Notre Dame Football: Shaq Thompson

Weekend recruiting notes

January, 9, 2012
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Four-star safety Elijah Shumate (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco) committed to Notre Dame during Saturday's Army All-American Bowl, choosing the Irish over Rutgers and South Carolina.

Shumate is the No. 14 safety in the country and No. 6 player in New Jersey.

Here is what our Damon Sayles and William Wilkerson have to say on Shumate:
Shumate had one of the more impressive offer lists in the country. In addition to his finalists, he had offers from UCLA, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona, USC, Colorado, Connecticut, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Illinois, Central Florida and Miami.

He is one of four players from Don Bosco to play in this season's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. It's believed to be the first time that many players from the same high school played in this game at the same time.

Shumate showed off his versatility in helping Don Bosco win its sixth consecutive Non-Public 4 title with two rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a score in the state title game. Don Bosco went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in the 2011 Fab 50.

Targets the Irish missed out on during the weekend include four-star receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and four-star safety Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant), who both chose California.

The Irish are still in the running for four-star offensive lineman Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif/Pleasant Grove), who said Saturday he will choose in "a couple of days to a week."

The No. 15 overall player and USC de-commit played on the defensive line Saturday and said his finalists are all recruiting him for defense. Those finalists are Notre Dame, Oregon, Cal, Auburn and Texas.

Our Craig Haubert writes:
He is a big kid and can be tough versus the run and provide some pressure as a bull rusher, but we came away from this game even more convinced that his best fit and better upside is at offensive tackle, the position where he is ranked in the ESPNU 150.

Irish recruiting update

October, 20, 2011
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As our Jared Shanker says, all eyes will be on South Bend this weekend Insider.

At least six uncommitted ESPNU 150 players will be in town for Notre Dame's first home night game in 21 years, and each player is on ESPNU's list of top uncommitted prospects Insider.

At least three juniors will be checking out the atmosphere against USC, too.

The Irish held steady this week in ESPNU's class rankings, at 11th overall. That would likely change with a strong showing this weekend.

By Shanker's count, the following are expected to be in town Saturday.

Class of 2012 prospects:
Ifeadi Odenigbo*
Zach Banner*
Shaq Thompson*
Byron Marshall*
Keith Marshall*
Arik Armstead*
John Theus* (Georgia commit)
Ishmael Adams
Brian Poole* (Florida commit)
Ronnie Stanley
Bryce Treggs*
Justin Ferguson*
Deontay Greenberry*
Tee Shepard*
John Turner
Scott Daly
Romeo Okwara
Mark Harrell

2013:
Kyle Kempt
Adam Breneman
Matt Alviti
Ethan Pocic
Richard Benjamin

*denotes ESPNU 150 player

As Irish recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin said Tuesday, there are only 24 hours a day, and he will need plenty of caffeine this weekend.

Not a bad problem to have.

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