Notre Dame Football: Top-Notch Offensive Recruits Brian Kelly Must Land

Connor Killoren@@Connor_KillorenSenior Analyst IJuly 19, 2012

Notre Dame Football: Top-Notch Offensive Recruits Brian Kelly Must Land

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    Brian Kelly and his coaching staff have done wonders with defensive recruits in the 2013 class, but they're just getting started on the offensive side.

    The Irish have already landed quarterback Malik Zaire, a 4-star prospect out of Kettering, Ohio. The offensive line has also been addressed, with five commits in the class.

    Now it's time to surround Zaire and the offensive line with more talent at the skill positions.

    Following is a breakdown of which offensive targets Kelly must bring in.


David Williams, RB

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    Because running backs Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick will be gone after this season, it's imperative that Notre Dame land a quality running back in the 2013 class.

    One of the more popular names among Irish running back targets has been David Williams, a 6'1", 192-pound back from Imhotep Institute Charter School in Philadelphia. ranks Williams as a 4-star prospect, as well as 208th best player nationally, regardless of position.

    The Philadelphia native has yet to announce where he will be taking his official visits, but that announcement is likely coming soon, as college football's regular season is right around the corner.

    Williams' list of scholarship offers includes Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

Laquon Treadwell, WR

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    With the wide receiver position being relatively thin, the Irish are looking to reel in at least two receivers in the 2013 class.

    To this point, the most coveted wide receiver for the Irish has been Crete, Ill., product Laquon Treadwell.

    Treadwell recently released a list of finalists for his services, with Michigan being the leader for the time being. However, the 6'3", 183-pound receiver plans on taking all of his official visits, which may be enough for Notre Dame to sway Treadwell.

    Aside from Notre Dame and Michigan, the other schools that made Treadwell's cut include Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon.

Alvin Bailey, WR

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    Another highly sought after wide receiver with interest in Notre Dame is Seffner, Fla., native Alvin Bailey.

    A 4-star prospect per, Bailey has yet to announce which schools he would like take his official visits to, but he has narrowed his list of schools.

    Schools which made Bailey's cut were Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina Texas A&M, UCF, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

    Worth noting is the fact that Bailey is not considering in-state schools Florida, Miami and South Florida.

Jordan Cunningham, WR

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    Among all of Notre Dame's wide receiver targets, Jordan Cunningham seems to be the closest to making a decision. 

    Cunningham, a 4-star prospect from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has narrowed his list of schools to Alabama, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

    It's likely that Cunningham will take official visits to each school, but an early commitment wouldn't come as a surprise.

    The 6'3", 175-pound receiver must have academics as a high priority, with academically challenging schools such as Notre Dame and Stanford making his final cut.

Devon Allen, WR

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    Two-sport standout Devon Allen, a 6'1", 190-pound receiver from Phoenix, Ariz., will be making an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on July 29.

    Allen, who is also an excellent track and field athlete, has been developing a relationship with Irish safeties coach Bob Elliott. Allen says that Elliott is a "nice guy and is always fired up to talk to him," according to

    While he's in South Bend, Allen will visit with members of the football staff, as well as a few of the track and field coaches.

    Ultimately, Allen is looking for a school where he can excel in both sports.

    Other schools that have offered Allen are Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and UCLA.

Khalfani Muhammad, RB

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    A name that has been flying under the radar as far as running backs go is Khalfani Muhammad, a 4-star prospect per

    Muhammad hails from Sherman Oaks, Calif., the same hometown of former Irish quarterback Dayne Crist. Muhammad also attends the same high school that Crist graduated from, Notre Dame High.

    The 5'8", 174-pound prospect possesses tremendous speed, having been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That type of speed fits in perfectly in Brian Kelly's version of the spread offense.

    Aside from Notre Dame, other schools that have offered Muhammad include Arkansas, California, Cincinnati, Duke, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah and Washington.