It may be one of the biggest names in terms of opponents this weekend when the Irish take on Michigan, but some future big names will also be in the house.
With the class almost filled up heading into just the second week of the season, Brian Kelly can afford to be picky when it comes to commitments. With only 3-5 spots left in this haul, you can expect only big names to be added to this class from here on out.
Coming in this weekend on short notice will be a slew of talented high school seniors and juniors. Some Irish verbals, some close to becoming an Irish verbal, and some just getting a feel for what the program has to offer.
To start off the weekend with a bang, the highly touted pair of Atkinson's will make their way to the Bend. George, a four-star athlete, and Josh, a three-star cornerback, both are showing heavy interest in the Irish. The Californian-duo, the sons of former Radier George, would be a great get for Kelly to finish off this class, but work is still left to be done here. This weekend will play a major factor into their final decision.
Stephon Tuitt, a top four-star defensive end out of Georgia, will also make his way to the game on Saturday. Jumping up the national rankings, he is a player on the rise and a definite possibility to land with the Irish. Although his leader still looks to be Georgia Tech, anything can happen once a recruit gets on campus. Having spent time with him over the summer, don't be surprised if Tuitt ends up in the blue and gold as he is extremely dedicated to his studies and values in addition to his domination on the football field.
Another recruit that I was lucky enough to spend time with alongside Tuitt was Wayne Lyons out of Florida. The four-star safety holds over 50 offers from around the country and will be making his official visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan game as well. It may be tough to pry Lyons out from the backyard of Urban Meyer, but it isn't impossible with a mind-blowing visit to South Bend. In the end, however, Florida looks to be in good position here.
Other big names who will find their way to the game on Saturday include four-star OL Antonio Richardson and three-star DB Quincy Aldridge. Atkinson looks to be one of the few offensive linemen possibilities left on the board for Brian Kelly and would be a huge get. He possesses rare size and athletic ability and will push for early playing time anywhere he goes. Lucky for the Irish, they look to be in good position here, too. Aldridge is an intriguing prospect at the safety position, although he doesn't have the offers to back it up. The Irish hold the upper-hand here as they were the first to arrive to the party, so don't be surprised if he pulls the trigger sooner rather than later.
This weekend is not only huge for the current success of the team, but the future as well. Gaining interest in some of these big name recruits on Saturday will bode well for the remainder of the class as they make up most of the prospects left on the board.
Securing a verbal commitment would be nice, but getting these recruits to seriously put the Irish at the top of their list with time left to work with would be considered a success as well.