Irish Bringing Out The Texas Talent

This weekend it’s not the Texas Longhorns attracting all this Lone Star State talent to one venue.

Four-star CB Nick Watkins is a major target for Notre Dame in 2014. He'll see the Irish play twice this month.

It’s not the Texas A&M Aggies bringing in many of the state’s top prospects to one spot.

On Saturday, eyes in the area will be on Notre Dame, as the Irish head to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to play Arizona State in the fifth annual Shamrock Series game. The Longhorns played at Iowa State on Thursday and A&M is on bye week this weekend.

Before bringing the Shamrock Series to the Dallas area., Notre Dame played the previous dates in San Antonio, the Bronx, Landover, Md., and Chicago.

As the Irish continue to take their brand all over the United States, several Texas targets will get a taste of Notre Dame football for the first time. The Irish coaching staff is not allowed to have interaction with recruits at the game, but they can provide tickets. Prospects will get a chance to become more familiar with Notre Dame by watching them play while also soaking in the atmosphere of an Irish game including the fans and band.

Not only will major names from Texas be at the game, but top players from Louisiana as well.

Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne Catholic teammates Nick Watkins and Payton Hendrix will be seeing a lot of Notre Dame this month. Besides the Arizona State game on Saturday, the two will make it to South Bend for an official visit the weekend of Oct. 19 as the Irish host USC. Currently holding the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class in 2014, Notre Dame is the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite to land both Watkins and Hendrix. Watkins is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 12 cornerback while Hendrix checks in as the country’s No. 46 safety.

The Irish would like to see Top100 defensive back Arrion Springs in the house on Saturday. There has been dialogue between Notre Dame and the Oregon commit, and an official visit to South Bend has also been talked about.

A pair of Irish commits, one in 2014 and one in 2015 will attend in The Colony (Texas) High’s Grant Blankenship and Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy Top100 junior offensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

Five-star DT Daylon Mack picked up a Notre Dame offer this week and the touted junior is excited to watch the Irish play on Saturday.

There will be several 2015 prospects Notre Dame would eventually like to see join Tillery in the fold at the game. Irish assistant coach and Texas-Louisiana recruiter Kerry Cooks has his program out to a fast start with many of the names. Already holding an Irish offer is Gladewater (Texas) High five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack, Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall Top50 cornerback Kendall Sheffield, Ennis (Texas) High Top100 defensive end/outside linebacker James Lockhart, Whitehouse (Texas) High Top247 safety Justin Dunning, Shreveport (La.) Woodlawn Top247 defensive tackle T.D. Moton, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne defensive tackle Darrion Daniels.

Other major 2015 names expected to attend and on the Irish radar includes Plano (Texas) West five-star running back Soso Jamabo, Allen (Texas) High Top25 quarterback Kyler Murray, Sulphur Springs (Texas) High Top100 safety Larry Pryor, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite Top247 quarterback Chason Virgil, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine four-star receiver Stanley Morgan, Dallas (Texas) Skyline four-star receiver Carlos Strickland and intriguing Burton (Texas) High athlete Louis Brown.

A name very familiar to Notre Dame fans, Raghib Ismail, a 2015 athlete from Irving (Texas) Ranchview will attend. He is the son of Notre Dame All-American Raghib Ismail.

When it’s all said and done, roughly 75 prospects will be on-hand Saturday. For more on Notre Dame’s big recruiting weekend, click here.

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