Blue and Gold Illustrated

December 2012

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Final Four FOOTBALL RECRUITING Notre Dame is focused on difference makers to close recruiting class, but will not be limited to that number. Based on the uncertain status of injured players like offensive linemen Matt Hegarty and Tate Nich- ols as well as fifth-year options, trans- fers and other factors, the Irish could possibly add as many as four more players to their current 22-man haul. While there are a number of targets N otre Dame has at least a pair of scholarships remaining in the 2013 Folston decision. Notre Dame had been his lone of- out its 2013 recruiting haul BY JASON SAPP ficial visit destination for some time, but he took his second official visit, traveling to Oregon for the Ducks' game against Stanford Nov. 17. South Florida has looked to be the primary in-state competition, but Notre Dame remains in a strong spot. He plans to make a late choice, with Oregon fight- ing with the Irish at this point. LB/DE ALQUADIN MUHAMMAD 6-4, 230, Ramsey, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep) left on the recruiting board, here's a look at four recruits that top the "wish list" and an evaluation of where Notre Dame stands for each. RB TAREAN FOLSTON 5-9, 185, Cocoa, Fla. (Cocoa) No. 19 player in Florida, No. 10 run- ning back in the nation and No. 118 overall prospect in the land. The Breakdown: The recruiting efforts of 247Sports Ranking: Four-star recruit, Dame has looked to be in a good spot for Muhammad, who was rumored to No. 4 player in New Jersey, No. 6 strongside defensive end in the land and No. 86 overall prospect in the na- tion. The Breakdown: For months, Notre 247Sports Ranking: Four-star recruit, Irish assistant Tony Alford have kept Notre Dame in the race for Folston, who has been the program's top tar- get as a slot receiver/running back hy- brid throughout the process. In fact, despite Notre Dame having the chance to potentially add Corey Clement (Wis- consin commit) of Glassboro, N.J., to fill that role, the Irish opted to wait on Linebacker-defensive end hybrid Alquadin Muhammad might join former Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep teammate and current Irish nickel back Elijah Shumate at Notre Dame next season. PHOTO COURTESY 247SPORTS

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