Notre Dame football recruiting: Irish get off to quick start in June
Notre Dame was set to host defensive end Isaac Rochell from McDonough, Ga., defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko from Brooklyn, N.Y., and cornerback Cole Luke from Chandler, Ariz.
This weekend marked the start of an important month for the 2013 recruiting class. With standout linebacker Jaylon Smith bringing the class of 13 commitments on Saturday, the upcoming summer visits will play a large role in recruiting other prospects on the board.
Rochell first visited Notre Dame on April 2 and was scheduled to return on Sunday.
"Notre Dame's been the leader since the first visit, and that's always a good sign when you're talking about recruits and Notre Dame," said 247Sports.com national recruiting writer Steve Wiltfong.
With only one defensive lineman commit in the 2013 class, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Rochell would be a welcome addition. The senior-to-be at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 7 strong-side defensive end by 247Sports.
"Football is won in the trenches, and coach Brian Kelly and the coaching staff have done a fantastic job of stock-piling talent in the trenches on both sides of the football," Wiltfong said. "He'd be another great addition for this roster."
On Monday, Ogundeko is scheduled to arrive on campus. The 6-4, 230-pound rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High tweeted a top list on May 20 that consisted of Notre Dame, Alabama, Miami, Florida, Syracuse, UConn, Arizona State, West Virginia and Penn State.
"At this point he's considering a few offers and he's quickly become one of the East Coast's hottest recruits." Wilfong said. "At this point Notre Dame and Alabama may have the edge, but he's certainly looking at other schools too."
Wiltfong said Ogundeko has made visits to Boston College, UConn, Rutgers and Syracuse. He's rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 15 strong-side defensive end in the country.
Rounding out the trio of visits will be Luke on Tuesday. The 6-0, 170-pound cornerback is slated to visit with his Hamilton High head coach, former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Belles.
Luke had named a top seven of California, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Notre Dame and will be making his first visit to Notre Dame.
"This will be his first look, so we'll know a lot more about where Notre Dame stands after this upcoming visit," Wiltfong said. "(Notre Dame safeties) coach Bob Elliott's done a great job with building a relationship with Cole, his family and the coaching staff over at Chandler Hamilton, and getting Cole to come check out the campus. Notre Dame's right there in the mix."
Wiltfong said the Irish are looking for a third cornerback commit to join Devin Butler and Rashad Kinlaw in the class. Luke, a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in the country by 247Sports, could help the Irish recover after defections by Tee Shepard and Ronald Darby in last year's class.
"Corner is a huge need in this class," Wiltfong said. "Notre Dame has already addressed it with the guys they have committed and they're looking to add to it."
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