Corwin Brown was a major reason Notre Dame had the #1 recruiting class in the country in 2008, and his success in the Chicago area was a major reason for that. In 2009 the Chicago area didn’t offer a whole lot of top notch talent, but the area is stocked with blue chippers in 2010 and could be the reason for another stellar Irish recruiting class next February.
In ’08, Corwin and Notre Dame cleaned up in the Chicago area by landing Steve Filer, Darius Fleming, and Sean Cywnar. Rivals lists Rob Ianello as the recruiter for Filer, but it was generally considered that Brown was a major reason for Notre Dame’s success recruiting the area in 2008. Notre Dame struggling in recruiting in ’09 compared to ’08 and the Chicago area being short on talent in ’09 are not merely coincidences. When Chicago is loaded in talent, Notre Dame has a chance to clean up in recruiting. This is the case in 2010.
Here’s a look at five Chicago area recruits that would be outstanding additions to Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2010.
- Chance Carter (DE) – 6’4″, 235 / Loyola Academy – Wilmette, IL
Defensive end is a position of need for Notre Dame in 2010 after striking out at the position in 2009 and Carter fits the bill of a speed rusher. Carter didn’t play organized football until 6th grade so he is a bit behind some other high school players, but he recently gave up basketball in order to focus solely on football. He also is an early enrollment candidate. Notre Dame is a finalist along with Wisconsin and Stanford. Look for Carter to decide early.
- Corey Cooper (WR/DB) - 6’2″, 195 / Proviso East – Maywood, IL / Committed to Illinois
Cooper is listed as a defensive back on some websites, but his primary position and the one he wants to play in college is wide receiver. I posted some highlights of Cooper as a WR earlier this month, and its easy to see why he is being recruited as wide receiver by most schools. He committed to Illinois in April of 2008, but he is still talking to a number of schools and Notre Dame is thought to have a very good chance here. He’s from the same high school as current safety Sergio Brown. Get on the horn, Sergio.
- C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE) – 6’7″, 240 / Johnsburg – Johnsburg, IL
Considered one of the best tight end prospects in the country, Fiedorowicz is a matchup nightmare for any defense with his height. Notre Dame is pretty deep at tight end after signing two tight ends in 2009 and having three others with three years of eligibility remaining, but the Irish are still heavily pursuing this massive tight end recruit. He is down to Iowa, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue or Illinois and would like to decide in the Spring.
- Christian Lombard (OT) – 6’5″, 280 / Fremd HS – Palatine, IL / Commited to Notre Dame
Offensive tackle is the biggest need for Notre Dame in 2010 in my opinion and Lombard was the first commitment in this year’s class for the Irish. He is a five star OT according to Scout and will be one of the top tackle prospects in the country on just about every recruiting service.
- Kyle Prater (WR) - 6’4″, 190 / Proviso West – Hillside, IL
Prater could fit the bill of the big, tall wide receiver for this class. He is built very similarly to Maurice Stovall coming out of high school and has a lot of potential. I posted some highlights of Prater earlier this month. On his highlights he is playing at another level than his competition. In January he went down to San Antonio for the Army All American Combine and went home with the MVP award. He’s been getting a lot of attention since then, and will be one of the most sought after wide receivers in the country this year. He hasn’t narrowed down his schools yet, but Prater is another recruit Notre Dame has a pretty good shot at.
Notre Dame needs to come away with at least three of these recruits (including Lombard) in order to have another 2008-esque recruiting class. Right now, Carter looks like the most likely to join Lombard as Chicago area commitments for the class of 2010, but the other three are all also heavily considering Notre Dame at this point as well. How Notre Dame fares in Chicago in 2010 will go a long way in determining what kind of recruiting class the Irish will have for next year.
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