July 21, 2008 // Notre Dame Recruiting

Wood, Motta, and Evans at Top Gun

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Notre Dame commitment Cierre Wood and prospects Zeke Motta and Shaquelle Evans are taking part in this week’s FBU Top Gun Showcase Camp in Florida and none seem to be disappointing.

Wood, Notre Dame’s five star running back commitment, has shown the speed that scouts have been raving about. The more I hear about him, the more I like him. In an interview with Rivals.com, he guaranteed Notre Dame would beat USC the next three years, and the scouting reports from the Top Gun Camp like the one below show that he’s got the skills to back up his statements. From Rivals’ running back evaluations:

Assets: Wood looks like he was shot out of a cannon when he makes his initial burst forward.
What was most impressive at camp: In the hand eye coordination drill with Coach White, he looked like a professional juggler.

Evans might be our best chance of landing an elite wide receiver this year. Rivals lists him as a five star prospect and if is anything like a young Laveranues Coles like the report below suggest, he would be an excellent addition to what is becoming a deep and versatile receiving corps being assembled by Charlie Weis and staff.

Assets: Evans has excellent speed and really can create space with his powerful body.
What was most impressive at camp: He seems to take to coaching very well and is eager to learn.
Areas for improvement: He is a tad stiff and should work on his lateral movement. Sometimes fights the ball when trying to make a catch. He really reminds me of a young Laveranues Coles.

Zeke Motta is an interesting prospect. He is listed by some services as a safety, but he has been working as a linebacker at Top Gun and has turned some heads in the process. He would be a very athletic linebacker prospect if he can gain the additional weight he’d need to play the position on the college level.

Assets: Great lateral movement and excellent ball skills.
What was most impressive at camp: Motta displayed very good closing speed in pass skeleton.
Areas for improvement: Would like to see him concentrate on being a linebacker at the next level. His great frame will surely take 25-pounds of muscle mass.
On the Hoof: Has good height, muscular calves and is really cut. Somebody was calling him Brian Urlacher.

Getting a linebacker with Urlacher-like comparisons would certainly be an excellent addition to this class. If Motta can stay at safety he would also make an outstanding strong safety prospect . Bottom line – he’s a very versatile prospect who could help out our defense in a number of ways.

Comments to this Article

  • JC commented on July 22nd, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Frankie, are we beyond toying with the idea of another top 5 class? By the way, I don’t like your choice in women.

    Where do you find them? LOL

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  • Frankie V commented on July 22nd, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    JC, we still will need to close VERY strongly in order to have a top 5 class.

    If we rounded out our class with Nixon, Shaq Evans, Zeke Motta, Anthony LaLota, Jelani Jenkins, EJ Banks, and say Pat Ward then yeah, I think we’ll have a top 5 class. Still have a lot of work to do and a lot of things need to fall right for us.

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  • JC commented on July 23rd, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I agree 100%, hopefully we can maintain our recruiting momentum. I am thrilled what we have on the roster now and in the future and future possibilities.

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  • MATTYBOY commented on July 23rd, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    THIS CLASS IS ALL ABOUT QUALITY AS THE LAST ONE WAS ABOUT QUANTITY AS WELL. IT’S RIGHT TO BE OPTIMISTIC JC BUT THE NUMBERS MIGHT NOT FALL AS GENEROUSLY AS LAST YEAR. WE ALREADY HAVE SOME GREAT RECRUITS IN THE FOLD AND TWO OR THREE MORE OF TOP CALIBER WOULD BE A PRETTY GOOD CLASS. LIKE FRANK I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL THOSE KIDS PICK THE IRISH. I STILL HOPE THAT THE ONES THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO COME TO SOUTH BEND ARE TRUE NOTRE DAME KIDS AND FOLLOW THROUGH. HERE’S TO CONTINUED RECRUITING SUCCESS AND STEALING TREASURES FROM THE BACKYARDS OF CARROLL AND MICHIGAN GO IRISH

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