With recruiting winding down, the number of posts on the message board complaining about missing out on the likes of Martez Wilson, Ben Martin, Lorenzo Edwards, and Justin Trattou will start to dwindle. The number of positions proposing position changes, however, will sky rocket.
To get a jump start on that, here’s a look at a lot of the proposed position changes you will see posted on the board over the next few months.
Luke Schmidt to LB
Schmidt has the size for linebacker (6’3’, 230), but I think Weis will want to keep him on the offensive side of the ball. Schmidt’s got all the tools to be a very dangerous weapon at fullback/h-back. Notre Dame hasn’t had a fullback that you could consider a weapon since Marc Edwards. Schmidt has the potential to be that kind of fullback.
Asaph Schwapp to LB
Speaking of fullbacks, there’s been some clamoring for Schwapp to get a look at defense this spring as well. Schwapp is a big kid (6’0”, 250) and would be a massive inside linebacker. He might be too short to play an outside linebacker/pass rusher position Schwapp is going to be coming off a serious injury that cost him 10 games in 2006. Because the injury happened in the 2nd game of the season, though, Schwapp will still have three years of eligibility left. The thought if Schwapp lining up as an inside linebacker is certainly intriguing since he has the strength to be able to take on guards.
Chris Stewart to NT
Because of his massive size, he has become an obvious choice to be DCE’ed to nose tackle this off-season. While being huge is one of the characteristics to being a nose tackle in a 3-4, Stewart might be a little too tall. Interrior offensive linemen may be able to get under him at 6’5”. Still, Stewart could definitely take up some space at nose tackle and if he can keep adding strength this off-season, this is one position switch I would not be surprised seeing happen.
Greg Little to LB
Little hasn’t even signed a letter of intent yet, but he is already being DCE’ed all over the field because of his freakish athletic ability. Little is one of the most physically gifted athletes Notre Dame has gotten over the last several years and brings a lot of versatility. That said, I hope he doesn’t end up anywhere but wide receiver. I’m sure he would be a fine linebacker, but I think he could really flourish in this offense.
Demetrius Jones to WR
Everyone who is penciling Jimmy Clausen in as the starter is already penciling Jones in as a wide receiver. You’ll hear plenty of Arnaz Battle and Carlyle Holiday success stories as proof this move will work, but I’d really like to see what he’s got a quarterback. Having an elusive quarterback is a very dangerous weapon in an offense and you have to think that Weis would find ways to utilize his abilities very well.
Eric Olsen to DT
Olsen was one of the most impressive freshmen offensive linemen last year and cracked the two deep. With both starting guards graduating, Olsen will have a chance to start on offense, so this move just doesn’t make much sense to me. He’s got the kind of mean streak in him that the offensive line has been missing at Notre Dame over the last few years and I think his talents will best be suited on offense.
Chris Little to DT
Little is one of three incoming freshman offensive linemen whose name has popped up as a possible defensive lineman. Like Stewart, Little takes up a lot of space so people are obviously going to suggest that Little move to NT. Little’s current size might be more of a result of him not being in great playing shape due to some injuries. Little did have 40 tackles (20 for loss, and 4 sacks on defense during his senior year. Little’s height, however, could be a drawback as a nose tackle.
Emeka Nwankwo to DT
Nwankwo has recently said he’ll get a look at defense, but no matter where he ends up he will need to add some strength. Nwankwo is more suited as the second tackle on the outside in a 3-4, but doesn’t have ideal speed for the position. Still Nwankwo, has the size and desire to play defense and attitude is a big part of playing on the defensive line.
Andrew Nuss to DT
Nuss is another offensive line prospect who has said he’d like to play defense. Nuss wants to play on the defensive side of the ball and has the size to do it. Like Nwankwo, Nuss would probably be an outside defensive tackle because he doesn’t really have the size to be a nose tackle in a 3-4.
I think that about covers it for now. If you think of any others feel free to add them in the comments below and update this post with the better or more entertaining ones.[tags]Notre Dame Football, Asaph Schwapp, Chris Little, Greg Little, Andrew Nuss, Emeka Nwankwo, Eric Olsen, Demetrius Jones, Luke Schmidt[/tags]