Blue and Gold Illustrated

June-July 2014

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FOOTBALL RECRUITING 247Sports Ranking: Three-star player, the No. 29 outside line- backer in the nation and the No. 18 prospect in Louisiana. Skinny: Upon receiv- ing his offer from Notre Dame Feb. 25, Wallace called it "huge" … Since then, Wallace has developed a close re- lationship with Notre Dame defensive backs coach and Louisiana recruiter Kerry Cooks … Wallace is expected to take his first trip to South Bend in June for the Irish Invasion camp, and if all goes well he could commit soon there- after … Wallace has been in communi- cation with fellow Louisiana native and offensive tackle Jerry Tillery, who is a 2015 pledge to the Irish … He would like to make a final decision at the end of the summer or early in his senior season. ELIJAH TAYLOR DT, 6-3, 285 Cincinnati (Archbishop Moeller) Junior Season: Tallied 68 tackles, six sacks and one fumble recov- ery. 247Sports Ranking: Four- star prospect, the No. 18 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 12 player in Ohio. Skinny: When Notre Dame offered Oct. 19, the Irish became the favorite to land Taylor … Since then, Florida State, Michigan State and Tennessee have all offered and tightened the race … Many believe this is an Irish-Spartans battle … Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston has recruited him hard, and Tay- lor could end his recruitment during his summer visit to South Bend … Taylor is expected to make a decision at the end of summer or early in his senior season. ASMAR BILAL LB, 6-3, 210 Indianapolis (Ben Davis) Junior Season: Notched 106 total tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery. 247Sports Ranking: Four- star recruit, the No. 176 player nationally, the No. 3 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 2 recruit in Indiana. Skinny: It took longer than expected, but Notre Dame finally offered Bilal, one of the top in-state players, April 5 … Since adding the offer from the Irish, Michi- gan, Oregon, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M have all extended offers … Bilal may be getting recruited on a national level, but many believe this will be a local battle between the Irish and the Wolverines … He is expected on campus for the Irish Invasion camp in June, and some recruiting analysts believe he could end his recruitment during his next trip to South Bend. SHAUN CRAWFORD CB, 5-9, 175 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward) Junior Season: Tallied 82 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two interceptions on defense, plus rushed 66 times for 808

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