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January 25, 2013
Weekend visits: Irish eye several prospects
With the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, Notre Dame is looking to fill its last few spots in the Class of 2013.
Playing host to four players this weekend -- with two spots to take -- the Irish will look to make a push on closing the door on this class.
The Irish will be hosting five-star defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes from Placer (Calif.) High, four-star defensive end Kylie Fitts of Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, UCLA commit Deon Hollins Jr. from Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall and three-star tight end Durham Smythe of Belton (Texas) High.
Jake Brown covers recruiting for IrishIllustrated.com and said that he thinks one player could be close to committing.
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"Of the four guys coming in, I think Smythe would be the one to pop this weekend," Brown said. "He grew up a Notre Dame fan and I think has moved far enough up their board that if he wants to commit they would take him."
Of the remaining players, Brown believes that the Irish staff will be making the strongest push for the highest-rated player: Vanderdoes.
"I don't think he will commit this weekend no matter what," Brown said. "The best case is that the staff really impresses him and sends him back home thinking that this is the best place for him.
"Vanderdoes is the one they really want and after that the philosophy is to take the best player on the board. There are probably two spots left, maybe three depending on the players and if they want to fill the class, this is the best weekend to do it."
Here is the inside scoop on those story lines and more from the big weekend across the country.
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