NCF On The Trail: Justin Brent

Midyear signings: Notre Dame

January, 16, 2014
According to ESPN's Jared Shanker and Tom VanHaaren, the following players have enrolled at Notre Dame:

Andrew Trumbetti DE Demarest, N.J./Demarest
Height: 6-5, Weight: 250
Positional Rank: No. 10 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 97)
Under Armour All-American

Justin Brent WR Speedway, Ind./Speedway
Height: 6-1 Weight: 197
Positional Rank: No. 41 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 280)

Recruits react to Notre Dame experience 

September, 29, 2013
Notre Dame hosted Oklahoma in South Bend on Saturday, which meant it was a big opportunity to impress visiting prospects. That matchup was anticipated, and a good number of Notre Dame commits and targets were on hand.

Even prospects who weren’t in South Bend took notice of the game as they watched on television. Here are some tweets, photos and reactions from commits, targets and visiting prospects.

The receiver talent in Miami has been well documented. The same goes for Dallas and Los Angeles.

But Indianapolis is not typically known for producing stars out wide. The ones with the potential to be elite BCS-level receivers end up tossing a ball into a hoop rather than spiking it into the end zone. That changed with the 2014 class, though.

Four receivers from the Indianapolis area are going to nationally known programs. Justin Brent (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) committed to Notre Dame more than a year ago. Fellow ESPN 300 receivers Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) and Austin Roberts (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) just committed this week to Tennessee and UCLA, respectively. And Indianapolis Cathedral receiver Terry McLaurin worked out for Ohio State twice and gave Urban Meyer little choice but to offer him. He committed days later.

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The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.

RN Top 10: Columbus NFTC 

June, 3, 2013
The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect what their overall prospect ranking is.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Although the Ohio State coaches could not be at the camp, Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp at Ohio State’s football complex looked more like a Buckeyes practice with all the talent strewn across two practice fields. Recruiting Nation had to make some tough decisions in picking out the top performances of the day, but these 10 prospects made the strongest case to make the list.

10. Martesse Patterson
Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin | OT | 6-5, 280

Coming into the event, Patterson was a name that was not in the directory of a lot of those in recruiting circles. He changed that with his performance Sunday, which landed him the offensive line MVP honor. Line coach Todd Huber saw a raw Patterson on film -- it’s only Patterson’s second year playing football -- but was thoroughly impressed and believes he will be a very good guard in college.

“I was coming to show I’m just as good as some of the top guys in the country even though I’m new to football,” said Patterson, who has four Big Ten offers. “… I think I did good and that I can either be a guard or tackle.”

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Lessons Learned: Columbus NFTC 

June, 2, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour continued Sunday as several top players from the Midwest showcased their skills on Ohio State’s practice fields. The competitors didn’t disappoint, either, as some hard hits, great runs and incredible one-on-one drills showed just how strong this group was.

Here is what we learned:

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Justin Brent sees first Notre Dame game 

November, 7, 2012
ESPN Watch List receiver Justin Brent (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) lives only a few hours from South Bend in Indianapolis, but the Notre Dame commit had never been to a Fighting Irish game.

He got his first taste of a game at Notre Dame Stadium last Saturday, and he loved it so much he will be back again in two weeks for the Nov. 17 game against Wake Forest.

“Eighty thousand people screaming at the top of their lungs, what more do you want?” Brent said. “It was amazing.”

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Top junior Jay Hayes picks Notre Dame 

November, 7, 2012
Highly coveted 2014 offensive tackle Jay Hayes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Poly Prep) made an early commitment Wednesday to sign with Notre Dame, according to multiple sources.

Several outlets reported offers for Hayes from UConn, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, UCLA and Wisconsin.

247Sports also lists Alabama, Boise State, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami-FL, N.C. State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington as having offered.

Hayes, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect, is the third junior to give Notre Dame an early verbal. ESPN Watch List linebacker Greer Martini (Woodberry Forest, Va.) and ESPN Watch List wide receiver Justin Brent (Speedway, Ind.) announced their decisions in July.

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For 2014 receiver Justin Brent (Speedway, Ind./Speedway), he knew he was ready to commit to Notre Dame while on a visit. Except that visit Brent was actually to Ohio State.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound receiver went to Notre Dame’s camp on June 22 and followed it with a visit to Ohio State the following afternoon. Having seen and compared Notre Dame with another program – and the program of the coach, Urban Meyer, he grew up idolizing – Brent realized Notre Dame was the right place for him.

So he called Fighting Irish assistant coach Chuck Martin right after the Ohio State camp and gave him the good news. The Irish staff just wanted to see Brent’s transcripts and host him and his mother for one more visit before offering and accepting the commitment.

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Notebook: Lee hoping for OSU offer 

June, 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Darron Lee’s recruitment could end Monday.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) worked out once more for the Ohio State coaches during Saturday’s camp, and he will speak with the staff Monday morning to find out whether he has an offer.

Would he commit on the spot if the Buckeyes coaches come bearing good news?

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