Notre Dame football: Irish duo earning attention

Bob Wieneke

The rush of preseason college football watch lists continued on Friday, and, like a number of previous lists released over the last two weeks, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award list included a couple of familiar names — Notre Dame defensive stalwarts Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt.

Nix's name now appears on six of those watch lists. They include the Bednarik, Nagurski, Maxwell, Outland and Lombardi lists, in addition to the Camp. Tuitt's name is on all of the same lists as Nix with the exception being the Outland.

The 6-foot-3, 347-pound Nix, a nose guard, was seventh on the Irish in tackles last season, registering 50, including two sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.

Tuitt, a 6-6, 322-pound junior defensive end, recorded 47 tackles and topped the Irish with 12 sacks.

Notre Dame, which went 12-1 last season, opens Aug. 31 at home against Temple.

At the top

ESPN recently released its "Junior 300" list and Notre Dame target Jashon Cornell is ranked as the No. 1 player in the country.

Cornell, a 6-3, 245-pound defensive end, plays at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., and is a former teammate of current Irish freshman wide receiver James Onwualu. Former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd is among a number of former ND players who attended the same school.

Also on the list is recent ND commit Jerry Tillery, a 6-7, 312-pound offensive tackle from Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La.

Tillery is ranked as the No. 205 player.

Early bird

Wide receiver Justin Brent of Speedway, Ind., was among the first players to commit to Notre Dame's recruiting class of 2014, pledging the Irish last July just days after receiving an offer.

Now Brent will be among the first players to arrive on campus.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Brent, announced on Twitter this week that he will enroll at ND in January for the spring semester, which will allow him to participate in spring practice.

Brent is among 15 players who have committed to Notre Dame's recruiting class of 2014.

Notre Dame defensive stalwart Louis Nix is on six preseason watch lists.