Hilliard kicks off Notre Dame visit parade

South Bend Tribune

A busy month of recruiting visits started in earnest this weekend at Notre Dame.

The first, on Saturday, came from one of the top targets in the 2015 class, linebacker Justin Hilliard.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect from Cincinnati St. Xavier High planned to be in Baltimore for the Rivals Five-Star Challenge this weekend. A minor injury prevented him from competing, so he made a trip to Notre Dame with his mother instead.

Hilliard, who’s expected to make his college decision this summer, appears to be focusing on Notre Dame and Ohio State. He included Alabama, Iowa and Michigan in his top five on May 23.

247Sports slates Hilliard as a five-star recruit, the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country and No. 13 overall regardless of position. Rivals ranks him as a four-star prospect, the No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 49 overall.

On Sunday, in-state defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum plans to visit South Bend. The 6-4, 296-pound prospect from Indianapolis Park Tudor recently reported an offer from the Irish on May 30.

A three-star prospect, Tiassum ranks as the No. 21 defensive tackle in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports. Rivals rates him as the No. 24 defensive tackle.

Three-star defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway has a trip to Notre Dame scheduled for Wednesday. The 6-4, 269-pound prospect from Bolingbrook, Ill., also received his offer at the end of May.

247Sports slates him as the No. 29 strongside defensive end in the 2015 class and the No. 9 recruit in Illinois. Rivals ranks him 14th-best in the state.

A pair of 2015 wide receiver prospects are also expected this week — Equanimeous St. Brown and Miles Boykin. The 6-5, 195-pound St. Brown teams with recently offered quarterback Travis Waller at Servite High in Anaheim, Calif.

A four-star prospect, St. Brown rates as the No. 16 wide receiver in the class, according to 247Sports. Rivals ranks him No. 20 at the position.

The 6-4, 212-pound Boykin will be visiting with his Core 6 Athletes training facility on Saturday. The four-star prospect visited the Irish multiple times this spring. Rivals ranks Boykin as the No. 10 wide receiver in the class and No. 116 overall. 247Sports slates him as the No. 33 wide receiver.

 Providence's Miles Boykin (81) is among the recruits visiting Notre Dame this weekend. (Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media).