Yuri Wright: Notre Dame's Replacement For Ronald Darby?

SOUTH BEND IN - SEPTEMBER 04: Starting quarterback Dayne Crist #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leads players to the field through the student section for warm-ups before a game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium on September 4 2010 in South Bend Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Notre Dame lost one elite corner. Can it pick up another?

Yuri Wright is arguably the top cornerback prospect in the country. Out of New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep, he's received offers from most of the top BCS schools in the country. And it's easy to see why. Wright has elite size at 6'2" and 180 pounds, can press receivers, and drives on the ball well. Yet he is still able to turn and run.

Wright visited Notre Dame on December 16th, and was complimentary of the visit. At that time, Notre Dame held a commitment from Maryland cornerback Ronald Darby. Darby has since decommitted and is considering Florida State and Clemson, among others.

Notre Dame fans are hopeful that the thinning of the potential depth chart thanks to Darby's departure will be enough to sway him to South Bend. And indeed many recruiting insiders believe this will be the case. Wright had dinner with Notre Dame's coaches after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Notre Dame really needs Wright, as it has had a difficult time securing commitments from elite defensive backs.

Notre Dame isn't the only school Wright is considering, however, as he is still scheduled to take visits elsewhere. One Michigan website stated that Wright would not be visiting Ann Arbor on January 13th, but two other sources say he will. Majority wins, as the Wolverines appear to be expecting Wright. Following that, he'll visit the hometown Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and then take a trip out to see the Cal Bears.

For more on Notre Dame recruiting, visit One Foot Down.

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