This year's Pinstripe Bowl is between Notre Dame and Rutgers.
By and large, the names to watch this in this game are on Notre Dame. However, there is one player on the Rutgers squad worth paying attention to, and that's Brandon Coleman.
Brandon Coleman (WR, rJr)
Coleman is an enormous receiver at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds. Coleman uses that frame well, bullying defensive backs at the line of scrimmage, and boxing them out to make the reception. He plays inside as well as outside, and puts his massive catch radius to use down field as well as over the middle. He doesn't high-point the ball as well as some of the other NBA-sized receivers (Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin come to mind), however his route tree is more developed. His quickness is average, but has long legs and surprising speed in the open field.
Going by his 2012 tape, Coleman had the potential to become one of the best receivers in the country in 2013. However, he didn't take that next step. His hands are still inconsistent, and sometimes it seems his concentration is lacking.
The Irish squad has a number of prospects who should, or at least could, hear their names called in May.
Stephon Tuitt (DE, Jr)
Tuitt is a big defensive end at 6-6, 300 pounds. He's really more suited to play end in a 3-4 front than the 4-3 the Giants currently employ. However, he has moved inside and played 3-tech (lining up between the guard and tackle) in a four-man front.
This year Tuitt has racked up 45 tackles (7.5 for a loss) and six sacks, all of which are the most among Notre Dame defensive linemen. It's a step back from his 2012 production, but Tuitt has the tools to succeed at the next level.
Zack Martin (OL, Senior)
Martin has played most of his career at left tackle. However, he translates better to guard at the next level. While he isn't athletic enough to hold up on the edge at left tackle in the NFL, he does have better than average quickness and athleticism for guard. Add to that his nasty demeanor, natural bend, and core strength, Martin can be effective going forward.
Unfortunately, the best prospect (in my humble opinion) on either squad won't be playing in this game. That would be Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix iii.
Nix is a massive human being at 6-3, 340 pounds. Despite his size, Nix displays incredible agility and quickness to go with elite power, a wide-open motor, and a downright mean demeanor on the field. Nix ended his season early when he decided to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Teams: Notre Dame, Rutgers
When: Saturday, Dec. 28th, Noon ET