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Irish snag blue-chip DT amidst transition

Dec 2, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

Anyone who worried that the lame duck Irish coaching staff was going to phone in their recruiting commitments with Charlie Weis no longer in charge got a pleasant surprise last night.

Louis Nix, one of the top defensive tackles in the country, committed to assistant coach Tony Alford Tuesday, making his switch from Miami official.

“He told me about the situation with the coaches and he said if he wasn’t going to be there, he thought I should still go there, and that Notre Dame was the best school for me,” Nix told Irish Sports Daily. “For someone to tell me that, who possibly wouldn’t be coaching me, that’s something worth listening to.”

Notre Dame fans should be impressed by the work of Alford and hopefully he’s impressing the future coach as well.

Nix’s is a consensus top 100 recruit in the country, rated the seventh-best defensive tackle by Rivals.

It’s kind of sad that Weis has started to reel in the elite defensive line prospects that he missed on during the early years of his tenure. If he had this kind of success back in season one and two, he’d still be coaching the Irish.

  1. TLNDMA - Dec 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Only Notre Dame.

  2. sharkey - Dec 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Good news! Alford deserves a bonus! Judging by Nix’s statement, he is obviously a young man who understands commitment. What’s been happening at MSU, Tenn, Oregon, et. al. hopefully will never happen a t Notre Dame with recruits like him.

  3. StephenOfTroy - Dec 2, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Never mind the if’s and but’s about Weis; this is about Notre Dame’s future. Weis didn’t cut it, and it would be nice if people would just stop making excuses for him.
    I’m glad they got a good defensive lineman. ND had another top D-lineman who de-committed, which is a shame. But Nix is a good start. Hopefully whoever the new coach and new assistants are, they will know how to COACH good recruits, so that they become good players.

  4. LOSER U. - Dec 2, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Anyone who commits to Notre Lame is a FOOL.

  5. MCan2 - Dec 2, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    WOW did you come up with that one all by yourself? Your name explains a lot!

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