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Recruiting flurry continues with Aaron Lynch, Jalen Brown

Jul 31, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

In one of the busier 24 hour periods in memory, the Irish picked up two more recruits, their 15th and 16th commitments for the 2011 signing class.

There may not have been a more important recruit on the board than defensive end Aaron Lynch, who committed to the Irish this morning live on WNDU-TV in South Bend. Lynch profiles as a guy who can play defensive end in the 3-4, as well as get after the quarterback. At six-foot-six and a reported 265-pounds, he’s also the prototype of guys that Brian Kelly and staff are looking for to set the edge of their front, something the current roster is dangerously short of after starters Ethan Johnson and Kapron Lewis-Moore.

Lynch has offers from just about every major program in college football and turned down in-state powers Florida and Florida State to pledge to the Irish this morning. It’s another key recruit reeled in by defensive line coach Mike Elston, who just yesterday got a commitment from Anthony Rabasa as well.

The prediction of a recruiting trifecta was a little too conservative, as the Irish also completed the superfecta with the commitment of Texas cornerback Jalen Brown. At six-foot, 175-pounds, Brown has great size for a cornerback and was one of Notre Dame’s earliest offers at defensive back. He reports offers from over a dozen schools including a final four of Nebraska, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and the Irish. Outside linebackers coach Kerry Cooks recruited Brown out of Irving, Texas, a state Cooks will try to mine for talent.

At 16 commitments the proverbial bus is filling up quickly and the Irish can be incredibly selective with their final scholarships as they head into the fall and official visits. It’s quite an impressive weekend for the coaching staff, who filled major needs with every pick up, especially landing Lynch, who was an absolute critical get for the coaching staff.

  1. borromini - Jul 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Yeah baby…keep ‘em coming…although it will probably slow down now with final commits occurring during/after season including signing day.

  2. jarious - Jul 31, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Interesting numbers game to follow for Kelly with this class. Depending how many 5th years are brought back for 2011 (8 eligible) and the possible exodus of Rudolph/Floyd, they are probably looking at class size between 19-23. Most of those questions will be answered by the time signing day rolls around. Needless to say, Kelly and Irish have far more outstanding offers than slots. So, yes, the Irish can be incredibly selective in a sense, but it is also possible this class will virtually fill before signing day. Good problem to have though.
    I did see that Lynch was planning on enrolling next January.

  3. ugetwutuask4 - Jul 31, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Hey K.A. if I’m not mistaken Coach Alford was the key figure in recruiting Lynch but either way I’m just glad these kids are all on board. B.K. and Co. are really making recruiting in South Bend look easy. I guess Super Bowl rings and schematic advantages aren’t everything that they’re cracked up to be when your recruiting defensive studs like this staff is, huh? All it takes is a lil more fight in the Irish with some good ol’ fashioned guts and persistance to win these recruiting battles with the big boys in the SEC and BIG 12. Which is something no other coach has had in South Bend, since Dr. Lou was around to go out and do.
    Now if we could just find a couple of exciting insightful color commentators to put up in the booth and end this offseason with a bang. T Minus 35 days 00 hundred hours 55 minutes 59 seconds and still counting ’til kickoff.
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IRISH!!!!

  4. ugetwutuask4 - Jul 31, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Who says the Miami Heat had the best recruiting offseason in years? LOL YEAH RIGHT! We’re not even done yet!

  5. Art Vandelay - Aug 1, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    It’s nice to see some big names on defense jumping on board. We all know that the BK no huddle spread can put points up, but the other half of the game is preventing your opponent from doing the same, something Weis didn’t thoroughly appreciate. I think a good defense is a necessity to win the BCS and it all starts with pressure on the QB which can quickly dismantle even the best game plan. I’m glad we’re starting to see that in our future. Nice recruiting job BK and staff!

  6. nepachris - Aug 1, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    “kyle” rabasa??? it’s anthony rabasa.

  7. Keith Arnold - Aug 1, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Thanks… Fixed. Not sure what I was thinking there.

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