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Hurricanes and Irish battling for recruits, too

Dec 16, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT


It’s not enough that Miami and Notre Dame will face off on December 31st in the Sun Bowl. New head coach Al Golden kick-started the rivalry when he dropped into the Brooklyn high school of Irish target Ishaq Williams, throwing the Hurricanes into the heated pursuit for the blue-chippers signature. spoke with Lincoln High coach Shawn O’Connor, who chronicled the visit.

“Coach Golden and Coach D’Onofrio made a great impression on Ishaq,” O’Connor said. “Ishaq was very impressed. Now, he’ll go home and put this through his process, go through it all. I don’t think he really thought about the whole Miami thing until now. I don’t know if he’ll visit, but Coach Golden did a great presentation. We know he’s going to be a great coach. He’s keeping ties from the north to the south.”

The Hurricanes currently have only four committed prospects, with Anthony Chickillo openly wondering if he’ll visit Notre Dame and a few other places. It goes to show you how elite of a prospect Williams is that Golden would take both he and his defensive coordinator to Brooklyn instead of patrolling South Florida for recruits with stronger ties to the ‘Canes.

Irish fans, rest easy. Williams and his family welcomed head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco into their home earlier this week to listen to another sales pitch on why the Irish were a great fit for the Brookyln product.

Here’s what Shaun Williams, Ishaq’s father, told Pete Sampson of

“They always make a compelling case,” Shaun said. “It’s just clarifying some stuff with us in terms of what it is actually that they do in that defensive. Coach Diaco has a defense that is his own invention. It just oversimplifies it by calling tit a 3-4. It’s not purely a 3-4. It’s something brand new and something brand new that they want Ishaq to do, which is kind of cutting edge.”

From the sounds of it, the Hurricanes have quite a bit of catching up to do in the recruitment of Williams, but that won’t stop them from trying.


  1. ndgoldandblue - Dec 16, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Keith, I was listening to the podcast of Irish Illustrated Insider, and one of the hosts (Tim Prister I think) said that Stephon Tuitt is a little uncertain about coming to Notre Dame. Is this just baseless speculation, or is there something to it? Should we be worried about losing Tuitt? Do you have any inside information about this?

    • whisk3yjack - Dec 16, 2010 at 7:17 PM

      Tuitt is taking an official visit to Auburn now. I haven’t heard anything about him being “uncertain” about joining the Irish though.

      • Keith Arnold - Dec 16, 2010 at 8:08 PM

        I try to treat recruiting like the stock market. Don’t follow the day to day of it all, or you’ll go nuts. Think it was Pete Sampson who had the news on Tuitt, but who knows what’ll happen when Kelly and a group of the staff head down there.

  2. daweapon - Dec 16, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    ND Sucks

    • ndfootballfan4life - Dec 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM

      wonderful contribution daweapon…your insight is greatly appreciated…i feel sorry for you that you felt the need to take the time to go to an irish fansite, create a user name, sign in, but only have enough intelligence to say “ND sucks”…very clever.

  3. ndfootballfan4life - Dec 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    so does anyone know who the football player is who was accused of sexually assaulting the st. mary’s student??

    • Keith Arnold - Dec 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

      This is something that we’re not going to discuss here. I’ve intentionally steered clear away from writing about something that’s been covered in such a one-sided manner, and think it’s really dangerous what’s going on in the coverage of this entire unfortunate incident.

  4. 1notredamefan - Dec 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    These journalists who want to use this young ladies death as a spring board of opportunity to push their agenda of hatred toward Notre Dame are the lowest kind of human beings, as they make a martyr out of this young lady I can only pray that there family can ignore the stereotypes and find peace in such a hard time of their lives! Suicide invokes blame of the most serious kind and I’m sure her family is fighting these very thoughts themselves.

    My deepest sympathy goes to the family of this beautiful young lady, my personal experience on this unfortunate matter is something I deal with on a day to day basis and I can understand the pain that they feel.

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