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Quiet period leads into intrigue

Jan 30, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

Bennett Okotcha

It’s officially an NCAA quiet period right now, meaning there’ll be little news breaking until Wednesday morning, when faxes begin pouring into the football office at The Gug. (I’ll be getting up at a bizarrely early hour to follow along in the festivities, for your pleasure of course…) While the past few days have added some clarity to the roster situation, that doesn’t mean it’ll be smooth sailing until Wednesday.

With running back Savon Huggins staying home and going to Rutgers and long-snapper extraordinaire Bryce Haynes committing to Ohio State, that leaves the Irish in the mix for only one more player, defensive end Troy Niklas. Where he’ll go is anyone’s guess, but Servite high school has plenty of ties to USC, so it’s far from a lock that he’ll be dialing 574 into the fax machine.

One other situation to monitor is that of cornerback Bennett Okotcha. The Coppell, Texas native and teammate of running back Cam McDaniel reportedly visited Oklahoma over the weekend, who have made a hard push after Okotcha in the final days of recruiting. It’ll likely be Wednesday morning by the time we find out where the talented corner ends up. It’s a position that the Irish need depth at, and the Irish’s flipping of Okotcha from the Wisconsin Badgers was one of the more under-rated moves of the recruiting season.

There are the usual rumors buzzing around, including the news that Fort Wayne running back and Stanford commit Remound Wright has been offered a scholarship by the Irish, but it looks to be only internet rumors. Of course, if a second fax comes in from Bishop Dwenger high school on Wednesday, the Irish will have secured another four-star recruit, this one in rather spectacular fashion.

Hang on, it might be a bumpy ride until Wednesday morning. We’ll do our best to steer you through.

 

  1. oldestguard - Jan 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Steady as she goes there, Capt.

    Bring ‘em all home safe and sound !

  2. borromini - Jan 30, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    KA…did you by chance catch the tweeted rumor from Newberg that Alford might be the Florida RB coach after NSD? Tell me it’s just crazy talk.

  3. whisk3yjack - Jan 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Most analysts project Oklahoma as the preseason #1, no? If their interest in Okotcha doesn’t confirm that he’s seriously underrated, I’m not sure what would.

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