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Greenberry and Prosise join the Irish recruiting fold

May 29, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT


It’s been a busy weekend for the Irish coaching staff, as they’ve reeled in two more recruits, with safety CJ Prosise and wide receiver Deontay Greenberg pledging their commitment to Notre Dame.

The news that Greenberry committed was far less of a surprise than Prosise, as Greenberry’s been on Irish fans’ radar for months. The lanky receiver has long been rumored to join his cousin Tee Shepard in South Bend eventually, and Mike Denbrock’s visit to Fresno in early May with a scholarship offer was all Greenberry needed.

“It was just a matter of time,” Greenberry told “I pretty much knew what I was gonna do. I kind of knew it was gonna be them this whole time. My coaches were kinda getting tired of all the colleges coming up. Since I knew I decided to pull the trigger.”

Greenberry is a highly-ranked prospect, checking in just outside’s first Top 100 list, and has been lighting up the summer camp 7-on-7 circuit.

As for Prosise, the Irish are getting a physical presence at safety, with legit size at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. He also has some speed, finishing second in the in the 100-meter dash at the Virginia state track meet. As important as any other factors, Prosise adds more depth to a secondary that’ll need to replace Harrison Smith, Gary Gray and Robert Blanton after this season.

Prosise has offers from Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Penn State and North Carolina and will visit South Bend for the first time next weekend. He’s also got the ability to play offense for the Irish, another potential cross-over in a diverse group of players.

The Irish have nine verbal commitments in their 2012 recruiting class.

  1. bernhtp - May 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    I wonder what effect Tressel’s resignation will have a recruiting, especially in the midwest.

    • nddc21 - May 30, 2011 at 10:53 PM

      Ironically, had Charlie not been fired when he was, Coach Kelly would have been the top choice for the recent Michigan and OSU vacancies. Needless to say, I’m VERY glad he’s on our side.
      With Ohio and the Midwest opening up recruiting-wise, I would love to see us build a stacked roster like OSU’s– instead of rebuilding every few years, we could just reload with the next round of talent on the way to BCS domination. Great time to be a ND fan.

  2. paiten34 - May 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    This is very good to see. Greenberry looked like ND was his college of choice for a long time. After Shepard signed last month Greenberry seemed very interested in ND. Prosise signing was a very nice addition to ND defensive backs. He has the speed and size to be a solid safety.
    All in all this has been a good day for ND recruiting. Speed, size, room to grow and an overall bright future for for the ND class of 2012!

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