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Live Blog: National Signing Day 2012

Feb 1, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT

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The faxes will begin rolling into the football offices at Notre Dame before sunrise. With cornerback Tee Shepard, defensive lineman Sheldon Day, and quarterback Gunner Kiel already enrolled in school, the Irish are expected to receive at least fourteen letters-of-intent Wednesday, finalizing a recruiting season that will bring another class of student-athletes into the Notre Dame family, the culmination of thousands of hours of work by the Irish football staff.

There are a handful of names Notre Dame will be chasing until the end. But even if the Irish don’t manage to swing a signing day surprise, the Irish have put together a more than solid recruiting class that filled some major roster needs with impact players from around the country. For those disappointed in the status quo, a friendly reminder: A big name that picks your hat live on TV means the same exact thing as a commitment you’ve had since August, even if it’s not quite as exciting.

We’ll keep you posted on the minute-to-minute activity in the live blog below. While our friends at will be broadcasting the events live from The Gug, we’ll be co-hosting the official Signing Day live-blog here, where we’ll be the first place to report when faxes come in, breaking down the action as it comes.

We’ll keep a running tally of the commitments as they come, keeping you up-to-speed as the Irish finalize their recruiting class. The live blog will be here for your enjoyment, and will feature some special guests and some in-depth analysis as the day unfolds.

As usual, keep your comments clean, keep them coming, and keep checking in as we celebrate another recruiting class.



(Updated throughout the morning)

7:05 a.m. — John Turner, DB — 6-2, 205-lbs. Cathedral High — Indianapolis, Indiana

7:14 a.m. — Romeo Okwara, OLB — 6-4, 235-lbs. Ardrey Kell — Charlotte, North Carolina

7:21 a.m. — Mark Harrell, OL — 6-5, 275-lbs. Charlotte Catholic — Charlotte, North Carolina

7:28 a.m. — Justin Ferguson, WR — 6-2, 205 lbs. Flanagan High — Pembroke Pines, Florida

7:47 a.m. — C.J. Prosise, DB — 6-2, 205 lbs. Woodberry Forest High — Woodberry Forest, Virginia

7:56 a.m. — Chris Brown, WR — 6-2, 175 lbs. Hanahan High — Hanahan, South Carolina

8:04 a.m. — Will Mahone, RB — 6-0, 210 lbs. Fitch High — Austintown, Ohio

8:14 a.m. — Scott Daly, LS — 6-4, 230 lbs. Downers Grove South — Downers Grove, Illinois

8:28 a.m.  — Jarron Jones, DL — 6-6, 305 lbs. Aquinas Institute — Rochester, New York

9:12 a.m. — Nick Baratti, DB — 6-2, 200 lbs. Klein Oak — Spring, Texas

9:23 a.m. — Elijah Shumate, DB — 6-1, 205 lbs. Don Bosco Prep — West Orange, New Jersey

11:30 a.m. — KeiVarae Russell, RB — 6-0, 180 lbs. Mariner High — Everett, Washington

11:46 a.m. — Ronnie Stanley, OL — 6-7, 290 lbs. Bishop Gorman — Las Vegas, Nevada

  1. brendanunderscoreg - Feb 1, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Good luck today, Keith! Hope the coffee is strong!

  2. alsatiannd - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Post says ND is expecting 14 LOIs. 11 have bee received so far. Who’s unaccounted for?

    • nudeman - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Well … Greenberry just siged with Houston so that is one you can cross off the list

      • mtndguy - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        Why would a recruit pick Houston over Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, and LSU, or for that matter any of the other schools he had offers to? Houston? Seriously?

      • nudeman - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        My idea of the reasons why:
        1) Nervous about academics
        2) Lacks confidence in ability to perform at high level program
        3) Didn’t want to go where it’s cold (that’s always a good reason for a life decision)
        4) Wants to be “The Man”.

        Or some combination. Whatever. He’s gone. And in the end, he just wasn’t an ND guy.

  3. captainspaulding22 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    WTF happened with Greenberry???????

  4. kiopta1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    That’s some BS.

  5. ndfan12345 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    That could not be more disapointing. It’s one thing to lose recruits to the Urban Meyers’ of the world. This is something entirely different. He went to a school where an undefeated season barely lands you in the top 10. An irrational decision like that says to me that something fishy is up. Can’t wait to hear more about this one.

    What a blow. I wish him well, but with decision making like this, it makes you wonder…

  6. kiopta1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Man I feel like Carl from ATHF…I’m pissed!

  7. ct111 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I told you guys I had a bad feeling about today.

  8. ndfan12345 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Let’s look at the Greenberry thing this way: at least he’ll be completely irrelevant. How often do we end up facing off against the guys we lose out on, or watch them take other teams to the BCS? At least he can’t possibly do anything to hurt us as Houston….

  9. andy44teg - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM about a shocker…Something must’ve fell through with admissions. Oh well, maybe we might land Neal or Agholor now.

  10. ndtoronto - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    dont be suprised if greenbury ends up being the next carisle or prestwood transfering after one year lol

  11. dickasman - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    UNREAL guys….

  12. kiopta1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Yeah ND has been building a tradition of having guys they recruited come back after one year at another school. Nelson to USC.

    • mtndguy - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      That’s quite the tradition kiopta1, right up there with the Notre Dame/Navy game.

  13. dickasman - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I can’t help but suspect pay for play. I dunno. Good luck to him. Thank god we got at least shepard

  14. irishinmich - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Wonder if his 17 year old ego was bruised because ND was still coveting Neal and Algohor. Daniels’ development just became much more important. Keeping my fingers crossed for a positive “Shocker”.

  15. dickasman - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Tee can roll up in his Mercedes in about 10 years and have his cousin Deontay wash the car for him at the carwash Deontay works at. Unreal. Go to USC, Go to Oregon…Houston? We have a problem…

  16. dickasman - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    boy I think ND class would probably drop to about #20 if they lose out on dingleberry and don’t get neal or agholor….need a last minute miracle here

  17. captainspaulding22 - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    This is an absolute disaster. I could have stomached losing ANY other recruit, including Kiel. This one hurts really badly.

    • pjm79nd - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Maybe we ought to keep things in perspective. These are high-school kids making the transition to college. Nobody is a sure bet to succeed. And some players will be much better than forecast. How much attention did anyone pay to Tyler Eifert when he was either hurt or playing in the shadow of Kyle Rudolph?

      Wishful thinking on my part? Of course. But the world isn’t going to end because we didn’t get Deontay Greenberry.

  18. gtizzo - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    A thought on something that could shape the season is that this year more then the previous 2 could be shaped by the coaches. Brain Kelly was billed as an offensive guy but he has done nothing by shape a defense that has become more solid. The 2012 season is were Brain Kelly has to show off his offensive skills. He was suppose to be able to “synthesize” offense, it was defense he couldn’t fake. There really isn’t a “playmaker” at receiver, which means the Irish will have a hard time spreading the field vertically. I really think that does in Tommy Rees at QB and some new blood with be the signal caller next year. The other coach that could shape next season is Bob Diaco. Notre Dame and the front four they will put on the line next season could be a huge difference maker. The key will be if Diaco is willing to be aggressive like he was in the first half of the Champs sports bowl. Those two factors could play a huge role in shaping the 2012 season.

  19. notthatconfused - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    It’s not a disaster. You’re over-reacting. CBK has a history of getting his recruits to play better than their “star rating”. The fact that these guys wanted to play elsewhere (ie. Houston or USC) means they’re not the “right kind of guys” for ND. I’d think you’d want guys that are fully committed to playing for the Irish. These two weren’t. Nuff said.

    • captainspaulding22 - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      I’m glad you are drinking the Kool-Aid today, but I can’t help seeing this as anything but a huge blow to this recruiting class and the future of the offense. Greenberry was by far the most important recruit on the board and an absolute must have for this class. Missing out on him leaves us with a bunch of “guys” at WR, but no real stud. This is a huge loss.

      • mtndguy - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        That’s ridiculous. A powerful offense is built around more than one wide receiver. Besides, there are no guarantees that Greenberry will be a “real stud” just because he’s rated highly in High School. Chin up captain, life goes on.

  20. kiopta1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Any word on Neal? Hear he is not committing today.

  21. ajw21 - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Everyone needs to quit freakin out! These are kids who are unproven! We have no idea if Greenberry was the next MMF or the next Goodman. I will take the guys who want to be there and have faith in BK to develop them and continue to get guys who want to be there.

  22. brendanunderscoreg - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    OK, relaxed a little bit.

    The live blog was great. The guys at did a fantastic job keeping the convo going while Keith was banging out updates on this site. Great work by all. Jack Nolan needs a few days off after today. That man earned his paycheck (as did all involved).

    The only problem I had has no easy solution. Not being able to talk about guys whose LOIs haven’t arrived was tough. I don’t think there’s a way around that, and I’m not sure anyone wants to toe the compliance line for the sake of entertainment.

    Hats off to all involved today. Great work. Can’t wait for BK’s press conference next year after he unleashes the coaches to take the best players available and not just fill roster holes.

    When’s the spring game, again?

  23. kaf39 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Good luck to them next year.

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