Feb 1, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT
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 UND.com 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.
OFFICIAL LETTERS OF INTENT RECEIVED
(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