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Anzalone confirms commitment as recruiting heats up

Nov 5, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

Alex Anzalone

Notre Dame’s recruiting class is nearly full at 22 members. And thanks to a weekend visit to South Bend by linebacker Alex Anzalone, it’ll stay that way.

The Wyomissing, Pennsylvania linebacker won his section championship on Saturday afternoon then took a drive to South Bend, spending Sunday and Monday with the Notre Dame coaches and support staff. After looking seriously at changing his commitment to Florida, a school and area where he has several family ties, Anzalone came back to Notre Dame for one final visit before deciding where he’ll enroll early this January.

With Anzalone, Notre Dame has one of the deepest recruiting classes in the country at linebacker, headlined by Jaylon Smith on the edge, with Michael Deeb joining Anzalone in the inside. Doug Randolph and Danny Mattingly wrap up the outside linebacker spots, replenishing a position group that’ll be losing some key contributors the next two seasons. But Anzalone was a lynchpin in the class, and a top 50 player in the country to boot, who planned on donning Manti Te’o’s No. 5 next season, no small honor.

After leaving South Bend today, Anzalone took to Twitter to announce his intentions.

First off, I want to thank the coaches who have been supportive of me throughout my recruitment. There have been many highs and lows but when it came down to it I had to find the best fit for me. I have developed close relationships with many GREAT coaches, but at the end of the day I had to chose one school. I have been committed to ND since July. With that, I want to reaffirm my commitment to Notre Dame and shut down my recruitment completely with all other schools. God bless!

The Irish holding onto Anzalone was hardly the only good news of the weekend. In addition to locking down cornerback Cole Luke in the past week, blue-chip safety Max Redfield, who visited the Irish for the Stanford game even though he was committed to Southern Cal, officially decommitted from the Trojans, naming Notre Dame his new leader. Rivals ranks Redfield as the No. 31 player in the country, the second best player in California, and he’s another great option for the Irish in a secondary that’s still looking for bodies.

Here’s what Redfield released on his Facebook page, according to the South Bend Tribune’s Tyler James:

“Going back on my word is something I never imagined doing and it hurts me to do it but in the end I feel is necessary to do in order to decide what college I want to go to and in the end what path I want to take in life. For many different reasons I am choosing to decommit from USC and re-open recruiting. I am sorry to the people I might let down or hurt in this decision but it is a decision that is crucial for my future athletically, academically, and spiritually. I will not be accepting calls for interviews, quotes etc.”

How Notre Dame closes its recruiting class is anybody’s guess. In addition to Redfield, Demarcus Robinson, one of the top wideouts on the Irish’s board, was in South Bend this weekend and all reports say he enjoyed his visit. Whether that means he’ll step away from his commitment to Clemson or not is anybody’s guess, but he’s believed to be one of the few players that the Irish would accept a commitment from right now.

How many more commitments the Irish take will be determined by multiple factors. Can Notre Dame win an appeal for a sixth season for Jamoris Slaughter? Is Tate Nichols knee injury severe enough to end his career and put him on a medical hardship, opening up a roster spot? Just who will the Irish staff invite back for a fifth year?

Sitting at 9-0 and with a rock solid recruiting class, these are all champagne problems. But with Anzalone sticking with his decision to come to Notre Dame and other elite players potentially tempted by the lure of the Irish, it’s a nice reminder that winning always restores the luster of the golden dome.

  1. heisenbyrg - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Good for ND and good for Anzalone. But the same people who are about to celebrate him and his decision are the same ones who would’ve said f*** him if he had left.

    Anyway, seems to be a great player by all accounts, and I expect him (and Jaylon Smith) to see the field early. We’ve got a Manti-sized void to fill in the middle, and I’d hope the coaching staff wouldn’t promise #5 to just anyone.

    Things are looking good in ND nation. Actually, better than they’ve EVER looked to a 23 year-old fan.

    • mtflsmitty - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      As the rumors of a switch to Florida heated up a few weeks ago, I actually recall several posts here wishing Anzalone good luck whichever way he went.

  2. dickasman - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Alex Dingleberry? Nahhhh, doesn’t have a ring to it.

  3. upthera44 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Speaking of Manti graduating, who is slotted to take his spot? How are the linebacking positions looking for next year in general?

    • mtflsmitty - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Here’s the Current 3-Deep:

      13 Danny Spond | 6-2, 248, JR
      30 Ben Councell | 6-5, 240, SO
      45 Romeo Okwara | 6-4, 239, FR

      55 Prince Shembo | 6-2, 250, JR
      11 Ishaq Williams | 6-5, 255, SO
      56 Anthony Rabasa | 6-3, 240, SO

      5 Manti Te’o | 6-2, 255, SR
      59 Jarrett Grace | 6-3, 240, SO
      8 Kendall Moore | 6-1, 242, JR

      48 Dan Fox | 6-3, 240, SR
      44 Carlo Calabrese | 6-1, 245, SR
      38 Joe Schmidt | 6-0, 223, SO

      Despite having a great season thus far, I would think Jaylon Smith will immediately compete with Spond at the Dog. Anzalone could conceivably compete at the Will or Mike. I believe Fox and Calabrese could both have a 5th year.

  4. mtflsmitty - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I have a 12 yo son who loves the Irish as much as I do. Lately I’ve been reluctant to let him read comments here because there is so much foul language, drug references, and comments about women.

    I’m not saying you guys can’t post like that if you want. But I am asking that you might consider not posting like that.

    • ndfaithful - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      heck, I’m ashamed and embarassed to let my son even read the nicknames here.

    • mimefrog - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I’m with you guys, the tone in here is really bad sometimes. Its unfortunate because there are often good discussions, but wading through the garbage, trolling, and nastiness to find them can be a chore.

    • NotreDan - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:28 AM

      Anyone that would even consider letting their 12 year old have access to the internet is a bad parent.

      It is precisely what is wrong with kids these days.

      • prophetjcb - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:32 AM

        NotreDan, before lecturing someone on good parenting, maybe you should ask yourself why on earth anyone should have to shield a 12 year old from a blog about Notre Dame’s football team. And the answer is, because too many adult men use the anonymity permitted by the site to post comments they would probably never say in public if their identity were known. Why that is the case, I will never completely understand, especially on a site that exists for fans of a school like Notre Dame, which most of us consider to be a special place and therefore might hope for conduct a little more responsible. Like the father who posted above said, we all understand what’s allowed, but I completely respect his polite request for everyone to consider “raising their game.” What is it about our nature that wants to make talking Notre Dame football an R-rated experience? Pretty tough to keep a 12 year old off the Internet these days, and pretty sad you’d have to consider blocking this site from a kid because some guys feel like they can talk tough while hiding behind a screen name.

        Keith, I’d like to suggest the option chosen by more and more online newspapers and blogs that require people to sign in using a Facebook account. I’m sure some folks would continue on as usual, but others might think twice about the way they preset themselves. I’d support that completely. And maybe then we can talk more football. Quite honestly, those who disagree because it reveals who they are need to consider why they need to hide. So let’s get back to Notre Dame and their 9-0 season. Go Irish!

      • bernhtp - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:27 AM

        The internet is indispensable for education, news, entertainment, etc., including for 12-year old kids. While it needs to be monitored, it’s foolish and counterproductive to ban it.

        As for this board, I view it as a bunch of guys at a sports bar bantering about their favorite team. I keep my talk pretty much at the PG level, but understand when others don’t. It doesn’t offend me.

        As for kids, some parents bring their kids to the local Notre Dame game watch at a sports bar. It is generally pretty civil, but people drink, and there will sometimes be spontaneous expletives when things happen. Caveat emptor.

      • NotreDan - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        Neither I, nor ANY of my (under 18) children use Facebook. Facebook has done more to harm kids than any bad language on a forum.

        I don’t take my kids to bars either.

        The shocking part, is that ALL of my kids have had perfect attendance at school literally for years and 3.8+ GPA’s. They all do chores that they don’t get paid for. They do their own laundry, they know how to cook a meal, they have learned basic car maintenance when they are of age…. the list goes on.

        I am here to discuss and banter football. If I swear (which is rare) it’s YOUR fault if you let your kid see it.

        So whoever the blowhard was that started the conversation (sorry, lecturing) about his poor 12 y/o kid, I would suggest he have the kid do some laundry and rake some leaves.

      • mtndguy - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        NotreDan, I don’t think that an occasional expletive is the problem. Even the most sheltered kids will hear swearing occasionally. What detracts from this blog are morons like Dickasman. Not only are many of his posts vulgar, but there are far too many of them that are vulgar. Not only are they not appropriate for a kid to hear, they’re just plain ignorant most of the time. Why he is allowed to continue to post here is beyond me.

      • pilot98 - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Could someone please go ahead and give NotreDan his “father of the year” award so he can shut the hell up? Making your kids do all your chores for you doesn’t make you “Superdad”.
        Newsflash…Most schools start introducing computers and (hold on to your mutton chops) the use of the internet for research in elementary school. GET OUT!!!! No, no, it’s true.
        There is nothing wrong with a 12yr old being on the internet and on a news site. The gentleman is doing the right thing by doing this with his son and I’m sure educating him on the potential dangers that do lurk. He’s not the “blowhard”. You are for jumping down his throat and calling him a bad parent. Sheltering your kids isn’t the right answer. That just keeps them running a DJ business out of your basement (which doubles as their apartment) when they are 40. But hey, those leaves will be raked.

    • ndgoldandblue - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Give me a break. To quote Wesley Snipes from Demolition Man, “The world has become a p-whipped, Brady Bunch version of itself.” If you want to prevent your child from coming onto this blog and reading the comments, fine. That’s your prerogative. Don’t tell us what we can and can’t say; that’s Keith’s job. If Keith wants to ban someone or delete comments, he’s got the power to do so because he runs things around here.

      Man, when I was young, political correctness wasn’t nearly as bad as it is now. My parents weren’t afraid to expose me to the realities of the world and tell me how things really are. In high school, we read Hamlet in English Lit. class. Now, in my same high school, they’ve stopped teaching it because of all the violence. When I was a college freshman in ’98, I took an English class in which the professor showed two films: “Natural Born Killers” and “I Went Down”, an Irish mob movie. Now, as a professor myself, I have to clear it with the dean if I want to show an episode of the Daily Show out of fear of offending someone.

      If you want to start your own Notre Dame blog that is focused exclusively on children, go right ahead. Call it Sunshine and Rainbows for all I care. Just don’t get all self-righteous on us and tell us what we should and should not say.

      By the way, I once a girlfriend in high school whose parents wouldn’t let us go out on dates and monitored her every move. She was completely sheltered from everything. As a college freshman, she went out partying every weekend and ended up getting pregnant. Just saying.

      • ndgoldandblue - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        edit *once had a girlfriend in high school

      • ibleedirish - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Amen brother. Well said. Go start your own Notre Dame Facebook group. You have every right and freedom to do that. Leave us alone and don’t let the door hit ya

      • ndirish86 - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        smitty goes out of his way not to get self righteous or tell you what to do – and you rip his head off for getting self righteous and telling you what to do. Huh?

        Since you missed it, he said “I’m not saying you guys can’t post like that if you want. But I am asking that you might consider not posting like that.”

        Man you have issues if you can’t take a simple, polite and respectful suggestion.

        Here’s another – if you want to start your own Notre Dame blog that is focused exclusively on vulgar idiots spewing expletives, oh so proud of their un-political-correctness, go right ahead.

      • ndgoldandblue - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Point taken, and you’re right. I shouldn’t have jumped all over him. But here’s the thing. I’m going to come onto this blog. I don’t talk about drugs and sex. Nor do I throw out constant vulgarities as you stated. I was just a little off-put when I get on the blog this morning and a bunch of posters were “suggesting” to us that we should comment in a certain way. This is Keith’s blog, and he’s the only one that has the right to make such a suggestion. It’s up to him if this blog should be G-rated or not. That’s all I’m saying.

        It’s kind of like smoking in a public place. If I’m smoking (which I don’t) in a legally designated area and someone comes up to me and tells me to put out my cigarette, I’m not going to. I will if a member of the proper authorities tells me to put it out, but only then. On this blog, Keith is the proper authority. He’s the man. Sorry for gettin’ crazy, smitty.

      • 1notredamefan - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        had to give it a 1 up!

  5. ajw21 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    On my nd app they show tweets from nd recruits and players and I didnt see the whole tweet but Azalone said he will be wearing #24 & that there will never be another Manti.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      I like this kid already.

    • dudeacow - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      They should retire #5. (Sorry Golson!)

      • rjshan - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        #5 In honor of Paul Hornung?. Never, never retire a number !

      • 1notredamefan - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        wouldn’t it be great to hang 2 5’s

      • 9irish - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:14 PM

        They should make Kiel 99, just to reverse this single digit trend

  6. yaketyyacc - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    ah yes, the future is looking a little brighter. lots of thanks to go around. first to the young talented men that have commited to Notre Dame; and certainly to our head coach, Brian Kelly, and Diaco, and all the coaches, and an unwavering student body, who continue to be fueled with HER SPIRIT, and to us grads and loyal followers, who link the past to the present, and point towards the future. and thank you Keith Arnold for all the early mornng articles, that have given birth to so many posters.
    May it be said once again as it was in the 40’s: Never bet against Joe Louis, the Yankees or Notre Dame

    • Jennifer - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      yaketyyacc ~ It appears you woke up early with a happy and grateful heart. Love your post. (Don’t even need sugar in my coffee now!)

      • 1notredamefan - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        you are the shuggaa in our coffee Jen….;)

  7. norcalirish - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    NotreDan: the Internet, much like a firearm, is a tool—if used properly it can be beneficial, especially for a young and inquiring mind.

    If I were a betting man I’d say most of the nonsense on here comes from non-alums who look at ND as a sports team (like the 49ers) instead of an actual university.

    • drdannddad - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      Couldn’t agree more, with both comments.

      Used properly, the Internet is a wonderful educational tool for students of all ages. I am an educator, and we monitor and supervise our kids’ use of the Internet. To ban kids altogether is a disservice to them, and does not adequately prepare them for later life, i.e., the world of work.

      And ND is a lot more than just a football team. Much as we all love it, the football program is the proverbial tip of the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

    • ndfansince69 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM


      “If I were a betting man I’d say most of the nonsense on here comes from non-alums who look at ND as a sports team (like the 49ers) instead of an actual university”

      Yeah, because we were not smart enough to get into ND. Do most of the pompous and arrogant comments come from the ND grads? I think most people on this site understand what ND is all about. The good Lord knows it hasn’t always been the product on the field over the last twenty years. We get it.

      University of Notre Dame fan for life.
      Go Irish!

  8. drdannddad - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    I am continually amazed at what people will write on these forums {not just this one} when they feel secure in the belief that their identity is protected.

  9. dbldmr - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    In on a more civil demeanor…out on Facebook. I have no interest in a Facebook account. I’ll agree that some of the commentary is sophomoric. (Do guys really ever leave bathroom humor behind?) I have no problem with having my identity revealed, but I don’t have time to waste reading about people’s trips to the grocery store. Nor am I interested in the inevitable religious and political posts that come with Facebook. I watched my wife deal with those lectures (while keeping her opinions to herself) until she decided to deactivate her account.

    Civility yes. Facebook no.

  10. alsatiannd - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Would it be uncivil of me to wonder what we’re doing to recruit a punter and kicker? Turk and Tausch are seniors. Brindza is listed at both positions as a sophomore which seems like an unrealistic burden. Using 5th year options at these positions doesn’t seem like the best option, but unless I’m missing something, might be the only option at this point?

  11. bajacibola - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I am not a ND alum, but am a third generation Irish fan. ND is a national team, more than any other team. I am very proud of the 97% graduation rate of the team. It is the highest in the nation. Further, the basis of my family inter-generational fan-dom is that we are Catholic. No getting around that. And I don’t post garbage.

    I would like to see more civility and less locker room stuff. This is not a locker room, it is a public post. Not only are there kids looking at this post, there are women (me) who faithfully read the posts. Your mom can read the posts, for heaven’s sake.

    Now on to recruiting. It is looking good and after being a fan since 1973 and riding the ups and downs, I am ready for an up. Go Irish!

    • Jennifer - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Sisters Unite! Go Irish!!!

      • rjshan - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        It’s nice to see a Jennifer posting. We need more Jennifers !

  12. dapperdanirish - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Thanks for the update, Keith. Always appreciative of the hard work you put in to keep us in the loop.

    I’m proud to be a fan of ND! Similar to what heisenbyrg said earlier, I was 13 back in 1993 and remember well that season. In fact, through my growing up years, ND was always pretty good. I have always remained an avid, devoted fan (even through the ’07 campaign) and I’m glad…it feels great right now. Winning is AWESOME.

  13. bearcatirishfan - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    The hall monitors are back. Stop running, stop running.

    • ibleedirish - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      thats all-day funny homey

  14. NotreDan - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    My name is Dan Crowley.

    I live in Michigan.

    I voted for Obama today.

    All you idiots crabbing about your kids, I dare you to do the same. Anyone want my phone number?

    my email address is

    • NotreDan - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      I stand behind everything I say.

      • NotreDan - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        The silence is deafening. Nude, if you’re reading, at least now you can send me an email.

    • ndgoldandblue - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Same here Dan. I want my son to get a well-rounded education. I imagine a lot of these folks are the people who inspired the book burning scene in Footloose.

      Rev. Shaw Moore: “Satan isn’t in these books! He’s in here! He’s in your hearts. Go home. Go home and sit in judgment of yourselves.”

      Love that movie!

    • floridairish - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      You are the only idiot quoting on this board Dan.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      This makes me think you are a “Newsroom” fan. In case you have never watched the show, there was an episode about civility and accountability on the interwebs.

      Anyway, good for you for putting it out there. I have no doubt you will receive some unpleasant emails, but they won’t be from me.

  15. kiopta1 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Part of me does want them to retire Manti’s #5. Just make it a special jersey. I just don’t think any defensive player can safely wear that number for years to come cause they will always be in the shadow of this amazing young man. Lastly, get out and vote I sacrificed and many of my brother and sisters in arms sacrificed some with their lives and few things bother us more than seeing people complain and then not vote. Just as we dislike having people push war and then have no skin in it. GO ND!

    • oldestguard - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Thanks for your sacrifice, and all of you who have served, as well as all who have voted today.

      I would have no problem if #5 is retired, but not sure the team has ever done that. Rest assured, Manti’s spot in the lore of Notre dame football is already well secured.

      a few thoughts :

      • oldestguard - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM


        a few thoughts :

        – please no facebook requirement, not on it and never will be.
        – I believe Keith is entitled to call the shots on his own blog, and he has handled that wisely already in the few instances where it made sense to clean house.
        – we are reaping incredible recruiting rewards and the program Kelly is building is absolutely on target to get and keep us at the top of College Football
        – I’ve got ND and Oregon penciled in for the Championship !

  16. kiopta1 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    That’s a a good quote.

  17. ndtod - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I think Anzalone is an RKG. Living in Columbus it’s extra sweet because he defected from tOSU.

  18. gtizzo - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Nice job Keith,

    A nice breakdown, although it could have been better if you had a list of players with eligibility left would have made it better. Sorry don’t mean to be picky I’m sure you have a lot of things to do. Getting Slaughter back would be nice he would secure what should be a solid secondary next season. The questions for Notre Dame next season are how do they replace Manti’s 100 plus tackles per season. I don’t think Eifert will be much of question since the Irish are always loaded at tight end. The other question is the offensive line. ND is going to lose a lot of the offensive linemen including (I think, don’t quote me) Zach Martin. We have 5 offensive linemen in this class I think ND is going to need a solid offensive line class next year also. What does the board think?

  19. windycitynick - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    This isn’t a parenting forum. The only thing to read about here should be Irish fans expressing their joy about the monstrous recruiting class that coach Kelly is bringing in & the bright future of the Irish.

  20. notredameirish1980 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I would propose two simple principles:
    Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t say to a man’s face.
    If it offends you, ignore it. The deafening silence and lack of attention will moderate behavior.

    • notredameirish1980 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      And Keith, you do a great job!

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      I’ve been posting on here for a couple of years now and I seem to recall Keith setting the standard as, and Keith correct me if I am wrong, but it was don’t post anything on here that you wouldn’t say to your mother. However, we don’t really know what Mrs. Asman has learned to tolerate over the years. By the way, I think some of dickasman’s posts are quite funny but don’t think this is the forum. As for sheltering kids from the Internet, it is becoming tougher and tougher to do, especially with the proliferation of porn sites. Oh how I long for the old days when you had to find a crumpled and weathered Playboy in the woods to have some access to “porn”. Actually, as kids, we tried to find them every Saturday morning, mostly for the articles 😉

      • ndgoldandblue - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        I always knew I liked you jerseshorendfan1. By the way, how are you guys holding up over there? In central New York, we didn’t really get hit. No power outages or anything, so if you need a place to stay, we’re just a couple hours over on I-90.

      • 1notredamefan - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        and… I’ve read you as well as Keith for a cpl years now…. Good worlds do collide….

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        @ndgold and 1notre….thanks for the kind words. I am in Monmouth Co. (home of Springsteen and Bonjovi) and we weren’t hit that bad at my place, a few trees down and no power for a week. Some folks close by have lost literally everything they own and we’ve been working with our church to get food, water, blankets, toothpaste, deodorant, etc to those in need. You never know what you have until it’s gone. My office is still without power and closed so it’s been great to have something to occupy the time. We are slowly coming back to normal and now waiting for a nor’easter to arrive tomorrow with 50 mph winds. That should be fun. What’s been great is the spirit of giving and togetherness that pervades this tragedy. Sure there are aholes who try to hoard gas and other necessities, but there are 10 times as many people offering food, their homes or something as simple as charging your cell phone for you that have renewed my faith in humanity. One example, they opened the local food store last week after the storm and they had no power so it was dark inside. One woman with her kids in tow put her purse down and it was either stolen (I’d hate to think that) or misplaced in the commotion. She was explaining what happened to the store mgr and several other customers all offered her money to buy her groceries. When she refused, everybody started giving twenties to her kids so the family could eat. She was well taken care of that day and that’s just one small example of the random acts of kindness I have seen over the last week and a half. Fortunately, nobody I know was killed or injured and the material stuff can all be replaced. We’ll get through this and someday it’ll just be a bad memory. There are an inordinate number of Irish fans here (lots of Irish Catholics) so maybe a perfect season can help us recover more quickly. Go Irish, beat Fredo!

    • 1historian - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      well said. If I could post 2 thumbs up I would do so.

  21. bernhtp - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Redfield already expressed his commitment intent to Notre Dame and what we are now seeing is the period necessary for ND Admissions to do their due diligence. He may not be looking anywhere else and an announcement in the next week would not surprise me.

  22. dutch31 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    For eligibility go to Notre Dame official site. The depth chart they show has numbers next to the players name. If its a 4 they are done. Obviously 3 or less then they have eligibility left. I believe both Watt and Z Martin can play another year. Keith is free to correct me.

  23. Robert the Bob - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    I wonder if anyone is considering Anzalone as a running back? An awful lot of his highlights are about his running. Sending someone the size of Riddick into the line in goal line situations just hasn’t cut it (see Pitt). We have Mahone next year who should fill the role nicely, but wouldn’t having someone the size of Anzalone charging the goal line be kind of cool?

    • dudeacow - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      That spot is taken by Nix, man!

    • alsatiannd - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Te’o’s HS highlights were full of him at running back running over kids. Man amongst boys sorts of stuff. Competition bulks up at the college level. But Nix as jumbo back? That would be fun.

      • 1notredamefan - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        just started Workin with a great guy from the Samoan Islands and he got to watch Teo in High School through family members…. A great conversation, he’s not a ND fan but definitely follows Teo!

  24. fitz79 - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    How much better of a recruiter is Kelly than Weis? The proof is in the pudding! While Weis did give us one gem, T’eo, even in his first 2 years when the Irish were winning he wasn’t able to attract the type of talent that Kelly is getting now. The results that Kelly and the lads are now producing on the field is incomparable. I remember in 2007 a reporter asked Weis, what do you tell recruits? He said it’s easy, I point to us on the field and say, see, we need you and can use you right now (i.e. we were getting our butts kicked). This past weekend I don’t think Kelly had to say much to sell ND to any visiting recruits at all. An emotional comeback win in overtime and a 9-0 record speaks volumes!

    • 9irish - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Weis was just a pro-oriented coach, despite his ND roots…didn’t know how to relate.

      This blog went off on a weird tangent at the beginning there. I don’t care what anybody says, really, but I hate it when it gets personal. And the anonymity thing does bring out a lot of brashness from people that probably don’t have it in person. I don’t have any kids looking over my shoulder, either.

      On a lighter note…I’ve seen some funny references, now I realize that Tom Selleck is coaching against William Shatner this weekend. Hope it goes for the Captain.

      Go Irish

  25. 1notredamefan - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    “Going back on my word is something I never imagined doing and it hurts me to do it but in the end I feel is necessary to do in order to decide what college I want to go to and in the end what path I want to take in life. For many different reasons I am choosing to decommit from USC and re-open recruiting. I am sorry to the people I might let down or hurt in this decision but it is a decision that is crucial for my future athletically, academically, and spiritually. I will not be accepting calls for interviews, quotes etc.”

    If he said this at 17-18 yrs old I want him for president in 25 yrs!!!

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