Dead period over, home stretch to recruiting begins

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The first College Football Playoff is over. And with less than three weeks to go before National Signing Day, the dead period has ended and the home stretch in recruiting has begun.

As Notre Dame did last year, the Pot of Gold (or #PotofGold) has returned. Nothing says I love you to a blue-chip recruit like the Irish’s mail-blast, a revenue generator for the local South Bend post office and a popular recruiting gimmick strategy that helps give you an idea as to who Notre Dame is chasing in the final days of the recruiting cycle.

Committed recruits like Brandon Wimbush, CJ Sanders, Bo Wallace and Shaun Crawford all took to Twitter to report getting them. (It looks like all commits did.) So did high-priority targets like running backs Dexter Williams and Ke’Shawn Vaughn, wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and safeties Frank Buncom and Justin Reid.

The Irish also threw a feeler at five-star defensive lineman Rasheem Green, hoping to finally reel an elite football player out of USC stranglehold Junipero Serra high school. Not sure it’ll help, but it’s a chance worth taking.

With Notre Dame’s staff riding a bit of a high after beating LSU and the return of Ronnie Stanley and Sheldon Day, they’re still on the lookout for a closer to the class at both running back and safety.

In the secondary, former Stanford commit Arrington Farrar has emerged as an option. The four-star prospect from Atlanta had been committed to the Cardinal since his sophomore season, but the AJC reports that admissions may have been an issue in Palo Alto.

That doesn’t seem to be a barrier for Notre Dame, and the Irish coaching staff has worked quickly to try and secure a visit. Reports from multiple outlets have Farrar visiting North Carolina this weekend, with a January visit to South Bend likely to happen, though there’ll be quite a fight for one of Atlanta’s top defensive backs, with Wisconsin, Penn State and others trying their best to get into the mix.

At this time last year, the Irish coaching staff was still riding high off the addition of Nyles Morgan, who pledged at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. But they were also still hard at work securing a position of huge need, adding Pete Mokwuah and Daniel Cage at defensive tackle. So while there are still two relatively large holes in this group, nobody’s official until the fax comes in.

News of more visits and more targets will only come fast and furious over the next few weeks, with the Irish coaching staff selling a big 2015 and beyond for a program that still looks on the rise.