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  1. Irish succeed with 2014 class, even against the odds

    Feb 5, 2014, 3:20 PM EST

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    Brian Kelly introduced his 2014 recruiting class today, a 23-man group that brings back-to-back top 10 classes to South Bend. We’ve talked a little bit about the construction of the group before, but here’s Kelly’s initial reaction to the group. “I really like the fact that this has come together and the fact that it…

  2. Faxes In: Nyles Morgan

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:53 PM EST

    Nyles MorganAAA

    NYLES MORGAN Crete Monee (Crete, IL) Measurables: 6-2, 223 Accolades: US Army All-American, first-team linebacker USA Today All-American, first-team All-State Chicago Tribune, All-State Illinois Football Coaching Association. Impressive Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Miami, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC Projected Position: Inside Linebacker Quick Take: There might not be a more important defensive recruit for the Irish, with Morgan the…

  3. Faxes In: Nick Watkins

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:43 PM EST

    Nick Watkins

    NICK WATKINS Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX) Measurables: 6-1, 190 Accolades: Under Armour All-American, USA Today All-Texas team, first-team All-State private school D-I, District 1, D-I Defensive MVP, Consensus 4-Star rating Impressive Offers: Alabama, Texas, Florida State, Baylor, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC Projected Position: Cornerback Quick Take: You don’t see offer lists like the one Watkins has, made especially impressive by the…

  4. Faxes In: Nic Weishar

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:31 PM EST

    Nic Weishar

    NIC WEISHAR Marist (Midlothian, IL) Measurables: 6-4, 215 Accolades: US Army All-American, first-team Parade All-American, first-team All-State Chicago Tribune, all-time leading receiver in Illinois high school history with 237 catches. Impressive Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma Projected Position: Tight End Quick Take: It’s hard to find a tight end with better ball skills than Weishar. The staff believes he’s…

  5. Faxes In: Drue Tranquill

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:17 PM EST

    South Bend Tribune

    DRUE TRANQUILL Carrol (Fort Wayne, IN) Measurables: 6-2, 210 Accolades: Indiana Top 50, first-team All-State 6A, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Football Player of the Year, 3-Star Impressive Offers: Purdue, Indiana, Penn State, Minnesota Projected Position: Safety Quick Take: Tranquill was a commit to Purdue until Notre Dame came calling. At first, he was being looked at as a convert to inside…

  6. Faxes In: Quenton Nelson

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:08 PM EST

    Quenton Nelson

    QUENTON NELSON Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, NJ) Measurables: 6-5, 302 Accolades: US Army All-American, Rivals 5-Star, second-team USA Today All-American, second-team MaxPreps All-American, USA Today All-New Jersey Impressive Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Stanford Projected Position: Offensive Tackle Quick Take: If Alex Bars gives you the athleticism and future projections, Nelson is a ready-made, nasty, mauling offensive…

  7. Faxes In: Pete Mokwuah

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

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    PETE MOKWUAH St. Joseph by-the-Sea (Staten Island, NY) Measurables: 6-4, 315 Accolades: First-team New York All-City, New York Daily News All-Catholic All-Star, 3-Star Rivals, 3-Star 247 Impressive Offers: Rutgers, Pitt, UConn Projected Position: Defensive tackle Quick Take: For a guy that came onto the scene late for Notre Dame, Mokwuah is tailor-made for the Irish defense. He’s a mammoth guy,…

  8. Faxes In: Greer Martini

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:47 AM EST


    GREER MARTINI Woodberry Forest (Cary, NC) Measurables: 6-3, 225 Accolades: First-team All-Central Virginia linebacker, USA Today All-Virginia team, All-State Division I, 3-Star Rivals, 247Sports Impressive Offers: Maryland, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Virginia Projected Position: Inside Linebacker Quick Take: Martini kicked off the Irish recruiting class for 2014, committing in early July of 2012, an eternity in the recruiting world.…

  9. Faxes In: Tyler Luatua

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:35 AM EST


    TYLER LUATUA La Mirada (Paramount, CA) Measurables: 6-3, 241 Accolades: Under Armour All-American, No. 38 overall prospect by Tom Lemming, second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Impressive Offers: Alabama, USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas Projected Position: Tight End Quick Take: Luatua adds another key recruit at the tight end position, a group that had a bit of a wildcard thrown…

  10. Faxes In: Kolin Hill

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:26 AM EST


    KOLIN HILL Clemens (Schwarz, TX) Measurables: 6-2, 220 Accolades: First-team All-Area Sub-5A, District 27-4A MVP, Rivals 3-Star, 247Sports 3-Star Impressive Offers: Texas, Boise State, Colorado, Vanderbilt Projected Position: LB/DE Quick Take: Hill shrugged off a late offer from Texas to stay committed to Notre Dame, a nice sign of commitment from one of the fastest rising prospects in Texas. Hill…

  11. Faxes In: Jay Hayes

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:01 AM EST


    JAY HAYES Poly Prep (Brooklyn, NY) Measurables: 6-4, 275 Accolades: USA Today All-New York team, first-team All City by MSG Varsity, Rivals 4-Star Impressive Offers: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Projected Position: Defensive Tackle Quick Take: Hayes was one of the first commitments to the Irish defense, and his lofty offer list begins to point to a prospect that has…

  12. Faxes In: Grant Blankenship

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:42 AM EST


    GRANT BLANKENSHIP The Colony (The Colony, TX) Measurables: 6-6, 264 Accolades: Top 100 prospect per, Rivals 3-Star, Texas District 9-4A defensive MVP, Waco Tribune Top 100, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Impressive Offers: Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas Projected Position: Defensive End Quick Take: They don’t make them much bigger than Blankeship, who keeps growing. The type of…

  13. Faxes In: Jhonny Williams

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:24 AM EST


    JHONNY WILLIAMS Berrian Springs (Benton Harbor, MI) Measurables: 6-5, 230 Accolades: AP first-team All-State, Detroit News All-State, Detroit Free-Press All-State Dream Team, Rivals 3-Star prospect Impressive Offers: Missouri Projected Position: Defensive End / Outside Linebacker Quick Take: It’s not hard to see what the Irish coaching staff likes about Williams. The long, lanky, explosive athlete burst onto the scene with…

  14. Faxes In: Alex Bars

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:06 AM EST


    ALEX BARS Montgomery Bell (Nashville, TN) Measurables: 6-6, 290 Accolades: Under Armour All-American, USA Today All-USA second-team, Consensus 4-Star, Rotary Lombardi Award for South’s top high school lineman. Impressive Offers: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, LSU, Ohio State Projected Position: Offensive Tackle Quick Take: Bars is an elite offensive tackle prospect that should have Irish fans very excited. With an…

  15. Faxes In: Nile Sykes

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:53 AM EST


    NILE SYKES Montini Catholic (Lombard, IL) Measurables: 6-2, 220 Accolades: First-team All-State, Chicago Tribune. First-team All-Area Chicago Sun Times. Daily Herald All-Area team. Impressive Offers: Illinois, Missouri, South Florida Projected Position: Inside Linebacker Quick Take: One of the later commitments to the Irish, Sykes was offered and evaluated on his senior film at Montini Catholic, where he transferred for his…

  16. Faxes In: Jonathan Bonner

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:43 AM EST


    JONATHAN BONNER Parkway Central (Chesterfield, MO) Measurables: 6-3, 245 Accolades: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Defensive Player of the Year, MaxPreps All-American 2nd team, first-team All-State Missouri, All-Metro, Suburban South Conference Defensive Player of the Year Impressive Offers: Missouri, Michigan State, Illinois Projected Position: Defensive End Quick Take: Bonner didn’t give Notre Dame’s coaching staff much of a choice, they had to offer him…

  17. Faxes In: Sam Mustipher

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:16 AM EST


    SAM MUSTIPHER Good Counsel (Olney, MD) Measurables: 6-3, 294 Accolades: All-State Maryland, first-team Washington Post All-Metro, Consensus 4-Star prospect Impressive Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Michigan Projected Position: Offensive Guard Quick Take: Mustipher joins Jimmy Byrne as linemen projected to play on the interior of the offensive line. As you’ll see in the video, Mustipher is…

  18. Faxes In: Deshone Kizer

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:09 AM EST


    DESHONE KIZER Central Catholic (Toledo, OH) Measurables: 6-5, 212 Accolades: AP D-III Ohio Co-Offensive Player of the Year, First-team All-Toledo, Consensus 4-Star player, No. 40 overall per Tom Lemming Impressive Offers: Alabama, LSU, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin Projected Position: Quarterback Quick Take: Kizer adds a new dimension to the Irish depth chart at quarterback, bringing in a long rangy athlete…

  19. Faxes In: Corey Holmes

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:55 AM EST


    COREY HOLMES St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Measureables: 6-2, 176 Accolades: Consensus 4-Star player, Under Armour All-American Impressive Offers: Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA Projected Position: Wide Receiver Quick Take: Long and lanky, Holmes draws comparisons to TJ Jones from every corner of the internet, not entirely a bad thing. He’s not as physically bruising as Justin Brent,…

  20. Faxes In: Jimmy Byrne

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:40 AM EST


    JIMMY BYRNE St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH) Measurables: 6-4, 285 Accolades: Team USA U-19 team, two-time D-I AP All-Ohio team, Consensus 4-Star recruit Impressive Offers: Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, West Virginia Projected Position: Offensive Guard Quick Take: A three-year starter at St. Ignatius, Byrne is a perfect profile player for the Irish. Expected to play guard or center, Bryne’s a…

  21. Faxes In: Daniel Cage

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:25 AM EST


    The first surprise of the morning goes Notre Dame’s way, with Cincinnati native Daniel Cage sending his fax to Notre Dame instead of Michigan State. The decision wraps up a whirlwind recruitment that lands the Irish another much needed defensive tackle in the recruiting class. DANIEL CAGE Winton Woods (Cincinnati, OH) Measurables: 6-2, 305 Accolades: 3-Star Rivals,…

  22. Faxes In: Tyler Newsome

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:07 AM EST


    One of the first faxes to roll in this morning was from kicker/punter Tyler Newsome. TYLER NEWSOME Carrollton (Carrollton, GA) Measureables: 6-2, 175 Accolades: Semper Fidelis All-American, All-State, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Perfect 5/5 on FGs and 78/78 PATs in Senior Season. State Champion 4A. Impressive Offers: Air Force Projected Position: Kicker/Punter Quick Take: Newsome came to campus…

  23. Early Enrollee: Andrew Trumbetti

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:57 AM EST


    After putting together an impressive performance at the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Andrew Trumbetti headed to South Bend to start his career with the Irish. Let’s take a closer look. Andrew Trumbetti Demarest (Demarest, NJ) Measureables: 6-5, 250 Accolades: Under Armour All-American, Rivals 3-Star, 247Sports Composite No. 143 Overall, first-team All-Bergen County from…

  24. Early Enrollee: Justin Brent

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:35 AM EST

    As Signing Day kicks off, let’s take a look at the first of two recruits already on campus. JUSTIN BRENT Speedway (Indianapolis) Measurables: 6-1, 197 Accolades: Top Player in Indiana per Detroit Free-Press, first-team All-State Indiana 3A, Consensus 4-Star prospect, Rivals100, 247Sports Composite No. 94 Impressive Offers: Louisville Projected Position: Outside WR Quick Take: If Brent’s offer list looks…

  25. Signing Day, Here We Come

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:55 AM EST


    Just a note for all of you night owls that Wednesday will be quite the day. We’ll be up bright and early, covering the faxes as they come into The Gug, recapping in (almost) real time Signing Day. Refresh Inside the Irish early and often tomorrow, and get ready to see me as part of…