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  1. Academic casualties proof that foundation at Notre Dame remains

    Feb 13, 2014, 3:37 PM EST

    Brian Kelly

    Earlier this week, freshman basketball player Demetrius Jackson didn’t play against Clemson, causing Irish basketball fans heart palpitations. The highest profile basketball recruit in recent memory has started his Irish career slowly, and Jackson’s mysterious absence had many believing that the future star and coach Mike Brey were on the road to a messy break-up.…

  2. Irish could add to secondary with Florida transfer Cody Riggs

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:31 PM EST

    Cody Riggs

    It appears that Notre Dame could end up adding another piece to the secondary with Florida cornerback/safety Cody Riggs exploring his transfer options. With Notre Dame adding just Drue Tranquill and Nick Watkins to the secondary, Riggs could be a great stop-gap option, adding a versatile member of Florida’s secondary. Riggs decided to use his…

  3. Cooks, Hiestand named as Rivals Top 25 recruiters

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

    Kerry Cooks

    With letters-of-intent in and recruiting classes finalized, the evaluation process for 2014 is over. But not the evaluation of the evaluators. As different websites decide to rank and measure the signing day hauls from across the country, put together a list of the Top 25 recruiters in the country. And as you might expect,…

  4. Nine Irish players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 10, 2014, 1:39 PM EST

    2013 NFL Combine

    Notre Dame will have nine former players in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. The premiere pre-draft talent evaluation session, taking place February 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium, will give NFL coaches, scouts and general managers a closer look at NFL prospects before the upcoming draft. The following former Notre Dame players received invites: George…

  5. Kelly on the recruits: Skill Players

    Feb 8, 2014, 6:12 PM EST

    Orlando Sentinel

    After looking at both the offensive line and front seven hauls, let’s take a look at the skill players Brian Kelly brought in. After bolstering the offensive line class with four additional recruits and bringing in 11 players that will restock the front seven, here are the remaining members of the 2014 recruiting class. (I’ve…

  6. Kelly on the recruits: Front Seven

    Feb 7, 2014, 2:53 PM EST

    Nyles MorganAAA

    One of the more impressive hauls in this year’s recruiting class was the work Brian Kelly and his staff did on the front seven. Needing to replace starters at every position with the exception of Jaylon Smith and Sheldon Day, the group was key in rebuilding the team’s depth chart. Considering Notre Dame needed to…

  7. Kelly on the recruits: Offensive Line

    Feb 7, 2014, 1:45 AM EST

    Alex Bars

    The dust has settled. Notre Dame’s Signing Day class is in the books. With Brian Kelly at Pebble Beach, competing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, let’s walk through the head coach’s comments on each position group from his introductory press conference. OFFENSIVE LINE BK on Alex Bars:  “Another young man that we got…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Faxes In: Pete Mokwuah

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

    Photo property of Rich Clark

    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,…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…