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Keith Arnold

  1. Restocking: The offensive line

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    Chris Watt,  Zack Martin

    In landing five offensive linemen during this recruiting cycle, Notre Dame filled a critical need at a position group that had gotten way too thin. With Steve Elmer and Mike McGlinchey, the Irish have two intriguing candidates that have NFL potential at tackle. In John Montelus and Colin McGovern, Harry Hiestand has two true guard…

  2. Slaughter denied sixth year

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jamoris Slaughter

    Safety Jamoris Slaughter‘s career at Notre Dame has official come to an end. The NCAA denied Slaughter’s appeal to return to the Irish for a sixth season, the university announced in a statement. The six-foot, 200-pound safety from Georgia, who has already earned his degree at Notre Dame in Industrial Design, will shift his focus…

  3. Elliott recovering well from kidney transplant

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Bob Elliott ND

    Bob Elliott‘s battle with kidney failure always seemed to be on the back burner. Revealed on the eve of the BCS National Championship in a tremendous story by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Elliott’s quiet battle, which included sessions of self-dialysis from the Notre Dame coaching offices, didn’t get in the way of the Irish safeties…

  4. Restocking: Analyzing the position groups

    Feb 13, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    John Montelus

    Each recruiting class has a purpose. For Brian Kelly and company, continuing to widen the base of the roster was a key for the 2013 recruiting class. It was far from coincidental that this group could literally line up and play against itself if it needed to do so. In fact, that balance — and…

  5. Irish coaching staff goes the distance for recruits

    Feb 12, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT


    It’s no secret that Notre Dame recruits nationally. That’s one of the benefits that comes along with one of the longest-standing brand names in college football. But a footprint that large also has its challenges. And for the Irish coaching staff, that’s the work that comes from reaching far and wide to find football players.…

  6. Vanderdoes adds another chapter to No. 3 jersey

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Eddie Vanderdoes

    Walk-on safety Connor Cavalaris might have done something that most offensive lineman will struggle with. He stopped blue-chip recruit Eddie Vanderdoes in his tracks. Sure, it didn’t happen on the field. But when Vanderdoes was looking at jersey numbers, he scrolled down the roster and saw that his long-worn high school number — No. 47…

  7. Specialization brings additional challenges to recruiting

    Feb 8, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 9

    As we dig deeper into the talented class that Brian Kelly and his staff reeled in, some trends are starting to emerge in a group widely accepted to be among the best in the nation. We will spend the next few weeks talking about the 24 athletes that comprise the class of 2013, but athlete…

  8. Eight Irish seniors get invite to NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    NFL Scouting Combine

    While the excitement of Signing Day is still lingering, eight Notre Dame seniors received a very important invitation yesterday that will play a huge factor in their professional careers. The NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis released their official invite list and it was filled with Irish players. Here are the following players who will…

  9. Vanderdoes adds final name to Irish recruiting haul

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    Eddie Vanderdoes

    It took until well after dark, but Notre Dame finally landed the last crucial piece they were chasing in this recruiting class. California defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes picked the Irish over Alabama, UCLA and USC Wednesday evening, capping off a historic Irish class at 24. The U.S. Army All-American announced his choice from a hometown…

  10. Faxes In (finally): Tarean Folston

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    After a late flirtation with Auburn, Notre Dame finally received the commitment of Tarean Folston this afternoon, adding a key final piece to the offensive recruiting class. Let’s take a closer look at what Folston brings to the Irish offense. TAREAN FOLSTON Cocoa, Florida Measureables: 5-foot-9, 190-pounds Accolades: Consensus four-star prospect. First-team All-State Florida 4A…

  11. Irish recruiting class a product of banner season

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    For a coach that quipped he could sell Avon, it’s no surprise that Brian Kelly could sell 12-1. Even with that one loss being a resounding thud in the national title game, Notre Dame’s head coach was all smiles when discussing his 2013 recruiting class, even if there were storylines swirling throughout his noon press…

  12. Faxes In: Durham Smythe

    Feb 6, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Durham Smythe

    The tight end depth chart received another infusion when one-time Texas Longhorns commit Durham Smythe sent a fax to The Gug this morning. Let’s take a look at what the Irish got. DURHAM SMYTHE Belton, Texas Measureables: 6-foot-5, 230-pounds Accolades: Top 50 on Waco Tribune-Herald. Two-time first-team Texas District 8 5A. All-State Academic. three-star prospect…

  13. Faxes In: Max Redfield

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Max Redfield

    Notre Dame just reeled in their third five-star prospect of the day with the official signing of one-time USC commitment Max Redfield. The elite safety has added another intriguing weapon to the defensive arsenal. Let’s take a closer look at what Redfield brings to the table. MAX REDFIELD Mission Viejo, California Measureables: 6-foot-2, 181-pounds Accolades:…

  14. Faxes In: Cole Luke

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    Cole Luke

    Notre Dame just made it official with one of the elite cornerbacks in the country, with Arizona’s Cole Luke sending in his letter-of-intent. Playing his high school ball for former Irish quarterback Steve Belles, the Irish held onto one of the West Coast’s premiere cover men. Let’s take a closer look at Luke. COLE LUKE…

  15. Faxes In: John Montelus

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

    John Montelus

    Lost in the flurry of action this morning, Brian Kelly accepted the signature of a recruit from his hometown of Everett, Massachusetts. Let’s see what the Irish are getting in blue-chipper John Montelus. JOHN MONTELUS Everett, Massachusetts Measureables: 6-foot-5, 314-pounds Accolades: First-team All State, Massachusetts Football Coaches Association. Four-star Rivals, 247 Impressive offers: LSU, Michigan,…

  16. Faxes In: Hunter Bivin

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Hunter Bivin

    Notre Dame has officially added another blue-chip offensive line prospect to join Harry Hiestand’s troops. Let’s take a look at long-time commit Hunter Bivin. HUNTER BIVIN Owensboro, Kentucky Measureables: 6-foot-6, 290-pounds Accolades: First-team All-State AP and Louisville Courier-Journal. Four-star prospect, Rivals, ESPN and 247. Under Armor All-American. State Champion Shot Put. Impressive Offers: Auburn, Clemson,…

  17. Faxes In: Colin McGovern

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    Colin McGovern

    Notre Dame’s offensive line class continues to grow. Chicagoland prospect Colin McGovern made things official this morning by faxing in his letter-of-intent. Let’s take a look at what the Irish are getting. COLIN MCGOVERN New Lenox, Illinois Measureables: 6-foot-6, 290-pounds Accolades: First-team All-State 5A. First-team All-State, Chicago Tribune. First-team All-Area, Chicago Sun Times. Four star…

  18. Faxes In: Mike McGlinchey

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Mike McGlinchey

    Notre Dame continues to refill their their offensive line coffers with the addition of Philadelphia’s Mike McGlinchey. Let’s dig into the monster offensive tackle that just faxed in his letter-of-intent. MIKE MCGLINCHEY Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Measureables: 6-foot-8, 285-pounds Accolades: First-team All-State, Philadelphia Sports Writers AAA team. First-team All-Southeast Pennsylvania. First-team All-City by Philadelphia Daily News. Four-star…

  19. Faxes In: Torii Hunter Jr.

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT


    He’s only now taking his first steps after a freak injury in non-contact drills at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl broke Torii Hunter Jr.’s femur. But even as he recovers from the injury, Hunter’s faxed letter-of-intent to Notre Dame delivers the Irish another game breaking wide receiver option in the 2013 recruiting class. Let’s take…

  20. Faxes In: Jaylon Smith

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Indianapolis Star

    One of the biggest names in the modern recruiting era has made it official. Jaylon Smith has faxed in his letter-of-intent. Let’s try and put in perspective just how big of a commitment this is. JAYLON SMITH Fort Wayne, Indiana Measureables: 6-foot-3, 215-pounds Accolades: 2012 High School Butkus Award Winner. First-team USA Today All-American. First-team…

  21. Faxes In: Greg Bryant

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT


    A very important fax just came into the Gug this morning as running back Greg Bryant officially signed with Notre Dame this morning. Let’s take a look at the five-star running back from Florida. GREG BRYANT Delray Beach, Florida Measureables: 5-foot-11, 197-pounds Accolades: Five-star prospect Rivals, ESPN, MaxPrep. No. 2 running back in country, Rivals.…

  22. Faxes In: William Fuller

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT


    Notre Dame’s wide receiving depth chart just got better this morning, when Philadelphia’s William Fuller sent in his letter-of-intent. Let’s take a look at what the Irish are getting. WILLIAM FULLER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Measureables: 6-foot-1, 170-pounds Accolades: First-team All-State AAAA, All-City per Philadelphia Daily News. First-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania. MVP of Philadelphia Catholic League. Four-star prospect…

  23. Faxes In: Devin Butler

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Devin Butler

    The Irish added another key piece to the secondary with the fax arriving from Washington D.C.’s Devin Butler. While we’ll give you the particulars of Butler, here’s a great piece written by the South Bend Tribune’s Tyler James on Butler that’s worth giving a look. DEVIN BUTLER Washington, D.C. Measureables: 6-foot-1, 179-pounds Accolades: First-team All-Metro,…

  24. Faxes In: Doug Randolph

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

    Doug Randolph

    Notre Dame added another linebacker to its stable with Doug Randolph’s letter-of-intent coming into the Gug. Let’s see what the Irish have in the one-time Stanford commit and the high school teammate of CJ Prosise. DOUG RANDOLPH Woodberry Forest, Virginia Measureables: 6-foot-3, 229-pounds Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, four-star Rivals, ESPN, 247. Impressive offers: Boston College,…

  25. Faxes In: Jacob Matuska

    Feb 6, 2013, 7:37 AM EDT

    Jacob Matuska

    One of Notre Dame’s longest recruiting commitments has finally made it official. Jacob Matuska’s letter-of-intent just came into the Gug and the Irish will welcome another power player to their front seven. Let’s take a closer look at Matuska. JACOB MATUSKA Columbus, Ohio Measureables: 6-foot-4, 235-pounds Accolades: First-team All-Ohio Division IV. AP All-Central District tight…