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Keith Arnold

  1. Upgrading edges key to Irish defense

    Feb 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    There will be plenty of time to breakdown the recruiting class. (My two word analysis: Good Start.) But first let’s start with some interesting tidbits from Brian Kelly’s press conference yesterday. Most of you that have read this blog since it got started before last season, know that I’ve been incredibly underwhelmed by our defensive…

  2. What just happened? A recruiting recap

    Feb 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Barring a miracle, the Irish look to have finalized their recruiting class, with 23 recruits joining the 2010 recruiting class. If you weren’t up and following things from 7:00 AM EST on (or 4:00 AM for us unlucky saps that live on the West Coast), here’s a quick rundown of how the morning went. The…

  3. Irish hit .500 on Hawaiian duo, Schwenke signs

    Feb 3, 2010, 12:41 PM EST

    The Irish have officially received paper work from Kona Schwenke, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end prospect out of Kahuku, Hawaii. Schwenke was committed to BYU since July, until the Irish offered, and his visit last weekend reportedly sealed the deal. Schwenke’s size and length obviously show a frame that projects nicely, but he’ll need to…

  4. Faxes in: Utupo & Roberson both in

    Feb 3, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Two California commitments, Justin Utupo and Cameron Roberson, officially joined the recruiting class this morning, with faxes being received and cleared through compliance. Utupo is out of Lakewood, California and while Rivals profiles him as a defensive lineman, Notre Dame views him as a linebacker prospect. Utupo was named to the California D-I All-State squad…

  5. Faxes in: Add Danny Spond to the fold…

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:54 AM EST

    Danny Spond has officially joined the 2010 recruiting class, making it 20 letters already in for committed players, and the added surprise of Matt James to the recruiting class. Spond is a highly-touted athlete that played quarterback for his high school in Littleton, Colorado. Brian Kelly did a great job identifying and recruiting the athlete…

  6. Matt James is Irish

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:29 AM EST

    Brian Kelly’s biggest recruiting victory just came as it’s being reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer and at IrishSportsDaily.com that Matt James has officially sent his letter-of-intent in to the Notre Dame football offices. “Matt’s decision to go to Notre Dame had nothing to do with Luke Massa or anyone else being recruited by Notre Dame,”…

  7. UPDATE: Faxes in: Lombard, Jackson, Nix — and MOORE

    Feb 3, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    Compliance just cleared the faxes from offensive lineman Christian Lombard, wide receiver Bennett Jackson, and defensive tackle Louis Nix. Lombard has long been committed to the Irish, and is a highly touted tackle prospect that has been forgotten a bit in the shadow of the Matt James/Seantrel Henderson sweepstakes. But the Illinois native is a…

  8. UPDATE: Faxes in: Shembo, Smith — AND WELCH

    Feb 3, 2010, 8:02 AM EST

    Just learned that Prince Shembo’s fax cleared through compliance, adding a key defensive player to Bob Diaco’s defense. If you’re an Irish fan, you should feel a bit of relief that Shembo’s fax arrived, only because he was one of the recruits that seemed to be wavering the most when Charlie Weis and his staff…

  9. Faxes In: Massa, Nichols, Hendrix, Heggie, Roback, Collinsworth

    Feb 3, 2010, 7:52 AM EST

    It’s been a busy morning at The Gug already, and the recruiting class is finally becoming official. The following players have faxed in their Letters-of-Intent, and are officially members of the 2010 recruiting class: Luke Massa, QuarterbackTate Nichols, Offensive lineBruce Heggie, Defensive lineDerek Roback, AthleteAustin Collinsworth, Wide receiver They join early already enrolled freshman Chris…

  10. Signing Day: Come early, come often

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:08 PM EST

    Well, we’re finally here… almost. Tomorrow should be hectic, and the Irish are still in play with more than a few recruits who haven’t made up their minds. I’ll be doing my best to update everybody throughout the day as the faxes come rolling into the Notre Dame football office, and will keep updating with…

  11. Assorted notes before Signing Day

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    With Notre Dame’s fax machine about 24 hours from burning up, the Irish still are awaiting word on a handful of top recruits. There’ll be plenty of rumors and smoke today, but it’s all likely speculation and rumor, as a dead period is upon us. Here are a few tidbits from the interwebs to hold…

  12. Closing time brings a few surprises

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Nothing good usually happens right before closing time, especially for Notre Dame fans. The past few years, with the great exception of Manti Te’o, the Irish always seem to be on the wrong side of a signing day surprise. While initial returns had Irish fans worried about Brian Kelly’s recruiting philosophies, it seems like the…

  13. Spond makes 21 commits for Irish

    Feb 1, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

    Colorado native Danny Spond chose the Irish over TCU, officially committing to play for head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish after visiting this weekend. “I had a feeling it would be here, but I wanted to see it and know for sure,” Spond told IrishSportsDaily.com. “Playing for Notre Dame is a true honor.…

  14. Kelly reels in three more recruits

    Jan 31, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

    Word is coming off campus that Brian Kelly and staff reeled in three more recruits this weekend, adding former Cincinnati commit Luke Massa at quarterback, quarterback/athlete Derek Roback, who had planned to play at Toledo, and tight end/defensive end prospect Bruce Heggie. Massa is high school teammates with offensive line target Matt James, which bodes…

  15. Corwin lands with Patriots, Parmalee to the Chiefs

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:26 AM EST

    News is breaking today that Corwin Brown has decided to head back to the NFL, taking a job with former coach Bill Belichick as the defensive backs coach. Meanwhile, former tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee has joined the Kansas City Chiefs staff, reuniting with Charlie Weis as the tight ends coach. The news that Brown…

  16. Friday notes: The calm before the storm edition

    Jan 29, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    If most Irish fans are a little stir-crazy waiting for recruiting to shake out, I can only imagine what the coach staff must feel like. Given a slate of recruits that have schools all over the country still chasing after their players, Kelly and company have to be given credit for trying to salvage relationships…

  17. Bernard out, another visitor coming this weekend

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:06 PM EST

    A few quick updates on the recruiting front: * As expected, the Irish officially lost running back Giovanni Bernard, who backed out of his commitment to Notre Dame last week before officially visiting North Carolina last weekend. Bernard announced his intent to sign with the Tarheels today, which probably explains Brian Kelly’s offer to Stanford…

  18. Final recruiting weekend proves pivotal

    Jan 28, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    As the final weekend on the recruiting calendar approaches, the Irish coaching staff pulled out all the stops to make this weekend the biggest in the Brian Kelly era. With less than a week left before letters-of-intent begin to get faxed into the Notre Dame football office, Kelly and his staff have put together an…

  19. Is Kelly collecting quarterbacks?

    Jan 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    More than a few eyebrows were raised when Brian Kelly offered Cincinnati commitment Luke Massa a scholarship, just days after longtime recruit Andrew Hendrix spurned the Florida Gators in favor of the Irish. The fact that Kelly had already offered Colorado quarterback Danny Spond seemed logical, as Spond also profiled as a defensive prospect. But…

  20. Defense could go from liability to asset

    Jan 27, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    While the recruiting madness has taken over the minds of most college football fans, many wonder if the relatively thin defensive recruiting classes of the past two seasons in the defensive front-seven will come back to haunt the Irish. If we look back to the heralded 2006 recruiting class, it was Weis’ inability to get…

  21. Irish athletics raise over $250,000 for Haiti relief

    Jan 26, 2010, 6:26 PM EST

    The fundraising efforts of the Notre Dame athletic department in conjunction with two home basketball games brought in over a quarter-million dollars worth of donations for relief efforts in Haiti. Here’s more from the the athletic department’s official release: Through the generosity of fans and alumni, as well as contributions from the University and the…

  22. Blue-chipper Riley gives Kelly glowing endorsement

    Jan 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    As I’ve mentioned a few times before, Dietrich Riley is a key undecided recruit that Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff are recruiting hard. While many worried that the Irish have fallen out of contention for Riley’s signature, our friends over at IrishSportsDaily.com relayed along an update from ESPN’s West Coast recruiting maven Greg…

  23. Transition brings out the worst in recruiting

    Jan 26, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    The news of Blake Lueders and most likely Gio Bernard defecting was the last straw for many Irish fans. After watching Lueders and Bernard join Toney Hurd Jr. and Chris Martin, a vocal minority came to the tragic realization that Brian Kelly isn’t cut out to recruit at Notre Dame. I’m here to tell you…

  24. Monday morning catch-up: Leaking oil edition…

    Jan 25, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    With the laptop finally back from the shop, I logged onto the internet last night to see that it was a tough weekend for Notre Dame recruiting. The Irish lost two key commitments from their recruiting class — dropping the number to 16 — with defensive end/linebacker Blake Lueders switching his commitment to Stanford after…

  25. Friday night notes: Computer fail edition

    Jan 22, 2010, 8:58 PM EST

    (To all the loyal readers of the blog, the postings this weekend might be a little light, as I turned on my laptop yesterday to hear everything boot up correctly, but the screen decided to stay black. NOT. GOOD. The fine people of Apple are working on it, but as of now I’m sans computer…