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  1. Freshman Focus: Jacob Matuska

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    Jacob Matuska

    One of the earliest members of the ’13 recruiting class, Jacob Matuska fits the profile that Brian Kelly and his staff target perfectly. Recruited by some schools as a tight end, Matuska instead will start on the defensive side of the ball, capable of growing into a 3-4 defensive end quickly as he begins to…

  2. Martin talks quarterbacks, offense

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:39 AM EDT

    Chuck Martin 2

    Entering his second season as offensive coordinator, Chuck Martin has been thrown another curveball. With the departure of Everett Golson, Martin has to lean on another quarterback and likely chuck a large portion of his playbook into storage for a year. But after reading portions of Martin’s interview with Blue & Gold Illustrated, excerpted from…

  3. Freshman Focus: Cole Luke

    Jul 10, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Cole Luke

    If Notre Dame was looking to solidify the cornerback position during the last recruiting cycle, they found their headliner in Arizona’s Cole Luke. With size, speed and technique that ranks among the best in the country, signing Luke was the type of recruiting surprise that Irish fans have started to get used to under Brian…

  4. Freshman Focus: Rashad Kinlaw

    Jul 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rashad Kinlaw

    There’s so much we don’t know about Rashad Kinlaw. A prospect that missed a large portion of his final two seasons of high school football, Kinlaw nonetheless caught the eye of the Irish coaching staff, who offered the New Jersey product a scholarship early in the recruiting process. What Kinlaw will bring to campus should…

  5. Irish defenders cover the watch lists

    Jul 9, 2013, 3:17 AM EDT

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    If preseason accolades are any indication, don’t expect the Notre Dame defense to take a step backwards this season. Even without the most highly decorated defensive player in the school’s history, the preseason Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists are covered with Notre Dame defenders, a sign of elevated expectations for one of the most surprising…

  6. Freshman Focus: Torii Hunter Jr.

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter Jr

    There might not be a bigger wildcard in the ’13 recruiting class that Torii Hunter Jr. The future of the two-sport athlete with All-Star bloodlines will likely be decided by how successfully he recovers from a freak injury suffered at the US Army All-American game last January in San Antonio. Hunter’s recovery took a step…

  7. Golson plans to be back in the spring

    Jul 8, 2013, 3:00 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who is suspended from the university this semester for what he called using “poor academic judgment,” spoke on camera for the first time since the incident. Playing in a local charity basketball game in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Golson publicly acknowledged the plan for him to return…

  8. DE Grant Blankenship commits to Irish

    Jul 6, 2013, 2:28 AM EDT

    Notre Dame added a new defensive recruit to the growing ’14 recruiting class with the commitment of Texas defensive end – outside linebacker Grant Blankenship. The 6-foot-5 240-pounder had offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Washington and a dozen others. From a profile perspective, Blankenship fits perfectly into the Irish scheme, with the height…

  9. Freshman Focus: Mike Heuerman

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Naples News

    Beginning his Notre Dame career at mid-semester, tight end Mike Heuerman had fifteen practices to jump start his freshman season with the Irish. But probably more important than the on field work was the strength and conditioning time. At 6-3.5 and just 218 pounds, Heuerman is a long way from being the right size to…

  10. Redfield could see action on both sides of the ball

    Jul 3, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Max Redfield

    While we haven’t turned our focus to Max Redfield yet, the five-star safety is one of the top prospects in the incoming class. As Redfield spends the summer with his teammates training and attending classes, an interesting tidbit emerged from a South Bend Tribune story about Redfield’s future with the Irish. It appears that Redfield…

  11. Freshman Focus: Will Fuller

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT


    With Justin Ferguson and Davonte Neal gone, and Torii Hunter Jr. still recovering from a leg injury, Philadelphia native Will Fuller won’t just be an anonymous freshman when camp opens in August. The six-foot-one receiver could find himself in a battle for early playing time, and given the opportunity to find his way into a…

  12. The evolution of Louis Nix

    Jul 2, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Louis Nix

    As we spend a summer obsessed with the fact that blue-chip defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes decided to leave Notre Dame before ever arriving, Louis Nix‘s story is a great reminder of what perseverance and commitment look like. Nix, who committed to Notre Dame after Charlie Weis was fired and before Brian Kelly was hired, seemed…

  13. Hood dazzles during testing at The Opening

    Jul 2, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    247 Sports

    In one of the recruiting game’s biggest (and newest) stages, Notre Dame running back prospect Elijah Hood put on a show. The five-star Irish commitment was one of the ten finalist selected for the Nike SPARQ finals, televised on ESPNU on Monday night. Matched up with his prodigious game tape, Hood’s measureables fit the bill…

  14. Freshman Focus: Tarean Folston

    Jul 1, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    If Greg Bryant is the leading man of this offensive recruiting class, then Tarean Folston is the brooding character actor in the corner with breakout potential. There’s little doubt that most expect one of the freshman running backs now in summer school to compete for early playing time. But don’t be surprised if it’s the…

  15. IBG: Summer Session

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT


    We’re getting closer. With the July 4th holiday right around the corner, it won’t be long until August is here and preseason camp begins. That might be a depressing thought to those of you who look forward to these summer months (me), but at least we know football is getting closer. To that point, we…

  16. JR Sandlin joins football support staff

    Jun 27, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    JR Sandlin

    Notre Dame has added a new member to its football staff, with J.R. Sandlin joining the administrative side of the program. Sandlin will help the Irish’s recruiting efforts as well as handle other behind the scenes duties for the program. The move comes after head coach Brian Kelly lost one of his key behind-the-scenes staffers…

  17. Jonathan Bonner commits to Notre Dame

    Jun 27, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jonathan Bonner

    It didn’t take long for linebacker-defensive end Jonathan Bonner to make up his mind. After an impressive performance at Notre Dame’s lineman challenge, the Irish coaching staff offered the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder from suburban St. Louis a scholarship and Bonner jumped on the offer, becoming the thirteenth member of the ’14 recruiting class. Bonner’s commitment came…

  18. Notre Dame-USC football series extended

    Jun 26, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    USC vs Notre Dame

    While changes may be coming to Notre Dame’s upcoming football schedules, the yearly rivalry with USC is going nowhere. USC announced the extension of the classic intersectional rivalry through the 2023 season. The series will continue rotating seasons in Los Angeles and South Bend, with USC home games played Thanksgiving weekend and Notre Dame hosting…

  19. Freshman Focus: Steve Elmer

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    Louis Nix, Steve Elmer

    Steve Elmer was the first commitment to the heralded ’13 recruiting class. He might also be one of the most important. A bookend tackle prospect that closed down his recruitment early and still ended up being viewed among the elite of his class, Elmer anchors an offensive line class that many believe is one of…

  20. Irish focus recruiting efforts on defensive tackle

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    It’s no secret that Louis Nix is likely playing his final season for the Fighting Irish. While the preseason All-American has a fifth year of eligibility remaining, Nix is on track to get his degree and will likely enter the NFL Draft after the season, with the mighty defensive tackle on track to be a…