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  1. 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,…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. Faxes In: Isaac Rochell

    Feb 6, 2013, 7:36 AM EDT

    Isaac Rochell

    One of the biggest defensive players in Notre Dame’s recruiting class has made it official with a letter-of-intent. Once again, the Irish have gone into Georgia to snatch an elite recruit. Let’s dig into Isaac Rochell. ISAAC ROCHELL McDonough, Georgia Measureables: 6-foot-4, 250-pounds Accolades: First-team All-State, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. First-team defensive line, South Metro All-Area team.…

  5. Faxes In: Rashad Kinlaw

    Feb 6, 2013, 7:23 AM EDT

    Rashad Kinlaw

    Notre Dame just added another New Jersey product to the roster, with projected cornerback Rashad Kinlaw’s fax making his commitment official. Let’s dig deeper into one of the Irish’s most intriguing developmental projects. RASHAD KINLAW Galloway, New Jersey Measureables: 6-foot-1, 185-pounds Accolades: Team USA U-19 team, three-star recruit. Started at quarterback his junior season. Intercepted…

  6. Faxes In: Michael Deeb

    Feb 6, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT


    Just a few minutes after 7:00 a.m., Notre Dame has accepted a letter-of-intent from linebacker Michael Deeb. Let’s take a look at what the Irish are getting. MICHAEL DEEB Plantation, Florida Measureables: 6-foot-2, 238-pounds. Accolades: First-team linebacker Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. First-team linebacker on Miami Herald All-Broward County 5A. Four-year starter at inside linebacker. Impressive…

  7. Live blog — Signing Day

    Feb 6, 2013, 7:09 AM EDT


    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tucked inside the cozy confines of the Joyce Center at the FIDM headquarters, we’re beginning a very long — and exciting — day of coverage as National Signing Day gets started. Against my better judgment, I’ll be hosting a live blog here to chat with all of you as long as…

  8. Early Enrollees: Malik Zaire

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    With a back-log of talent at quarterback, it was almost expected that Notre Dame would skip this recruiting cycle at the position if it didn’t land one of its earliest targets. But in signing Malik Zaire, the Irish found themselves another quarterback that’s tailor-made for what Brian Kelly wants to do with his offense. Zaire,…

  9. Early Enrollees: Corey Robinson

    Feb 5, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Corey Robinson

    With an athletic pedigree that is hard to ignore, Corey Robinson, son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, walks onto campus as one of the more intriguing developmental projects in recent memory. Late to the sport of football, Notre Dame was one of the first schools to identify Robinson as a player, and it…

  10. Early Enrollees: James Onwualu

    Feb 5, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    James Onwualu

    The Notre Dame pipeline from St. Paul’s Cretin-Derham Hall continues with athlete James Onwualu. One part football player, one part Swiss Army knife, Onwualu will enter Notre Dame as a wide receiver, but has the skillset capable to play multiple positions on either side of the football. One of the earliest commitments to the Irish,…

  11. Early Enrollees: Mike Heuerman

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Naples News

    With Notre Dame skipping the tight end position in the last recruiting cycle and saying goodbye to All-American Tyler Eifert and reserve Jake Golic, adding numbers at the tight end position was a key in the 2013 class. With early enrollee Mike Heuerman, Notre Dame landed one of their early targets and another key building…

  12. Early Enrollees: Steve Elmer

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    Steve Elmer

    The first five members of the heralded 2013 recruiting class are already on campus. Let’s take a look at the five freshmen that are already enrolled in classes and will participate in spring practice next month. STEVE ELMER Midland, Michigan Measureables: 6-foot-6, 305-pounds Impressive Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Stanford Accolades: No. 60 player in…

  13. Irish add recruited walk-on punter Andrew Antognoli

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

    Andrew Antognoli

    With the depth chart at punter precariously thin, Notre Dame picked up the commitment of recruited walk-on Andrew Antognoli, who backed away from a pledge to punt at Harvard for the chance to play for the Fighting Irish. With Ben Turk graduating after four years of service, Kyle Brindza is slated to take over the…

  14. Signing Day is near

    Feb 4, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    Fax Machine

    With less than 48 hours until Signing Day, there’s little more any coaching staff can do. With a recruiting dead period upon us, coaches will return to campus around the country and wait for the fax machine. Sure, there’ll be last minute phone calls and texts, but the majority of work has been completed. It’s…

  15. Jaylon Smith rebuffs Michigan’s late push

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Indianapolis Star

    Current Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has a special place carved out for him in Notre Dame football’s history books. The coaching lifer spent eight years in South Bend, coordinating the defense for Bob Davie, then staying on staff through the transition to Tyrone Willingham, a rare holdover in the house-cleaning that happened after the…

  16. Recruiting rankings only part of the puzzle

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    2008 Army All Americans

    It’s been five years since Notre Dame had a recruiting class that was in the running for the top group in the country. That year, beyond any expectation considering the Irish’s horrific 3-9 season, Charlie Weis and company reeled in a class headlined by five-star recruits Dayne Crist, Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph. Like the…

  17. Kelly’s recruiting reputation continues to rise

    Jan 30, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    When Notre Dame turned to Brian Kelly after another disappointing season in 2009, many wondered whether or not he was going to be able to make it on the recruiting trail. Cutting his teeth at Grand Valley State, then spending stints at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, moving to Notre Dame was a big step forward.…

  18. Kelly puts 2012 in perspective

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    There’s no way to get around the fact that in Notre Dame’s date with destiny, they were beaten soundly by Alabama. You can talk about missed tackles, shaky referees, and an offense that was just slightly off, but the reality of the Crimson Tide’s 28-point victory points to a significant gap between the nation’s best…

  19. Kelly sheds light on key personnel decisions

    Jan 29, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese

    Brian Kelly held an impromptu conference call with reporters this morning, likely hoping to clear his docket before Signing Day next week. While we’ll get into some of his explanation about his flirtation with the Philadelphia Eagles and his thoughts on the Manti Te’o hoax, he reveal a few interesting thoughts on some personnel decisions.…

  20. Rudolph’s Pro Bowl performance hints at what could have been

    Jan 28, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    2013 Pro Bowl

    After putting together a regular season where he caught nine touchdowns in an anemic Vikings passing attack, former Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph was named the MVP of the Pro Bowl yesterday, catching five balls for 122 yards and a touchdown yesterday in Hawaii.It’s a tremendous achievement for the second-year pro, who was drafted…