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  1. Linebacker recruiting turns focus to Anzalone

    Jun 14, 2012, 4:44 PM EST

    Alex Anzalone

    Over the past few days, the linebacker target list for Notre Dame has gotten more refined. Unfortunately, it’s been because a few top names have fallen off the board. With Irish targets Chans Cox deciding to stay home and play for Arizona State, and Dallas linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni committing to Oklahoma today, Notre Dame will…

  2. Irish get visit from blue-chip Florida CB Mackensie Alexander

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Mackensie Alexander

    It’s easy to point to cornerback as a position of need for the Irish. After losing Tee Shepard before making it to spring practice, turning away talented cornerbacks Yuri Wright and Anthony Standifer, and losing long-time Irish commitment Ronald Darby, Notre Dame needs to make sure they add some cornerback depth in the 2013 recruiting…

  3. Collinsworth injury could reshuffle secondary

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Austin Collinsworth

    While Notre Dame hasn’t publicly commented on it, multiple outlets have reported a significant shoulder injury to safety Austin Collinsworth. The injury, reportedly sustained during the Blue-Gold game, has the potential to be season ending, altering the Irish’s plans at the safety position, where Collinsworth was set to play major minutes. If we are to…

  4. As summer begins, Irish student-athletes give back

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

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    As stories of academic impropriety at impressive institutions like North Carolina steal headlines, most schools are cross-checking classes that feature too many student-athletes in their summer sessions. With limited students enrolled, it’s not breaking news that summer school has sometimes been used as a way to get grade-point-averages healthy and eligibility restored. While most schools…

  5. Weekend notes: Guess goes home, Army 180, and BK’s back

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Lorenzo Guess

    Assistant director of strength and conditioning Lorenzo Guess has left Notre Dame for a similar position at his alma mater Michigan State. Guess, who played basketball and football for the Spartans, hails from Michigan and was coached by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio when Dantonio was a position coach and Guess was a safety.…

  6. Isaac Rochell gives his commitment to Notre Dame

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Isaac Rochell

    Less than a week after the Irish received the pledge of five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith, Brian Kelly locked in another highly-touted recruit, Georgia’s Isaac Rochell. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end is a consensus top 150 player in the country, with Rivals ranking him the No. 8 defensive end and the No. 88 player overall. Sporting…

  7. Steve Beuerlein talks Notre Dame past, present and future

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Steve Beuerlein

    Former Irish quarterback Steve Beuerlein addressed the Notre Dame Fantasy Camp during the opening night dinner and had an entertaining speech as he looked back fondly on his days at Notre Dame, talked about what he sees in the program, and told some great Lou Holtz stories. I’ve taken part in the camp and it’s…

  8. Freshman Focus: Ronnie Stanley

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    Ronnie Stanley

    (The fifth in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. For more, see wide receiver Chris Brown, safety Elijah Shumate, defensive lineman Jarron Jones, and wide receiver Davonte Neal.) Most of the attention was heaped on the lineman that got away. While three-star recruit Taylor Decker walked away from his…

  9. Recruiting Snapshot: Thirteen and counting

    Jun 5, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

    Alex Anzalone

    Jaylon Smith‘s commitment over the weekend gave the 2013 recruiting class it’s proverbial crown jewel. More importantly, it puts the Irish on a pretty impressive trajectory as it heads into a time of year where recruits start to buckle down and narrow their lists. For the Irish, sitting at 13 commitments after a season where…

  10. Jaylon Smith commits to the Irish

    Jun 2, 2012, 6:46 PM EST

    Jaylon Smith

    It won’t go into the media guide or count in Brian Kelly’s official W-L record, but Notre Dame won a huge battle on Saturday when Indiana linebacker Jaylon Smith gave his commitment to the Fighting Irish. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound outside linebacker, who has been dazzling recruitniks all offseason with his effortless work rushing the passer,…

  11. Weekend notes: Jones, Tuck, and summer visits

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    With students trickling back to South Bend to begin “voluntary” summer workouts and the summer semester, we are slowly on our way out of the doldrums as we crawl towards the 2012 football season. We’ll continue profiling the freshman that are set to enroll in summer school. We’ll take a closer look at the sophomores…

  12. Williams and Walker could be heading to UMass

    May 31, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

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    Hafis Williams and Deion Walker look like they’ll be extending their college football careers, doing so for their former offensive coordinator Charley Molnar at UMass. According to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Williams and Walker will be joined by former Michigan running back Michael Cox, all joining the Minutemen for a final season…

  13. Freshman Focus: Davonte Neal

    May 31, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    Davonte Neal Chaparral

    (The fourth in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The more, see wide receiver Chris Brown, safety Elijah Shumate, and defensive lineman Jarron Jones.) There should have been more celebrating by ND Nation when Davonte Neal, the player of the year in Arizona, and the No. 8 player in…

  14. Te’o overcomes doubts to fulfill promise with the Irish

    May 30, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Manti Te'o junior

    Before Aaron Lynch or Louis Nix struggled with second thoughts about the decision to spend four years in South Bend, there was another highly touted prep phenom that had great expectations heaped on his shoulders. Manti Te’o, the lifeblood of the Irish defense, and one of the most recognized players in all of college football,…

  15. Weekend recap: schedules & stars

    May 29, 2012, 6:19 PM EST

    Jaylon Smith

    Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and had a chance to step away from the computer for a few days. There’s been little news to report on the football front, and hopefully everyone enjoyed some time with family and friends celebrating the unofficial start of the summer. With everyone back to work and catching…

  16. Freshman Focus: Jarron Jones

    May 25, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    JarronJonesBuffaloNews

    (The third in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The first installment was on wide receiver Chris Brown. The second on safety Elijah Shumate) Once viewed as a luxury defensive item or a potential offensive lineman, the transfer of Aaron Lynch has moved blue-chip defensive lineman Jarron Jones up…

  17. Predictions: 2012 might not be all that bad

    May 24, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

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    It’s that time of year again. Yep, that time of year where preseason predictions start trickling in, and Irish fans begin the process of forgetting the psychological beating they took the previous fall and begin to seek out the optimism that’ll skew their logic come autumn. As the yearly slew of annual magazines start making…

  18. Freshman Focus: Elijah Shumate

    May 23, 2012, 8:39 PM EST

    Elijah Shumate

    (The second in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The first installment was on wide receiver Chris Brown.) *** Michigan. Miami. Oklahoma. Nebraska. They (and about a dozen other top programs) all wanted touted safety Elijah Shumate, a battering ram out of Don Bosco Prep, New Jersey’s top football…

  19. Irish back in Fresno after losing both Shepard and Greenberry

    May 22, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    LJ Moore

    You couldn’t blame assistant coach Mike Denbrock if he never stepped foot in Fresno again. After landing blue-chip cousins Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard last year out of Fresno Central, Denbrock and the Irish coaching staff had to weather the roller-coaster that the high profile California duo put the staff through during their months as…

  20. Freshman Focus: Chris Brown

    May 21, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

    Chris Brown

    The senior class of 2012 graduated this weekend from Notre Dame, all but closing the book on a recruiting class that came in like a lion and left like a lamb. Yes, Braxston Cave, Mike Golic, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Jamoris Slaughter and Dan McCarthy will all return for a fifth season. Yes, Michael Floyd broke a…