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  1. The ones that got away

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Greenberry Houston

    Brian Kelly wanted to keep the focus on the players that decided to sign letters-of-intent with the Irish. And with a recruiting class compiled of 16 talented players — a lean class no doubt, but far from a program killer — that sentiment is certainly understandable. But we’ll have four years to judge the talent…

  2. Offense evolves with Alford assigned RBs and slot receivers

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    tony-alford-assistants

    Lost in the shuffle of Signing Day (we’ll get back to it, I promise), it appears Brian Kelly had finalized his coaching staff’s assignments. Tony Alford, after shifting to wide receivers to accommodate Tim Hinton, will head back to running backs coach. Scott Booker, named a full-time coach after Hinton and offensive line coach Ed…

  3. Signing Day shocker: Greenberry signs with Houston

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

    Greenberry Houston

    As of last night, Deontay Greenberry had confirmed with the Irish coaching staff that he was set to sign his letter-of-intent with Notre Dame. But as the morning hours roll on in South Bend, the Notre Dame fax machine that awaited the four-star recruit’s signature sits idle. Multiple news outlets have reported a Signing Day…

  4. Live Blog: National Signing Day 2012

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:11 AM EST

    Kelly tunnel

    The faxes will begin rolling into the football offices at Notre Dame before sunrise. With cornerback Tee Shepard, defensive lineman Sheldon Day, and quarterback Gunner Kiel already enrolled in school, the Irish are expected to receive at least fourteen letters-of-intent Wednesday, finalizing a recruiting season that will bring another class of student-athletes into the Notre…

  5. Plans for Signing Day: Non-stop coverage

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    Deontay Greenberry3

    After following the recruitment of a few hundred prospective student-athletes, we’re finally able to see who’ll be wearing a Notre Dame uniform next fall. It’s been a long and winding road, but as of tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. ET, the Irish will start officially accepting letters-of-intent, and making official a recruiting class that’s been…

  6. The Commits: Secondary

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Baratti2

    Part six of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. (Or already on campus.) Previous installments include the running backs, offensive line, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and the front seven. Taking a look at Notre Dame’s 2011 depth chart, it’s pretty clear that the Irish secondary needs reinforcements. Gone are Harrison Smith, Gary…

  7. The Commitments: Front seven

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Romeo Okwara

    Part five of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. (Or already on campus.) Previous installments include the running backs, offensive line, wide receivers and quarterbacks.  At his first signing day press conference, Brian Kelly all but announced his intent to rebuild the front seven of the defense via recruiting. Little did…

  8. The Commitments: Quarterback

    Jan 29, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Gunner Kiel

    Part four of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. (Or already on campus.) Previous installments include the running backs, offensive line and wide receivers. When Notre Dame named Brian Kelly its head football coach, many assumed that thy were getting a quarterbacking guru. And for good reason.…

  9. The Commitments: Wide receivers

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:51 PM EST

    Deontay Greenberry Head

    Part three of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. Previous installments include running backs and offensive linemen. The shadow that Michael Floyd‘s graduation will leave over the Irish offense likely won’t clear in just one season. (Consider even Floyd’s No. 3 jersey won’t even be in uniform…

  10. The Commitments: The offensive line

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:36 PM EST

    Ronnie Stanley

    Part two of our series recapping the recruiting commitments set to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. Often times, the most attention is heaped on the recruit that got away. That was certainly the case when Taylor Decker, a six-foot-eight, 310-pound tackle that was long pledged to the Irish flipped his commitment to Ohio…

  11. The Commitments: Running Backs

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

    keivarae_russell

    [A few days ago, a commenter mentioned how little talk there was about wide receiver Chris Brown, a freakishly good athlete that’s joining the Notre Dame recruiting class from South Carolina to little fanfare. Consider these columns a response to a very good comment.] In the next six days, the recruiting rollercoaster will surely rumble…

  12. Hiestand named OL coach and run game coordinator

    Jan 25, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    Harry Hiestand, Frank Omiyale, Roberto Garza

    After having his name surface a few weeks ago, Harry Hiestand has officially been named to the Irish coaching staff, replacing Ed Warinner as both offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Hiestand is a 29-year coaching veteran that’s spent significant time in both the NFL and collegiate ranks. After spending the last two seasons…

  13. Agholor, Neal more than just blue-chip recruits

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

    Nelson Agholor

    Perusing the internet last night I stumbled upon two excellent articles written on two terrific student-athletes that Notre Dame is recruiting. While they come from opposite corners of the country, both Nelson Agholor and Davonte Neal have overcome incredible odds to find themselves in a place where they have their choice to attend some of…

  14. Irish head down recruiting home stretch

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

    Nelson Agholor

    Next Wednesday, thousands of college football fans around the country will wake up with it feeling like Christmas morning. That’s because after over a year of building relationships with high school prospects, fax machines across the country will get their annual workout as Letters-of-Intent roll into football offices, with Notre Dame expecting to receive fourteen…

  15. Notre Dame makes Elliott hiring official

    Jan 21, 2012, 7:06 PM EST

    Bobby Elliott1

    Notre Dame has announced the addition of Bobby Elliott as safeties coach, finalizing the defensive side of the ball and putting into place a veteran coach that’ll replace Chuck Martin’s coaching and leadership. Elliott will team with co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks to work with a secondary that’ll need to replace Robert Blanton,…

  16. Arik Armstead talks about his recruitment

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Arik Armstead1

    There’s been far too much to keep up on with the Arik Armstead recruitment, which has likely been put on the backburner for a few days as Armstead has decided to forgo early enrollment and instead sign a letter-of-intent on February 1 and enroll at the school of his choice this summer. Depending on what…

  17. Elliott set to finalize Irish coaching staff

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Bobby Elliott

    Notre Dame is set to name Iowa State’s Bobby Elliott the final member of Brian Kelly’s coaching staff. Elliott coached Paul Rhoads’ secondary and was associate head coach in Ames. He’ll likely work with the Irish secondary as well, working with cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator Kerry Cooks on the back end of the defense,…

  18. Ready for next challenge, Cwynar calling it a career

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:14 AM EST

    Sean Cwynar

    Rumors swirled yesterday that defensive tackle Sean Cwynar, a key contributor along the defensive line, had been telling classmates in Notre Dame’s MBA program that he wouldn’t be coming back next year to Notre Dame. On Tuesday, Cwynar broke the news to the Chicago Tribune, explaining why he’s walking away from his fifth year of…

  19. Notre Dame announces Carlisle, Day, Kiel and Shepard join Irish

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Gunner Kiel2

    Any questions about quarterback Gunner Kiel choosing Notre Dame have been officially answered, as the university publicly announced the addition of four student-athletes to the program this afternoon. Kiel is joined by fellow early-enrollees Sheldon Day, a defensive tackle from Indianapolis and cornerback Tee Shepard of Sacramento, along with USC transfer running back Amir Carlisle.…

  20. With classes set to begin, did the Irish flip two blue-chips?

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:32 PM EST

    Gunner Kiel

    You’ve got to hand it to Brian Kelly and his assistants. A year after reeling in the trio of Ishaq Williams, Stephon Tuitt, and Aaron Lynch in dramatic fashion, the Irish are close to landing two of the nation’s most heralded recruits, amidst even more extraordinary circumstances than last year. With the spring semester set…