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  1. Early signing period could help (and hurt) Irish

    Mar 10, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

    USA TODAY SPORTS

    The long discussed idea of having an early signing period for college football appears to be picking up traction. A recent report by ESPN says that a panel of conference commissioners will meet this summer as momentum for legislation picks up. With Signing Day becoming one of the signature holidays in college football, a cottage…

  2. Kelly on the recruits: Offensive Line

    Feb 7, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

    Alex Bars

    The dust has settled. Notre Dame’s Signing Day class is in the books. With Brian Kelly at Pebble Beach, competing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, let’s walk through the head coach’s comments on each position group from his introductory press conference. OFFENSIVE LINE BK on Alex Bars:¬† “Another young man that we got…

  3. Barnett sets prospect bar with Elite 11 invite

    Jan 7, 2014, 8:36 PM EDT

    247Sports.com

    Notre Dame’s 2015 ¬†recruit Blake Barnett was the first quarterback selected to the Elite 11 camp, the premiere offseason camp in the country. Barnett, who committed to the Irish this fall and will join a depth chart that should include a fifth-year Everett Golson, a junior year Malik Zaire, and sophomore Deshone Kizer. The Orange…

  4. Irish add linebacker Nyles Morgan to recruiting class

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Notre Dame received a key recruiting pledge when inside linebacker Nyles Morgan committed to the Irish during the US Army All-American Bowl Saturday afternoon. The Chicagoland product is an elite, four-star player anchoring a position group that the Irish coaching staff targeted this cycle. Morgan chose the Irish over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, a hard…

  5. Pot of Gold pushes Notre Dame recruiting to the forefront

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    Twitter

    Take the U.S. Postal Service, add to it Notre Dame football and the holiday season, and you expect a punchline. But this week, the Irish football program has received a lot of attention on the internet for its “Pot of Gold,” a recruiting tactic that has seen the Notre Dame football office presumably blow through…

  6. OL Tristen Hoge pledges to ’15 class

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Tristen Hoge

    After visiting Notre Dame multiple times, 2015 offensive lineman Tristen Hoge gave his commitment to the Irish coaching staff over the weekend, adding another key building block for the future. The six-foot-4, 285-pound Idaho native chose Notre Dame over an elite set of early offers, giving Harry Hiestand another top lineman prospect. Hoge already had…

  7. OLB Jhonny Williams commits to Notre Dame

    Nov 27, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    South Bend Tribune

    It took one visit to convince outside linebacker Jhonny Williams that Notre Dame was the place for him. Even amidst the wind and snow of last weekend, Williams knew the best option for him was the school just 30 minutes away from his home in Berrian Springs, Michigan. He made that decision official Wednesday morning,…

  8. Irish add QB recruit Blake Barnett to 2015 class

    Nov 24, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Blake Barnett

    A little winter weather wasn’t enough to deter 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett from committing to Notre Dame this weekend. The junior quarterback from Orange County, California gave the Irish a building block recruit for next season’s cycle, with the offensive coaching staff finding what looks like an excellent fit for the Irish offense. Barnett’s commitment…

  9. Irish add Indiana native Drue Tranquill to recruiting class

    Nov 19, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    South Bend Tribune

    Notre Dame received the commitment of Indiana athlete Drue Tranquill, locking in an key defensive recruit for the upcoming signing class. The one-time Purdue commitment stepped away from his pledge to the Boilermakers and decided to spend his next four years in South Bend. Tranquill’s flip seemed to be a long time coming, with Notre…

  10. Irish add another recruit with DL Matt Dickerson

    Aug 3, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

    Scout.com

    Just a day after solidifying their linebacking corps with the commitment of linebacker Richard Yeargin III, the Notre Dame coaching staff reeled in another big time front seven target with the addition of defensive lineman Matt Dickerson. Dickerson, a six-foot-five, 270-pounder from the Bay Area, took a visit at Notre Dame this weekend and pulled…

  11. Blue-chip LB Richard Yeargin III commits to Irish

    Aug 2, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    Richard Yeargin III

    On a day where the Irish kicked off their current season, they received a commitment that will be a key piece to their future. Blue-chip linebacker Richard Yeargin III of Fort Lauderdale committed to Notre Dame today, adding a much needed linebacker to the depth chart. “I am officially committed to the University of Notre…

  12. 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…

  13. Irish focus recruiting efforts on defensive tackle

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    KentuckySportsRadio.com

    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…

  14. Irish add OLB recruit Doug Randolph

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Doug Randolph

    Notre Dame appears to be building a pipeline into Woodberry Forest. With freshman CJ Prosise already on the roster and linebacker commit Greer Martini an early building block for the class of ’14, the Irish coaching staff accepted the commitment of linebacker Doug Randolph today, who announced his plan to sign with Notre Dame next…

  15. Irish add Will Fuller to 2013 recruiting class

    Aug 5, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

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    Just because fall camp has opened doesn’t mean the Notre Dame coaching staff has stopped recruiting. News broke early Sunday that the Irish welcomed the 19th pledge to their 2013 recruiting class, accepting the commitment of Philadelphia wide receiver Will Fuller. Fuller, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver, is rated the second best wide receiver in…

  16. Irish pick up commitment from touted LB Alex Anzalone

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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    With the spotlight on him during halftime of the 7-on-7 championship game at The Opening in Oregon, Alex Anzalone gave Notre Dame another blue-chip linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class. Joining Jaylon Smith, Michael Deeb, and Danny Mattingly at the linebacker position, the Irish have filled a gigantic position of need with one of the…

  17. Linebacker Michael Deeb commits to the Irish

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Michael-Deeb

    It’s been a busy week for linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. After picking up a pledge from outside linebacker prospect Danny Mattingly earlier in the week, South Florida inside linebacker Michael Deeb committed to Notre Dame today, making the announcement via Twitter. “Thankful and blessed to make the decision to commit to THE…

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

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 22, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    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. With Ty Isaac to USC, RB focus stays on Ryan Green

    May 15, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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    One of the first big running back dominoes came off the recruiting board today, with Illinois running back Ty Isaac committing to USC this morning. Isaac had a final three schools of Notre Dame, Michigan and the Trojans before announcing his commitment via Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior from Joliet Catholic is a top 20…

  21. Offensive lineman John Montelus commits to Irish

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

    John Montelus

    It appeared that Notre Dame was done recruiting offensive line prospects, with Hunter Bivin, Steve Elmer, Mike McGlinchey, and Colin McGovern restocking the future depth chart. But the Irish had room for one more along the line, with Everett, Massachusetts’ John Montelus giving his commitment to the Irish coaching staff after seeing campus for the…

  22. Irish pick up cornerback pledge in Devin Butler

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Devin Butler

    With cornerback a pressing need in this year’s recruiting class, the Irish received good news this morning with the commitment of Washington D.C. cornerback Devin Butler. Butler, a six-foot-one, 180-pound national target had offers from Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wisconsin and over a dozen others before being committing to Notre Dame. “There was…

  23. Irish add WR Corey Robinson to the recruiting class

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Corey Robinson

    A recruiting class that was slow to get started now can’t be stopped. After this past weekend’s junior day netted Notre Dame five commitments, the Irish picked up a sixth in wide receiver Corey Robinson. The San Antonio, Texas native, a six-foot-four and likely growing wide receiver that’s the son of the original five-star athlete,…

  24. Junior Day nets another recruit as Rashad Kinlaw commits

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Rashad Kinlaw

    It’s a recruiting weekend that just won’t stop giving. With a tidal wave of momentum still rolling, Notre Dame accepted the commitment of New Jersey athlete Rashad Kinlaw to the 2013 recruiting class. Kinlaw had offers from Iowa, Rutgers, Boston College, and North Carolina State, thanks to some electric performances at quarterback before suffering an…

  25. Mike McGlinchey commits, filling Irish offensive line haul

    Mar 25, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mike McGinchey

    Oh to be a Notre Dame fan three weeks ago. To listen to some, the program was lost as sea, all but forgotten by the nation’s elite players as the team veered further and further into the abyss. With Michigan accepting recruiting commitments by the half-dozen, and Urban Meyer simply waiting for ND to identify…