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  1. Irish add linemen Colin McGovern and Hunter Bivin to ’13 recruiting class

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    Bivin & McGovern

    With the Irish football program entertaining a group of high profile juniors this weekend, it was important to leave a strong impression on a group of players that the Notre Dame staff identified early in the recruiting process. With the returns coming in after another unseasonably mild weekend in South Bend, a slow-starting recruiting push…

  2. Onwualu commitment continues Cretin-Derham Hall pipeline

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    James Onwualu

    Cretin-Derham Hall has been kind to the Notre Dame football program. And with Michael Floyd turning in his blue and gold for the NFL, Brian Kelly and company turned to the St. Paul school for its next potential offensive weapon. Dual-threat offensive star James Onwualu just gave his commitment to the Irish football program, turning…

  3. Jacob Matuska commits to Notre Dame

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Jacob Matuska

    Less than a week after taking in the sights and sounds of Notre Dame’s campus, two-way jumbo-sized athlete Jacob Matuska has committed to playing for the Fighting Irish. The Columbus, Ohio native will likely start out as a defensive end for Bob Diaco’s defense, but was also heavily recruited as a tight end. Matuska’s recruiting…

  4. With spotlight away, Neal needs to make strides

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    For Notre Dame fans, landing elite recruit Davonte Neal was a welcome boost to recruiting. Considered one of the best athletes in the country, Neal could be the type of plug-and-play guy that could help ease the loss of another player that made an immediate impact at the wide receiver position: Michael Floyd. But the…

  5. Irish adding Eamon McOsker as a preferred walk-on

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

    Eamon Osker

    It looks like the Irish football program still isn’t done adding players to the class of 2012. Notre Dame has made an offer to two-way player Eamon McOsker of Loyola High in Los Angeles, and McOsker will join the Irish roster next season as a preferred walk-on. The Los Angeles Times reports that McOsker was…

  6. Decision made, Davonte Neal set to pick school

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Davonte Neal

    Three weeks after coming up on the short end of the stick on Signing Day, the Irish might be getting the impact receiver they’ve been in search of this recruiting class. Multiple reports have Davonte Neal ready to select a school, with the talented two-way player making his announcement on February 21st. The blue-chip athlete…

  7. Recruiting carousel restarts with 2013 Rivals100 list

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Kendall Fuller

    Notre Dame hasn’t stopped chasing 2012 prospects. But that doesn’t stop the recruiting carousel for spinning, as the lifeblood of college football — not to mention a multi-million dollar internet industry — continues to churn as college programs turn the page to a new year’s worth of recruits. Nothing signals that more than the new…

  8. Irish still in the running for Davonte Neal

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal

    If Signing Day ended on a dour note, that lull between Signing Day and spring football might be filled with one final pleasant surprise. The Irish haven’t given up on chasing the final recruit on their board, Arizona’s Davonte Neal. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Neal, who led Chaparral High to back-to-back state championships is still considering…

  9. Martin gives inside look at recruiting process

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

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    It’s easy to look at the sixteen recruits that signed with Notre Dame last week and place an evaluation on the job Brian Kelly and his coaching staff did. With the last minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, the runner-up finish for blue-chippers Nelson Agholor and Brian Poole, and the loss of one-time commits…

  10. Signing Day shocker: Greenberry signs with Houston

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Live Blog: National Signing Day 2012

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. The Commitments: Front seven

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

  13. The Commitments: Quarterback

    Jan 29, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    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.…

  14. The Commitments: Wide receivers

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. The Commitments: The offensive line

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

    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…

  16. The Commitments: Running Backs

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

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    [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…

  17. Arik Armstead talks about his recruitment

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Darby backs away from ND pledge

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend, news broke that Ronald Darby backed away from his commitment to attend Notre Dame, opening up a recruiting war for one of the nation’s top cornerback prospects, and one of the country’s top sprinters. After gaining significant momentum with the pledge of Elijah Shumate at the Army All-American bowl, the Irish now seem…

  20. Irish getting unlikely transfer in USC’s Amir Carlisle

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:36 AM EDT

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    Last year, the Irish came down to the wire for the services of blue-chip running back Amir Carlisle, only to see the California native stay in his home state and play for Southern Cal. After whispers of a surprise transfer flew across the Irish blogosphere over the past few days, Bob Wieneke of the South…

  21. KeiVarae Russell pledges commitment to Irish

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Just a few hours before Notre Dame battles Florida State, the Irish won a big recruiting victory over another formidable foe. The Irish received the verbal commitment of Seattle’s KeiVarae Russell, beating out the hometown Washington Huskies for a running back that’s an absolute perfect fit for the Notre Dame offense. Thin at the position,…

  22. Ronnie Stanley commits to Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

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    Blue-chip offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, adding a much needed sixteenth man to the 2012 recruiting class. The pledge, the first to the Irish since the last day of September, was important for a number of reasons, the first and foremost being the quality of player Stanley projects to be.…

  23. Second time around, Denbrock has made mark

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Denbrock Kelly GVSU

    With Charley Molnar set to officially take over the UMass football program, the Irish coaching staff will make its first change since Brian Kelly took over the football program. After two years of staff continuity, Kelly will need to look into the marketplace and hire a coach — be it an offensive coordinator to work…

  24. Rumors flying about Gunner Kiel and Notre Dame

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    There are rumors flying all over the internet that Notre Dame has received the commitment of  Gunner Kiel, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Kiel was an early target of the Irish before he committed to Indiana and new head coach Kevin Wilson, where he planned to join his brother Dusty in the depth chart.…

  25. Add QB Gunner Kiel to the list of weekend visitors

    Oct 21, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    In a weekend packed with enough recruiting stars to make even Tom Lemming’s head explode, the Irish will have to make room for one more five-star. Touted blue-chip quarterback Gunner Kiel has decided to open up his recruitment and take a visit to Notre Dame for the weekend. The Columbus, Indiana native with family ties…