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  1. Irish brace for biggest recruiting weekend ever

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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    There are recruiting weekends, and then there are big recruiting weekends. But to get a feel for just how big this recruiting weekend will be for Notre Dame, take the biggest Irish recruiting weekend in recent memory and add about 30 more prospects. As the weekend approaches, Notre Dame’s coaching staff gears up for some…

  2. Irish impress Agholor with weekend recruiting visit

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Nelson Agholor

    There might not be a bigger weekend on the recruiting calendar than next week’s primetime showdown with USC. While the numbers are still being confirmed, the Irish will host a slew of blue-chip talent, with many of the country’s top players coming to town to see the Irish and the Trojans battle it out under…

  3. RB Will Mahone pledges to the Irish

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Will Mahone

    It seemed like a long time coming. After months of being connected to the Irish, Ohio running back Will Mahone finally committed to Notre Dame last night, giving the Irish a much needed commitment in the backfield. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back from Austintown, Ohio had offers from Penn State, Pitt, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois,…

  4. 2012 recruiting class hits 15 with WR Chris Brown

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Chris Brown

    With the class of 2013 getting its first commitment in offensive lineman Steve Elmers, the remaining seats in the class of 2012 continue to fill up, with South Carolina wide receiver Chris Brown committing to the Irish after an official visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan State game. The six-foot-two wide receiver is the…

  5. Irish land first 2013 recruit in OL Steve Elmers

    Sep 18, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Steve Elmer

    Lost in the shuffle of the Irish’s 31-13 victory yesterday was the news that Notre Dame also received its first recruiting commitment for the class of 2013. It just goes to show how important the victory was, because losing track of 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle Steve Elmer is an accomplishment. The junior offensive tackle from…

  6. Blue-chip defensive lineman Jarron Jones commits to Irish

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT

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    For years, Notre Dame struggled to land elite defensive linemen. With Brian Kelly in charge, the Irish can’t miss. Monday night, Kelly reeled in another mega-defensive line recruit, with 6-foot-7, 310-pound defensive lineman Jarron Jones from Rochester, New York pledging his commitment to the Irish, adding another jumbo-sized, blue-chip defensive lineman to a rapidly filling…

  7. Irish land DT Sheldon Day at DT

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:33 AM EDT

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    For those worried that Brian Kelly was done recruiting defensive tackles after Notre Dame landed the gargantuan Louis Nix two cycles ago, your fears can be quelled. The Irish just landed one of the top interior defensive linemen in the country, keeping Indianapolis native Sheldon Day in state; a huge recruiting get for the Irish.…

  8. Recipe for success: Analyzing the Kelly recruits

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Danny Spond

    It only took days for Notre Dame fans to cling to one of Brian Kelly’s first bits of coach speak. When asked about recruiting, one of the Irish’s new head coach’s perceived weak spots, Kelly uttered the term “Right Kinda Guys,” which instantly became preferred nomenclature for the recruits the former Grand Valley State, Central…

  9. Okwara’s pledge makes a dozen recruits for 2012

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Romeo Okwara

    If Romeo Okwara can step onto campus and make the same type of impact as the last linebacker from Ardrey Kell High School, Brian Kelly and Bob Diaco are going to be very happy. As rumors swirled around other more familiar names in the recruiting derby this weekend, Romeo Okwara, who hails from the same…

  10. Irish recruits representing at “The Opening”

    Jul 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    David Perkins run

    If you’ve been clamoring for more coverage on “The Opening,” Nike’s foray into the 7-on-7, recruiting world/hype machine, there’s plenty of places on the internet that’ll satisfy your needs. (My personal favorite right now is the Nike official website, where they show actual laser-recorded 40-yard dash times, which helps get rid of some of the…

  11. Mauk to Mizzou, QB depth chart likely stocked

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    Maty Mauk

    While the writing has been on the wall for a few weeks, quarterback Maty Mauk made it official when he verbally committed to Missouri. Mauk was one of Brian Kelly’s first offers at quarterback, and Mauk picked the Tigers over Michigan, Notre Dame and Illinois. Mauk’s highlights have been message-board fodder for months, with the…

  12. Visit to ND pushes Irish to top of blue-chip DL Jones’ list

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jarron Jones

    Up until a few weeks ago, gigantic defensive lineman Jarron Jones liked what the Irish coaching staff was telling him, but he had no frame of reference. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound blue-chipper from Rochester, New York was committed to Penn State, but still planned on visiting Notre Dame and seeing first hand what the Irish were…

  13. Turner’s pledge to Irish continues commitment to secondary

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Chinedum Ndukwe

    It turns out it didn’t take a few weeks to make a college decision. Over the weekend, just days after earning his way to a scholarship offer, John Turner pulled the trigger, committing to Notre Dame. “It was just a perfect fit,” Turner told the South Bend Tribune. “Every time I came up I fell…

  14. Turner works his way to an Irish offer

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    John Turner

    As the recruiting cycle gets earlier and earlier, the summer football camp has turned from an evaluation tool to a last chance for rising senior recruits. With Notre Dame already out to almost 100 prospects, you can’t help but pull for guys like Indianapolis safety John Turner, who came to Notre Dame’s summer camp with…

  15. Unstable Midwest should mean good things for the Irish

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Strange days lie ahead for the Big Ten, or whatever they’re officially calling the conference right now. (B1G?) As news broke that North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson could be taking his talents to Madison, it solidified the fact that there’s near historic instability around the Midwest in college football, a recipe that should help…

  16. Local product David Perkins commits to Irish

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

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    (Ed. Note: Photo is property of Ryan Call.) It’s not every day that the Irish pick up a recruit from their own backyard, but Notre Dame reeled in commitment number ten from South Bend’s Washington High School, with linebacker-running back-athlete David Perkins announcing his intent this afternoon. Perkins chose the Irish over Tennessee and Syracuse…

  17. Greenberry and Prosise join the Irish recruiting fold

    May 29, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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    It’s been a busy weekend for the Irish coaching staff, as they’ve reeled in two more recruits, with safety CJ Prosise and wide receiver Deontay Greenberg pledging their commitment to Notre Dame. The news that Greenberry committed was far less of a surprise than Prosise, as Greenberry’s been on Irish fans’ radar for months. The…

  18. Mark Harrell is seventh commitment to 2012 recruiting class

    May 20, 2011, 2:40 AM EDT

    Mark Harrell

    Just as Irish fans were starting to feel a little antsy, North Carolina offensive lineman Mark Harrell brought his recruitment to an end by calling up his recruiting coach Mike Elston and becoming the Irish’s seventh commitment of the 2012 recruiting class. Harrell joins Ohio-native Taylor Decker as the second offensive linemen in the class.…

  19. Ronald Darby is fast (with video proof)

    May 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Before everybody gets too down in the dumps about Noor Davis, here’s a quick reminder that Irish recruit Ronald Darby is fast. Not just “SEC Fast,” but national champion fast. Darby competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals this week, winning the National Championship easily in the 200 meter dash, blazing to a time of…

  20. Bluechipper Noor Davis might be Irish’s next pledge

    May 13, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Noor Davis

    UPDATE — (1:56 EST) Just minutes ago Davis chose Stanford, proving most of the pundits wrong… and in some cases twice. That said, my final thought probably holds true. Expect this to go down to the wire, with the Irish’s visit to Palo Alto at the end of the season possibly playing a determining factor……

  21. Quick look at Rivals100 dispels some recruiting myths

    May 10, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Green Beckham

    It’s been spoken as gospel that Notre Dame won’t have access to the best players in the country because they can’t get them through admissions. It seems to be a rallying cry for Irish fans looking for reasons why Notre Dame has suffered to compete these past two decades. It’s also been a common knock…

  22. Weekend round-up: Offers, Tuitt, Bullard and Stonum

    May 9, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    The Irish are making a play at another Georgia native that likely won’t head north quietly. While Brian Kelly, Chuck Martin and company were successful getting Stephon Tuitt out of the land of peaches (we’ll get to Tuitt more in a bit), they’ll have quite a bit of company as they pursue Tucker High School’s…

  23. NFL Ready? Irish players still aren’t there

    May 3, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT

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    With the heart of the NFL draft set for Saturday, a handful of Irish prospects waited to hear their names called. But as rounds four through seven slid by, no Irish players were drafted after the Vikings selected Kyle Rudolph in the second round on Friday. Seven rounds, and only one player from Notre Dame…

  24. Report: WR Justin Ferguson commits to Irish

    May 2, 2011, 12:39 AM EDT

    Justin Ferguson

    While he won’t formally announce his intent until Monday evening, the Miami Herald’s Larry Blustein is reporting on Twitter that wide receiver Justin Ferguson is committing to the Fighting Irish. Ferguson would be the Irish’s sixth commitment, joining Tee Shepard, Taylor Decker, Ronald Darby, Scott Daly, and Nicky Baratti. Ferguson spent the Blue-Gold game with…

  25. The battle for the Midwest

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Jim Tressel

    With this week’s news exposing Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as not quite the virtuous character his sweatervest and pious nature portend, this is a remarkably turbulent time for the powers of Midwestern college football. Consider the state of the Big Ten conference. After firing Lloyd Carr for failing to keep Michigan up-to-speed with…