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  1. 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.…

  2. The Commitments: Wide receivers

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    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…

  3. 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…

  4. The Commitments: Running Backs

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:36 AM EDT

    Amir-Carlisle

    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…

  9. KeiVarae Russell pledges commitment to Irish

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    keivarae_russell

    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,…

  10. Ronnie Stanley commits to Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    Ronnie StanleyND

    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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT

    JarronJonesBuffaloNews

    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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…