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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Unstable Midwest should mean good things for the Irish

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    brady-hoke

    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…

  6. Local product David Perkins commits to Irish

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Property of Ryan Call

    (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…

  7. Greenberry and Prosise join the Irish recruiting fold

    May 29, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    cjprosise1_200_200

    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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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……

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    May 3, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT

    sam-young-full

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Elite CB recruit Tee Shepard is commit No. 1 for Irish

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Tee Shepard

    With eleven months to go until next year’s signing day, the Irish notched their first verbal commitment for the 2012 recruiting class. And while it’s hard to get too excited about a verbal commitment that’s far from binding, the Irish reeled in Fresno cornerback Tee Shepard, one of the most coveted cover corners on the…

  17. Junior Day helps Irish make impression

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jarron Jones

    For those following the ins-and-outs of recruiting, the big picture, one-sentence recap of this past weekend’s Junior Day at Notre Dame is this: Nobody committed to the Irish. That said, if we’ve learned anything during this era of recruiting, an early verbal commitment means just about nothing, and the Brian Kelly led Irish coaching staff…

  18. Irish recruiting targets getting five-star treatment

    Feb 23, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    If you’re looking for a way too early listing of five-star recruits, SI.com has an interesting list that includes quite a few Notre Dame targets, namely Arik Armstead, Dorial Green-Beckham, Andrus Peat, and Gunner Kiel, names we mentioned earlier in the week. Here’s the rationale SI.com (with a special assist from 247Sports.com) gave for awarding…

  19. As Junior Day approaches, Irish target new group of recruits

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Maty Mauk

    The ink is dry on the Class of 2011. And while fans are just getting to know the recruits that’ll torment them until next February’s signing day, the Irish coaching staff has already cast a wide net on a group of national targets. On Signing Day 2010, Brian Kelly all but called his shot, talking…

  20. McDaniel wins player of the year award in Texas 5A football

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Cam_McDaniel

    The contrarian among Notre Dame fans would look at the Irish’s recruiting class and see a running back haul that’s a bit thin, especially after the high profile defection of Justice Hayes to Michigan and the loss of Savon Huggins to home state Rutgers. But the Irish did reel in one running back, Coppell Texas’…

  21. Behind the scenes of Signing Day: Troy Niklas

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Thanks to some video by OCVarsity.com, here’s some great behind the scenes video of Troy Niklas, a member of Notre Dame’s incredible defensive line class. After spending just five minutes with Troy and his family (in the video), it isn’t hard to understand why he’s such a high character kid and also why it was…

  22. Friday notes: Martin, recruiting and more recruiting

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    ChuckMartin

    The dust has settled and hopefully an Irish coaching staff that traversed the country chasing down some of the top defensive recruits in the country gets some rest. (Not to mention a certain writer who has been having hand cramps since about noon on Wednesday.) With no real football news to speak of, let’s go…

  23. Signing Day 2011: Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Both Jimmy Johnson and Charlie Weis helped prove that in college football it’s not “the Xs and Os, but the Jimmys and the Joes.” For all the talk of decided schematic advantage, Weis’ offense and football program only succeeded when it had a proper stable of players executing the Xs and the Os. (Note: This…

  24. Signing Day 2011: Power

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Army Bowl

    (You’ll read about a dozen columns talking about the three position grouping distinctions and how Brian Kelly and his staff use them, giving Skill, Big Skill, and Power the opportunity to become this year’s RKGs as we meander into the offseason. Just remember, I started these columns before BK re-introduced it during his press conference.)…

  25. Faxes in: Tuitt official, Niklas (too), Rabasa, and Atkinson

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    Of course even the faxing of Stephon Tuitt’s letter-of-intent would be dramatic. But the prized five-star defensive end’s commitment letter arrived in the football offices after weather delayed it, and both the Irish coaching staff and all of ND Nation can breathe easy knowing that the Irish have locked in their biggest defensive prospect on…