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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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’…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.)…

  10. 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…

  11. Faxes in: Atkinson, Grace, Hegarty, Martin, McDaniel, and Daniels

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    The letters-of-intent are flying into The Gug now, with Brian Hardin officially rescuing a member of the ND compliance office from her snowed in house. Here’s her official explanation from UND.com’s Live Blog: Hey everyone this is Jen from ND Compliance. Sorry for the delay on approving the NLI’s. My road is drifted shut. We…

  12. Faxes in: Councell, Farley, Hanratty, Hardy, Hounshell, Koyack and Springmann

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    It’s safe to say that the weather isn’t making things any easier for the Notre Dame coaching staff this morning, adding one final road block to the recruiting process. As faxes began streaming into the football offices at The Gug, a missing compliance officer unable to get through the massive snow storm that descended on…

  13. Signing Day 2011: Bring on the Faxes

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:26 AM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    It’s Christmas morning for a certain breed of college football fan. With my alarm clock sounding at a ridiculous 3:42 a.m. it wasn’t hard to get the morning jump-started on the West Coast, as the first faxes from around the country were set to arrive in The Gug in less than twenty minutes. Posts will…

  14. Underachieving Irish seniors have their shot at redemption

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As he does every year around this time of year, Matt Hinton at his Dr. Saturday blog takes a comprehensive look at the “recruiting-industrial complex,” his way of supporting the “premium information” recruiting machine that drives a multi-million dollar industry and makes celebrities of teenage football players while turning grown up football fans like us…

  15. One of these guys is Stephon Tuitt

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Here’s a hint: He’s the giant wearing No. 7 that’s about a head taller than the rest of them. BlueandGold.com had a video crew at the Team USA practices where Tuitt, Matt Hegarty, Anthony Rabasa, and George and Josh Atkinson are practicing with the USA All-Star team, and it’s startling to see just how massive…

  16. Quiet period leads into intrigue

    Jan 30, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Bennett Okotcha

    It’s officially an NCAA quiet period right now, meaning there’ll be little news breaking until Wednesday morning, when faxes begin pouring into the football office at The Gug. (I’ll be getting up at a bizarrely early hour to follow along in the festivities, for your pleasure of course…) While the past few days have added…

  17. Niklas down to USC and Notre Dame

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    While the Irish already have a stockpile of them in this recruiting class, they’re chasing one more defensive end in recruit Troy Niklas, who is down to Notre Dame and USC as his college choices. He’ll make a decision after visiting Notre Dame this weekend. Niklas, from Southern California powerhouse Servite High, is skipping a…

  18. What a difference a day makes: Tuitt re-pledges Irish

    Jan 20, 2011, 1:31 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    Small timey? Not this coaching staff. A day after losing five-star defensive end Stephon Tuitt to home-state Georgia Tech, head coach Brian Kelly, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin and defensive line coach Mike Elston arrived at the Tuitt household and didn’t leave until Tuitt was back committed to Notre Dame. IrishSportsDaily.com has…

  19. Stephon Tuitt flips pledge to Georgia Tech

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    With Notre Dame on an unprecedented recruiting run, the Irish hit their first speed bump with the de-commitment of defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt, recently upgraded by Rivals to a five-star recruit, will now stay home in Georgia and play for head coach Paul Johnson. “I think it’s where my heart was the whole time,”…

  20. Chase Hounshell joins Irish recruiting class

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Chase Hounshell

    Another day, another commitment to the Irish’s 2011 Irish recruiting class. This time, Notre Dame reels in another big body, two-way prospect Chase Hounshell, who will add even more depth to the defensive end position. Hounshell hasn’t been on the Irish’s recruiting radar for that long and was set to early enroll at Florida until…

  21. All-star games help Irish recruits raise stock

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    If there’s a familiar complaint amongst Irish fans, it’s that once a recruit commits to Notre Dame, his ever-important “star-ranking” seems to drop. Whether its true or not isn’t important (and really, who cares after they sign on the dotted line), but one thing is for certain — that’s not the case this year. After…

  22. Five recruits set to begin classes tomorrow

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Early Enrollees

    It doesn’t feel that long ago that Chris Stewart, George West and James Aldridge became the first three early-enrollees at Notre Dame. But when university admissions finally opened the door to allow high school seniors the ability to enroll a semester early five years ago, Notre Dame got up to speed with the rest of…

  23. Lynch makes it official: Back with the Irish

    Jan 15, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Army Bowl

    With his name joining the school directory on Notre Dame’s official website this morning, it was only a matter of time before he made it official. And this afternoon, he did: Aaron Lynch is (once again) committed to Notre Dame. The good news for Brian Kelly and his staff? Lynch is staying in South Bend,…

  24. Ishaq Williams makes 21 for Irish recruiting

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly came to Notre Dame promising to win in November. It turns out he’s pretty good in December and January, too. Prized recruit Ishaq Williams became the latest victory for Kelly and his dogged coaching staff, with the blue-chipper from Brooklyn pledging his commitment to Notre Dame this morning, just days before he’s set…

  25. Reports: Nick Martin joins Irish recruiting class

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:59 AM EDT

    Nick Martin

    With all the news surrounding Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams, and Michael Floyd’s decisions, the Irish coaching staff was out hustling and locked in another important recruit. Various places across the internet are reporting that Nick Martin, younger brother of Irish starting left tackle Zack Martin, has flipped his pledge from Kentucky to Notre Dame. Martin…