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  1. Lynch u-turns again, Irish visit on tap

    Jan 7, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

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    The recruiting saga of Aaron Lynch, one-time Irish commitment, recent Florida State pledge, and soon to be early-enrollee, has taken another u-turn. And this time, it appears it’s in the Irish’s favor. The last time the Irish and the Seminoles battled for a recruit like this, the guy ended up in the UFL. Well, maybe…

  2. With season over, let the recruiting games begin

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:39 PM EDT

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    It’s that time of year again. When college football fans read into the clothing choices of four-star recruits or the hats that parents of recruits are wearing around the US Army All-American Bowl. For those of you that swill the recruiting Kool-Aid, it’s the most wonderful time of year. For the first time in… well…

  3. Hegarty named Sports Illustrated Player of the Week

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

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    Looking for an incoming recruit to get excited about? Try New Mexico’s Matt Hegarty, who Sports Illustrated recently named their High School Player of the Week. Hailed as the nation’s top offensive lineman, the 6-5, 270-pound tackle has 27 offers spanning from Texas to Harvard, a testament to both his athleticism and intellect. He committed…

  4. Tuitt’s sticking with ND… for now

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    While I didn’t mention it, I certainly heard plenty of rumblings from nervous Notre Dame fans when prized defensive end recruit Stephon Tuitt decided to take an official visit to Auburn this past weekend. Whether it be the hard luck the Irish have had holding onto big-time defensive end targets, or the draw of a…

  5. Councell, Golson thrive in Shrine Bowl

    Dec 19, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    The game didn’t seem to be much of a contest, but two Irish prospects stood out during the annual Shrine Bowl, where South Carolina beat-up on North Carolina 42-10 in Spartanburg, South Carolina yesterday. Both quarterback Everett Golson and outside linebacker Ben Councell played good football during the game, but more importantly, impressed during a…

  6. Hurricanes and Irish battling for recruits, too

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

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    It’s not enough that Miami and Notre Dame will face off on December 31st in the Sun Bowl. New head coach Al Golden kick-started the rivalry when he dropped into the Brooklyn high school of Irish target Ishaq Williams, throwing the Hurricanes into the heated pursuit for the blue-chippers signature. CaneSports.com spoke with Lincoln High…

  7. Closing out recruiting clear focus for Irish

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

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    After a week of nothing but good news for the Irish, Notre Dame finally didn’t get the commitment they were chasing when Iowa’s Christian French committed to Oregon over Notre Dame and his home state Hawkeyes yesterday. French is a freakish athlete, but where he’ll play and how effective he’ll be in college are still…

  8. Reports: CB Bennett Okotcha flips pledge to Irish

    Dec 6, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Courtesy of Dallas Morning News

    The Brian Kelly recruiting machine is on a roll, and the Irish just picked up a much needed commitment from defensive back Bennett Okotcha. Okotcha, high school teammates with recent Irish pledge Cam McDaniel, has been committed to Wisconsin since August before flipping his commitment to Notre Dame, the South Bend Tribune and IrishSportsDaily.com report.…

  9. Golson talks commitment

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Recent Notre Dame commit quarterback Everett Golson sat down with his hometown paper the Sun News to discuss his career and his future. It’s a great read for those Irish fans just getting to know Golson and also a great reminder of just how prolific Golson has been at quarterback. A couple quick hits that…

  10. Irish take momentum onto recruiting trail

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    After an undefeated November, the Irish coaching staff hit the recruiting trail, and it isn’t hard to see the difference between spending the season’s final month building momentum versus the tailspin of the last two years. The commitments of Cam McDaniel and Everett Golson this week help illustrate how important stability at the top of…

  11. QB Golson gives Irish two-sport pledge

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

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    (You want recruiting news? We’ve got recruiting news!) South Carolina quarterback Everett Golson committed to Notre Dame today, officially switching from a pledge he made to North Carolina back in February. (Feels good to be on the other end of this, doesn’t it, Irish fans?) Golson plans on enrolling early in January, making this an…

  12. McDaniel to enter Notre Dame as a running back

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    I don’t usually get overly into recruiting here, but some of the news surrounding Cam McDaniel’s commitment to the Irish has been pretty interesting. In McDaniel, the Irish get one of the most prolific running backs and football players in the North Texas area, seemingly a huge coup for Notre Dame. But, whether it’s a…

  13. Hegarty not enrolling early, but commitment solid

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Interesting update on recruiting from the guys at IrishSportsDaily.com. Resident ISD coach Bryan Driskell has a report on blue-chip offensive tackle Matt Hegarty from New Mexico, who received a visit from head coach Brian Kelly, offensive line coach Ed Warinner, and outside linebackers coach Kerry Cooks on Sunday after the Irish’s big win in Southern…

  14. Irish add McDaniel to the recruiting fold

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

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    While most Irish fans wait for some of the bigger names to fall, Notre Dame offered a scholarship to Coppell, Texas all-purpose back/return man Cam McDaniel. He promptly accepted, becoming the Irish’s 17th verbal commitment to the class of 2011.  McDaniel had offers from programs like Colorado, Iowa, Stanford, and Cincinnati. McDaniel doesn’t wow recruitniks,…

  15. Justice Hayes’ U-turn ends up with commitment to Michigan

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    In one of the more bizarre turn of events, Notre Dame has lost running back commitment Justice Hayes — one of Notre Dame’s most enthusiastic high school recruiters — who has decommitted from the Irish and in a matter of days given his pledge to the home state Michigan Wolverines. “I’m a Wolverine now,” Hayes…

  16. Martin takes dead aim at recruiting perceptions

    Nov 11, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    One of the biggest questions when Brian Kelly was hired as the head coach of Notre Dame was whether or not he could recruit the blue-chip caliber players needed to compete at the highest level of college football. Over the course of the eleven months or so Kelly and his staff have been on campus,…

  17. Burton accepts Florida offer, decommits from Irish

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Chalk another poaching up to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators of a top-flight defensive recruit, joining Justin Trattou and Omar Hunter of years past. Only this one, Irish fans probably should’ve seen coming. Defensive end Clay Burton decommitted from Notre Dame earlier this week, accepting a scholarship offer from Florida, where his older brother,…