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

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:21 AM EST

    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…

  4. Signing Day 2011: Bring on the Faxes

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:26 AM EST

    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…

  5. Underachieving Irish seniors have their shot at redemption

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    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…

  6. One of these guys is Stephon Tuitt

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    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…

  7. Quiet period leads into intrigue

    Jan 30, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    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…

  8. Niklas down to USC and Notre Dame

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:06 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 20, 2011, 1:31 AM EST

    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…

  10. Stephon Tuitt flips pledge to Georgia Tech

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    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,”…

  11. Chase Hounshell joins Irish recruiting class

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

    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…

  12. All-star games help Irish recruits raise stock

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    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…

  13. Five recruits set to begin classes tomorrow

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    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…

  14. Lynch makes it official: Back with the Irish

    Jan 15, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    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,…

  15. Ishaq Williams makes 21 for Irish recruiting

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

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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…

  16. Reports: Nick Martin joins Irish recruiting class

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 7, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Aaron Lynch

    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…

  18. With season over, let the recruiting games begin

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:39 PM EST

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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…

  19. Hegarty named Sports Illustrated Player of the Week

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:43 AM EST

    Hegarty

    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…

  20. Tuitt’s sticking with ND… for now

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    Stephon Tuitt

    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…

  21. Councell, Golson thrive in Shrine Bowl

    Dec 19, 2010, 1:27 PM EST

    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…

  22. Hurricanes and Irish battling for recruits, too

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:10 PM EST

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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…

  23. Closing out recruiting clear focus for Irish

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    Brian Kelly - vs. Michigan

    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…

  24. Reports: CB Bennett Okotcha flips pledge to Irish

    Dec 6, 2010, 7:53 PM EST

    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.…

  25. Golson talks commitment

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    everett-golson

    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…