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  1. The ones that got away

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Greenberry Houston

    Brian Kelly wanted to keep the focus on the players that decided to sign letters-of-intent with the Irish. And with a recruiting class compiled of 16 talented players — a lean class no doubt, but far from a program killer — that sentiment is certainly understandable. But we’ll have four years to judge the talent…

  2. Irish head down recruiting home stretch

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Nelson Agholor

    Next Wednesday, thousands of college football fans around the country will wake up with it feeling like Christmas morning. That’s because after over a year of building relationships with high school prospects, fax machines across the country will get their annual workout as Letters-of-Intent roll into football offices, with Notre Dame expecting to receive fourteen…

  3. Peer pressure only adds to recruiting drama

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Ronald Darby

    You can blame aggressive coaching staffs and negative recruiting spin. You can blame teams taking their eye off the ball and chasing uncommitted prospects while ignoring their verbal pledges. You can change instability on coaching staffs, with assistants bouncing from school to school, often at the most inopportune time. But in the era of made-for-TV…

  4. Darby backs away from ND pledge

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    PotoForestSP091610

    Over the weekend, news broke thatĀ 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…

  5. 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…

  6. After filling front seven, Irish looking for DBs

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Brian Kelly essentially called his shot back on his first Signing Day, identifying defensive end and the edge of the defense as areas his staff needed to target and fill in the upcoming recruiting class. Last Saturday’s Blue-Gold game already showed us the early returns, with Aaron Lynch and Ishaq Williams immediately competing for playing…

  7. Five things we learned: The 82nd Blue-Gold game

    Apr 16, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The good news? Notre Dame won, with the Gold beating the Blue 17-14. The better news? Nobody got hurt. The best news? The kids are going to be alright. If you were looking to draw conclusions after the spring game, you might be out of luck. Like last year, the Irish…

  8. Pregame six pack: Your guide to the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:14 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As thousands of Irish fans descend on South Bend for the 82nd annual Blue-Gold game (and the first televised nationally — 2:00 p.m. ET on Versus — likely featuring yours truly), here are six tidbits, quick hits, fun facts or leftovers to get you ready for a Saturday of football. 1.Blue-Gold success isn’t necessarily an…

  9. 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…