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Monday’s Leftovers: Notre Dame lands a 2019 CB; Auburn hires an Irish AD


Sanity is a commodity worth preserving. Thus, this space generally keeps any Notre Dame recruiting updates limited to the current recruiting class. Otherwise, two-thirds of these words would revolve around various offers, commitments, subsequent de-commitments, 16-year-old’s decisions and the other endless minutiae of the internet’s third-favorite niche industry. In other words, discussing high school juniors [more]

Irish A-to-Z: Durham Smythe


Notre Dame’s tight end depth chart is topped by Durham Smythe. And a season after suffering a hard-luck year, the senior hopes to pick up the slack Alizé Jones’ ineligibility leaves behind. A capable blocker who also has the ability to get open down the field, Smythe’s hoping to finally put together a season where opportunity [more]

Irish A-Z: Alizé Jones


Notre Dame’s next great tight end might be their next starting boundary wide receiver. With the retirement of Corey Robinson and a lack of outside receivers ready to contribute, Alizé Jones spent spring transitioning to receiver, a position he was probably built to play in the first place. Jones came to Notre Dame as a blue-chip tight [more]

Irish A-to-Z: Chase Claypool


Very early in the recruiting cycle it became clear that Chase Claypool was one of the most intriguing prospects in the country. And when Notre Dame landed him, they signed one of the biggest wildcard athletes in the recruiting cycle. What that means? We’ll find out when he hits the field in August. Notre Dame’s Canadian import [more]

Five Irish players sign UFA contracts


Notre Dame had seven players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, trailing only Ohio State, Clemson and UCLA on the weekend tally. But after the draft finished, the Irish had five more players get their shot at playing on Sundays. Chris Brown signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Romeo Okwara will begin his career with the New [more]