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Tony Jones Junior Season Highlights

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Notre Dame added it’s 4th commitment for the class of 2016 and its first at running back on Sunday when Florida native Tony Jones committed to the Irish following his junior day visit. Here’s some video of Autry Denson’s first running back commitment since being named the running backs coach for the Irish showing great burst and balance. Jones is a bigger back who can run between the tackles who like Denson himself might not possess top end, breakaway speed but can big plays because of his vision and ability to break tackles.  

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RB Tony Jones Commits to Notre Dame

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Notre Dame’s junior weekend has been paying off dividends and it’s not even officially over yet.  On Sunday Notre Dame picked up its third commitment of the week in the form of running back Tony Jones – a 4-star prospect out of Florida. Jones, ranked as the #12 rated running back according to 247 Sports, committed to Notre Dame while on attending the junior day.  Prior to selecting the Irish, Jones picked up scholarship offers from Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, South Carolina, and Ole Miss. Jones continues Notre Dame’s string of running backs from the Sunshine State joining incoming freshman ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting ’15: The Ones That Got Away

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Now that all the smoke has cleared and dust has settled from signing day, it is time for staffs and fans alike, to evaluate the final group of commitments. As with any post-signing day scenario, some programs are very happy, while others need to evaluate their approach and efforts.  For the Irish, it’s probably a bit of both. The most glaring heading into this year’s class were in the secondary, the offensive backfield and at linebacker. Most agree that the coaching did fine with the addition of Josh Adams, and Dexter Williams in the backfield; and that they knocked it out of the ...

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How Notre Dame’s 2015 Class Hit and Missed on Needs

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame HC v. Northwestern

As Brian Kelly and staff started forming the recruiting parameters for 2015, there were obvious needs that had to be addressed, followed by what we would classify as great additions to the class, but not a necessity. There were a number of factors that played into specific target areas for the Notre Dame program, including suspensions, injuries, and transfers; but those are pretty typical factors for any program. One of the bright spots that came from the injuries and suspensions during the 2014 season, was the ability to see young recruits in action. The Irish staff were forced to fill ...

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The State(s) of Notre Dame Recruiting 2015

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You will hear Brian Kelly say often that Notre Dame recruits nationally.  He said it within minutes of his Signing Day press conference on Wednesday alone.  The map above shows that Kelly is speaking the truth whenever he says it because the Notre Dame class of 2015 spread the country with prospects in almost every region of the nation. Notre Dame’s 24 members class come from 13 different states – Indiana (4), Illinois (3), Ohio (3), California (2), Nevada (2), Florida (2), Louisiana (2), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (1), Idaho (1), Massachusetts (1), New Jersey (1), and Maryland (1). Not surprisingly, ...

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Brian Kelly on Notre Dame’s ’15 Defensive Signees

Tevon Coney is one of several 4-star recruits to commit to the Irish since the start of the 2014 season.   (Photo: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

Brian Kelly talked in detail about all 13 of the defensive players that are part of the recruiting class of 2015 that he and his staff hauled in yesterday.  Here are some highlights about what he had to say about each of the 13. Also be sure to check out what Kelly had to say about the 11 recruits Notre Dame brought in on the offensive side of the ball. Tevon Coney – LB Tevon Coney from Palm Beach Gardens, physically looks like a guy that has been in our program for a couple years.  Very much has the physical ...

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Brian Kelly on Notre Dame’s ’15 Offensive Signees

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Brian Kelly held his annual Signing Day press conference on Wednesday during which he gave a full run down of each and every member of the 24 recruit class the Irish signed.  Here are some highlights on what Kelly had to say about the haul of elite talent he and his staff collected on the offensive side of the ball with this year’s class. Tristen Hoge – OC What separates Tristen for us is a true center.  So this is a unique player in the sense that he’s already been groomed for this position at the offensive center position.  Shotgun ...

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Owning Indiana Shaped Notre Dame’s ’15 Recruiting Class

Future Notre Dame teammates Josh Barajas (left) and Asmar Bilal (right) pose together at the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photographer: John Albright/Icon Sportswire)

Historically, the state of Indiana has not been a hot bed of Division 1 talent which has always been a challenge for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail.  This year, however, the Hoosier State was the home of several highly touted recruits and Notre Dame’s dominance in it’s own backyard helped shaped the class that Notre Dame signed on Wednesday. Notre Dame added four players from the state of Indiana to its roster today – linebacker Josh Barajas , safety Mykelti Williams, linebacker Asmar Bilal, and defensive lineman Brandon Tiassum.  According to Rivals.com, those four players were all in the ...

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Watch Equanimeous St. Brown Commit in 3 Languages

Equanimeous St. Brown of Anaheim, CA (Servite HS) during the 2014 Under Armour All-American practice at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo: Cliff Welch / Icon Sportswire)

When Equanimeous St. Brown committed to Notre Dame earlier today, he did so in style by speaking three different languages.  To his mother, he spoke in German.  To his friends in France where he lived earlier in his life, he spoke French.  For the rest of us, he let us know that he would continuing his academic and athletic career at the University of Notre Dame. Here is video of St. Brown displaying the off the field qualities that make him an outstanding addition to Notre Dame’s class of 2015.

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