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Liam Eichenberg Commits to Notre Dame!

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The annual Blue & Gold Weekend wasn’t the banner recruiting event its been in the past due to the scaled down festivities from the construction on the Campus Crossroads Project, but that didn’t stop Notre Dame from making recruiting headlines when Liam Eichenberg, a 4-star offensive lineman from Ohio, committed to Notre Dame on Sunday. I have officially decided to commit to THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME#GoIrish #F16GHTINGIRISH @NDFootball @NoChillCLE pic.twitter.com/rNCP7FSKAl — Liam Eichenberg (@Iggyike17) April 19, 2015 Eichenberg was fresh off a weekend visit to Ohio state when he announced that he was committing to Notre Dame.  The Ohio ...

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Julian Okwara Commits to Notre Dame!

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Notre Dame picked up its fifth commitment in the class of 2016 (full Notre Dame commitment list) on Tuesday when Julian Okwara, the brother of current defensive end Romeo Okwara, selected the Irish over Georgia, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Clemson.  As has become commonplace, the young Okwara made his announcement over Twitter. I am officially committing to THE University of Notre Dame #GoIrish #Blessed pic.twitter.com/Sb0R0bNMsA — Julian Okwara (@704jo) April 14, 2015 For those having a hard time reading the text of his statement, here’s the full text: After many months of research and visits I have decided to commit ...

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Julian Okwara Announcement Coming in April

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Just yesterday we posted that 4-star defensive end Julian Okwara, brother of current Notre Dame rising senior Romeo Okwara, cut his list of schools to five.  It didn’t take him too long to decide that list would be cut to one in the near future.  Okwara will be announcing a commitment to one of those schools on April 30th. I will be committing to the school I will play college football at on April 30th. — Julian Okwara (@704jo) April 12, 2015 Before announcing he would be committing at the end of the month, Okwara cut his list of schools ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting Update: Irish in Julian Okwara’s Top 5

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Julian Okwara, the brother of current rising senior defensive end Romeo Okwara, has trimmed his college choices to five schools and Notre Dame has made the cut along with Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, and Ole Miss. Okwara, like his brother, is considered a weak-side defensive end for Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte.  He announced his finalists over Twitter. I would like to say thank you to all the schools that recruited me. But I have decided to trim it down. pic.twitter.com/ky6Q47NZSN — Julian Okwara (@704jo) April 10, 2015 247 Sports gives Okwara a composite 4-star rating with an overall rank ...

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Notre Dame Lands ’17 OL Dillan Gibbons

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The Class of 2016 is barely underway and Notre Dame has already secured its first commitment for the class of 2017 after offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons committed to the Irish over the weekend. Gibbons, a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, might only be just a sophomore but he had already picked up offers from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan State, South Carolina, Louisville, and Wet Virginia among a few others as well.  The Max Prep’s Sophomore All-American plays at Northside Christian where he is coached by former NFL and Purdue standout Mike Alstott. Gibbons’ father told the Tampa Bay Times that his son ...

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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

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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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