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Post Spring Notre Dame Football Stock Report

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB

With spring practice complete and Notre Dame ready for OTA’s, we have a somewhat better idea now of what the Irish have to work with and work on between now and September 5.  Based on what we learned this spring, here are some players who saw their stocks rise and fall over the course of the 15 practices the Irish held. A lot can change between now and the fall so this list could be vastly different once the bullets start to fly in September, but for now, here’s what we learned this spring. Trending Up CJ Prosise – Clearly ...

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Harry Hiestand Building a Legacy at Notre Dame

Harry Hiestand - Notre Dame OL Coach

When Harry Hiestand was added to the Notre Dame coaching staff following the departure of Ed Warriner to Ohio State after the 2011 season, his hiring wasn’t met with a whole lot of fanfare.  Three years later, it’s safe to say that Hiestand very well could be the single best assistant coaching hiring Brian Kelly has made since being named the head coach at Notre Dame. Since his arrival at Notre Dame the offensive line has, for the most part, been a source of strength for the Irish.  In 2012 the offensive line paved the way to a title game ...

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10 Observations from the 2015 Blue & Gold Game

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Notre Dame concluded spring practice on Saturday with the annual Blue & Gold game.  While it’s tough to really draw any conclusions from a glorified scrimmage, here are 10 observations from the game and some things to think about as the Irish move into the off-season. 1. There’s a reason there won’t be a decision on the Quarterback until the summer Neither Everett Golson or Malik Zaire did too much to separate themselves.  Zaire had the long bomb to Will Fuller but that was really the only difference and everyone knows that Golson has the ability to hit Fuller deep ...

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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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Brian Kelly Talks 2015 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

Brian Kelly met with the media on Saturday following the conclusion of the 2015 Notre Dame Blue and Gold Game – the 15th and final practice for the Fighting Irish in Spring 2015.  Here are some of the highlights of Kelly’s last media session until fall camp kicks off this summer. During his opening remarks singled out a few players – Max Redfield, CJ Prosise, Jaylon Smith, and Jarrett Grace.  Kelly noted that Prosise is the kind of player that will scare a coach when he puts on the tape and that Redfield continued the progression he has shown all ...

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2015 Notre Dame Football Blue & Gold Game Highlights

2015 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game Highlights

Notre Dame concluded Spring football 2015 on Saturday afternoon in front of a limited crowd due to construction forcing the annual Blue Gold game out of Notre Dame Stadium.   For those unable to attend or watch live on NBC Sports Network earlier today, here are all of the highlights from the crew at WatchND. Much more to come on the game from UHND, but for now, enjoy the highlights!  

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Julian Okwara Commits to Notre Dame!

Photo: Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports

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’s Joe Schmidt Cleared for Non-Contact Drills

Joe Schmidt - Notre Dame LB

Notre Dame got a bit of a boost to its suddenly deep linebacking corps on Saturday when Brian Kelly announced that Joe Schmidt has been cleared for non-contact drills and will be able to participate in 7 on 7’s and other non-contact drills for the final week of Notre Dame spring football 2015. “Joe Schmidt’s going to be back on Monday in 7 on 7’s,” Brian Kelly snuck into an answer on the development of Nyles Morgan on Saturday when addressing the media.  “He’s going to be in non-contact situations.  He’s cleared to be in all movement drills, 7 on ...

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Brian Kelly Notre Dame Spring ’15 Presser Notes 4/11

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Recruiting Camps

Brian Kelly met with the media following practice #11 for Notre Dame spring football 2015.  The WatchND team has the entire video for your viewing pleasure, but in case you don’t have the 25 minutes to watch, here are some highlights as the Irish move forward towards next weekend’s Blue and Gold game. Kelly said that Jarrett Grace makes the coaching staff’s job easier because of how mature he is and how good of a leader he is on the field. Kelly said that there are times that Malik Zaire checks into things at times that the coaching staff doesn’t ...

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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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Future of Ishaq Williams at Notre Dame Remains Uncertain

Ishaq Williams - Notre Dame DE

When Brian Kelly opened spring practice last month he didn’t have much of an update on the future of would be senior defensive Ishaq Williams.  Three weeks later, the Fighting Irish head coach still couldn’t offer much clarity on the future of the one time 5-star prospect as things remain very uncertain with Williams’s future. “We did not.”  Brian Kelly said on Wednesday when asked if he had a chance to talk with Williams last week when he was on campus to watch Notre Dame’s Pro Day.  “All we had a chance to say was ‘Hello and how you doing’ ...

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