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Notre Dame Awaits Demetris Robertson’s Decision

Demetris Robertson - Notre Dame WR Target

Notre Dame’s 2016 National Signing Day didn’t go exactly how the Irish coaching staff would have liked it to with the Irish batting one for three and losing out on two 5-star recruits – linebackers Ben Davis and Caleb Kelly – in the process.  Even with Signing Day essentially over, however, Notre Dame still has their eyes set on adding one more 5-star recruit.  Demetris Robertson. The recruitment of Demetris Robertson has been interesting to say the least.  After originally committing to Alabama, Robertson opened his recruitment back up and focused on Notre Dame and Stanford – two schools with ...

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No 5-Star Additions for Notre Dame Again on NSD

Caleb Kelly - Notre Dame LB Target

Notre Dame had high hopes coming into National Signing Day 2016 with a pair of 5-star linebackers – Caleb Kelly and Ben Davis – in their sights.  Neither would end up selecting the Irish, however, and Notre Dame’s only addition to the class of 2016 ended up being Florida linebacker Jonathan Jones. A month ago hearing that Notre Dame missed out on Caleb Kelly and Ben Davis wouldn’t have been too surprising, but the Notre Dame coaching staff did a good job of getting and keeping Notre Dame in the race up until the end.   Unfortunately for Notre Dame, ...

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Jonathan Jones Commits to Notre Dame

Jonathan Jones - Notre Dame LB

Notre Dame got some good news early Wednesday morning with when Florida linebacker Jonathan Jones selected Notre Dame over Michigan at his 10:30 announcement – especially after Notre Dame lost out on 5-star LB Ben Davis earlier this morning. Jones, a one time Michigan commitment, had been trending towards Notre Dame for a little while making his announcement not too surprising while at the same time reassuring for Notre Dame fans beings as Jones was considered the only “sure thing” heading into Signing Day. At 5’11”, 220 lbs, Jones checks in a bit undersized.  In fact, that might be the ...

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Meet Notre Dame Football’s ’16 Defensive Recruits

Spencer Perry - Notre Dame S

Julian Okwara – WDE Summary: The younger brother of graduating defensive end Romeo Okwara, Julian Okwara comes to Notre Dame as a similar, but more developed prospect than his older brother.  Julian Okwara projects as a weakside defensive end just like his brother but will be a full year older than his brother was as a true freshman.  People forget that Romeo Okwara was playing NCAA football not long after his 17 year old birthday.  Julian is already 18 months before even reporting to campus.  Like his brother though, the younger Okwara will need some time to develop as he was ...

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Meet Notre Dame Football’s ’16 Offensive Recruits

Ian Book - Notre Dame QB

Ian Book – QB Summary: For a while it looked like Notre Dame might not add a quarterback in the class of 2016.  The Irish appeared to be the leader’s in the clubhouse for elite 2017 QB Hunter Johnson and had just landed the dynamic Brandon Wimbush in the class of 2015 and they were having a hard time gaining the interest of 2016 signal callers.  Enter Ian Book.  The one-time Washington State quarterback who Mike Sanford became familiar with while coaching at Boise State in 2014, didn’t have an impressive offer list – mainly due to his measureables – ...

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7 Future Stars in Notre Dame’s Recruiting Class of ’16

Javon McKinley - Notre Dame WR

Every year we look at some instant impact and hidden gem recruits (coming soon) around National Signing Day.  You know the ones who could see the field right away and those that could develop into great players in a few years.  We haven’t really looked at players who will almost definitely be big time players but might not exactly be instant impact recruits because of depth, injuries, or any other number of reasons they might just need a little time before their every down players.  We are today. Here are 7 players in Notre Dame’s class of 2016 that will ...

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Autry Denson Fueling Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Autry Denson - Notre Dame RB Coach

When Urban Meyer convinced Tony Alford to leave Brian Kelly’s staff a year ago for the same position on his, Notre Dame fans – this one included – were terrified about the potential recruiting impact Alford’s loss would have.  Well, a year later, Autry Denson -Alford’s replacement – is making us all forget all about those worries. Prior to joining the Notre Dame coaching staff last February, Autry Denson had limited coaching experience.  He coached the running backs at Bethune-Cookman for three seasons before joining Chuck Martin’s staff at Miami of Ohio in 2014.  Just before joining the Irish staff, he ...

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6 Instant Impact ’16 Notre Dame Football Recruits

Daelin Hayes Commits to Notre Dame

With the fax machines warming up across the country, we will complete one our the favorite past times of all college football bloggers – picking out which recruits could be instant impact players next fall. Predicting such recruits is an inexact science to say the best and being successful is usually more about being able to predict opportunity rather than talent.  For instance, a 5-star recruit stepping into a depth chart anchored by an All-American for instance, might not see the field much as a frosh.  A 3-star player coming off an injury – looking at you Josh Adams – ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting ’16 NSD Announcement Schedule

Caleb Kelly - Notre Dame LB Target

Notre Dame heads into National Signing Day tomorrow with a lot of high profile recruits left on its board and while it’s uncertain that the Irish will come out on the right side of several high profile recruiting battles, there is still hope Notre Dame pulls off an upset or two. Here are the announcement times for all of the Notre Dame prospects who are still listing the Irish as a possibility. Ben Davis (LB) – 10:00 AM – The day will start off for Notre Dame fans with the 5-star LB selecting between finalists of Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia, ...

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Notre Dame Great Justin Tuck Retires

Justin Tuck - Notre Dame Sack Leader

Notre Dame’s all-time sack leader (and UHND’s official favorite follower on Twitter) is officially hanging up his cleats after a brilliant 11 year NFL career that saw the Irish great win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants before finishing it off with the Oakland Raiders. Tuck announced his retirement via social media on Monday. After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets. I’m thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful ...

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Brian Kelly Contract Extension Gives Notre Dame Rare Stability

Brian Kelly Contract Extension

Notre Dame made some unexpected news on Friday when it announced a brand new, 6 year contract extension for head coach Brian Kelly which will keep him on the sidelines of Notre Dame Stadium through the 2021 season.  The extension, Kelly’s third, gives the Notre Dame football program stability the likes of which it hasn’t seen in over 20 years. The Notre Dame head coaching position had become a carousel ever since Lou Holtz coached his last game for the Irish in 1996 prior to Brian Kelly’s arrival in 2010.  None of Holtz’s three successors managed to give Notre Dame any ...

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Tyler Luatua’s Transfer Hits Notre Dame Tight End Depth

Durham Smythe - Notre Dame TE

Earlier today news broke that Notre Dame’s reserve tight end Tyler Luatua will transfer from Notre Dame after a week or so of speculation regarding the future of the former 4-star recruit.  With Luatua’s decision to leave Notre Dame final, the big question for Notre Dame now, is how his departure impacts Notre Dame’s depth moving forward and whether or not the Irish might make a late push for a tight end in the class of 2016. Here’s what we know about Notre Dame’s tight end depth for 2016 as of today.  Tyler Luatua is transferring leaving Notre Dame with three ...

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It’s Time for Brian Kelly to Earn Some Coffee

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame HC

As we all learned in Glengarry Glen Ross, “Coffee’s for closers only.”  Well, with just over a week to go until National Signing Day 2016 and a few, select elite recruits left on Notre Dame’s recruiting board, it’s time for Brian Kelly and his staff to earn their coffee to close out this class and push it into elite status. Notre Dame has been here before under Brian Kelly.  They’ve headed into National Signing Day with elite recruits left on the board but more often than not, they’ve ended up as the bridesmaid for a 5-star recruit.  The one glaring ...

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5-Star Focus for Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Caleb Kelly - Notre Dame LB Target

As Notre Dame heads toward National Signing Day 2016, the Irish coaching staff has already done a phenomenal job hitting off of a number of needs in this year’s class.  Sitting at 22 verbal commits with a week and a half remaining until Signing Day, Brian Kelly and his staff have set themselves up to be able to focus on a few select elite talents over the final few days before the books close on the class of 2016. Just last week Brian Kelly and staff visited Savannah, Georgia to show elite wide receiver Demetris Robertson some 5-star treatment.  Notre ...

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Notre Dame Coaches Visiting Demetris Robertson Today

Demetris Robertson - Notre Dame WR Target

If you follow the Notre Dame coaching staff on Twitter, it’s not hard to figure out where the majority of the Irish offensive staff is today.  They are in Georgia in numbers to visit with 5-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson in hopes of continuing their  progress towards finding a Will Fuller replacement. Here’s a quick sampling of some tweets sent out by the Irish coaching staff over the last few hours: Looking forward to an action-packed day in The Peach State with @CoachBrianKelly @CoachSBooker & @autrydenson! #HereComeTheIrish ☘🍑 — Coach Mike Sanford (@CoachSanfordND) January 18, 2016 In the past 6yrs ...

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