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Can Notre Dame Recruit an Elite Pass Rush?

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It’s an accepted cliché within the football world that defense wins championships, but a more accurate statement might be that defenses, led by an effective and consistent pass rush, win championships.  NFL MVP Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers’ No. 1 offense looked like a runaway train of point-scoring until it was derailed by the Denver Broncos’ defense, with Newton spending most of the Super Bowl running for his life.  That is why the Denver Broncos are currently champions, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why Notre Dame has failed to get over that final hump of winning a ...

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Notre Dame Should Benefit from New Recruiting Rule


The NCAA made some headlines last week by banning “satellite camps” like the ones Michigan held this past off-season.  While that ruling has no real impact on Notre Dame since they have never conducted satellite camps, the NCAA’s decision to allow an institution to cover the costs for two parents/legal guardians to accompany prospective recruits on official visits could end up being a huge boost for Notre Dame on the recruiting. Prior to the NCAA’s decision, parents and legal guardians of prospective recruits had to pay their own transportation and food costs if they wanted to accompany their child on a recruiting ...

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Avery Davis’ Commitment Provides Notre Dame Flexibility at Quarterback

Avery Davis - Notre Dame QB Commitment

Spring practices have begun for Notre Dame football and in recent years that has meant only one thing: quarterback competition. It seems every year since head coach Brian Kelly’s arrival in December of 2009 a battle at the position has taken place, and even on the rare occasion where a starter seemed straightforward something negative intervened to throw the situation into chaos. In 2010 Dayne Crist tore his ACL against Tulsa, forcing true freshman Tommy Rees into the starting lineup, and in 2013, fresh off a national championship appearance, Tommy Rees was forced to step in again as the starter ...

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Notre Dame’s Junior Day Draws Top Prospects

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Junior Days are one of the more important dates for college programs as they introduce themselves to a new round of recruiting prospects. Last year’s Junior Day was an important recruiting event for Notre Dame’s new and relatively unproven assistant coaches, and UHND reported Irish fans should keep an eye on prospects Khalid Kareem and Javon McKinley. Defensive line coach Keith Gilmore stated his intention to sign more Michigan-based recruits given his background in the area, and Gilmore came through by flipping Kareem away from his Alabama commitment and toward Notre Dame. Likewise, quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford was brought in ...

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Creative Southern Recruiting is Key to Notre Dame’s Future

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Notre Dame stepped into the modern era of recruiting when head coach Brian Kelly arrived in South Bend in 2010. It began with the “Pot of Gold” campaign, a bundle of mailers sent to potential prospects and committed recruits over the past several years. The Class of 2016’s “Pot of Gold” included fake scratch-off lottery tickets revealing different messages, such as an awarded scholarship, as well as photos of each recruit wearing Notre Dame jerseys. The Pot of Gold packages includes faux scratch off tickets with messages and pictures. Pretty cool pic.twitter.com/zsZyDpTbKR — Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 30, 2016 This ...

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Brian Kelly Loves the ‘Boring’ 2016 Notre Dame Class

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Notre Dame didn’t have much drama on National Signing Day 2016 in terms of late minute defections or decommitments.  No Chris Little, Greg Little, Lorenzo Booker, or Deontay Greenbery situations like Greg talked about in his post over the weekend.  At the same time, Notre Dame didn’t land the 5-star fish they were hoping to reel in either.  Still, a Signing Day devoid of being Bookered or Leaked was a nice change. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly opens up about the lack of drama behind Notre Dame’s recruiting process this year in this video from Sports Illustrated.  

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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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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

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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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5 Hidden Gems in the ’16 Notre Dame Recruiting Class

Troy Pride Jr - Notre Dame Commitment

The tenor of the 2016 Notre Dame recruiting class will likely be determined by the decisions of three players–Demetris Robertson, Ben Davis and Caleb Kelly. They are a star studded trio–five stars to be exact–and because Notre Dame has 22 solid commitments heading into National Signing Day, all the attention will be given to those three announcements. And, really, there is merit to the excitement and intrigue regarding those players, as all three are immensely talented and would be great additions to the class of 2016. They would also represent the only five stars inked in this year’s recruiting cycle ...

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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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