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Notre Dame Recruiting: Paulson Adebo Commits

Paulson Adebo - Notre Dame CB Recruit

The recruiting momentum Notre Dame picked up over the weekend with a trio of commitments following the Irish Invasion continued on Monday when 4-star athlete Paulson Adebo of Mansfield, Texas became the 13th member of Notre Dame’s class of 2017. Proud to say I'm committed to The University of Notre Dame!! pic.twitter.com/mxJU9TYArJ — Paulson Adebo (@yg_3x) June 20, 2016 Adebo is ranked as the #14 rated athlete in the class of 2017 and just like fellow recent commitment Jordan Pouncey, Adebo plays on both sides of the ball and was recruited for different positions at different schools.  While Pouncey was ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting: ’18 RB Markese Stepp Commits!

Markese Stepp - Notre Dame RB Commit

The 2016 Irish Invasion has produced three commitments for Notre Dame this weekend with the latest one coming for the class of 2018 in the from of 4-star running back and Hoosier state native Markese Stepp. Stepp was on hand for the Irish Invasion this weekend although he was unable to participate due to injury.  He originally picked up his offer from Notre Dame back in February, however, and has been on campus several times since. As of now Stepp ranks as the #12 running back in the class of 2018 and the #2 overall prospect in the state of ...

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Jordan Pouncey – Junior Year Highlights


Notre Dame picked up its 12th commitment for the class of 2017 on Saturday in the form of wide receiver Jordan Pouncey – its second in as many days during this year’s Irish Invasion.  Pouncey, a second cousin of the Pouncey twins who starred at Florida before moving on to the NFL, spurred his home state program for the Irish to become the first wide receiver in this year’s class. Pouncey comes to Notre Dame as a bit of a raw prospect with just 15 receptions as a junior.  Pouncey racked up over 30 yards a catch on those 15 ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting: Jonathon MacCollister Commits!

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Notre Dame’s 2016 Irish Invasion started off with a bang on Friday when Florida strong side defensive end Jonathon MAcCollister committed to the Irish shortly after his arrival on campus for the yearly summer recruiting bonanza. ILL BE HUNTING QB'S FOR THE IRISH☘☘☘ #IRISHEL17E #LUCKYBOYZ☘ #GOIRISH pic.twitter.com/ap3cIVvzub — JonathonMacCollister (@bigbird__54) June 17, 2016 MacCollister held offers from more than 30 schools prior to his commitment to Notre Dame on Friday highlighted by offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Clemson, Auburn, Oregon, and Miami.  Such an offer list suggests MacCollister’s potential might be greater than his current recruiting service rankings suggests. ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting: 2016 Irish Invasion Preview

2016 Notre Dame Irish Invasion

Notre Dame is gearing up for its third annual Irish Invasion recruiting event this weekend, and South Bend will soon be flooded with elite high school prospects from across the country. Although a recent creation, the Irish Invasion has been very successful for Notre Dame’s recruiting efforts, and head coach Brian Kelly’s staff has done an excellent job of drawing top talent to this year’s camp. While the list of prospects is lengthy and an argument can be made for many others, UHND will outline five important prospects to keep an eye on moving forward. Robert Beal Hometown: Norcross, GA ...

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Irish Invasion a Recruiting Windfall for Notre Dame

Josh Adams - Notre Dame RB

Notre Dame is set to host its third annual Irish Invasion camp the weekend of June 18th.  The elite on-campus event represents Notre Dame’s attempt to join the college football mainstream on an idea first conceived by Urban Meyer while head coach of the Florida Gators.  In 2005 Meyer started a “Friday Night Lights” event on Florida’s campus, which consisted of inviting top-flight recruits to work out in front of the coaching staff under the lights of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium while music blared and highlights of Florida’s previous season looped on the jumbotron. Meyer’s idea was such a success ...

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Is Notre Dame the Next ‘Offensive Line U’?

Notre Dame Offensive Line

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was effusive with his praise of Ronnie Stanley, the Ravens’ first-round NFL Draft selection and No. 6 player taken overall.  And Harbaugh was quick to reference Notre Dame’s offensive line coach, Harry Hiestand, as a reason why taking Stanley was an easy choice. “You have people you trust in the profession, and that goes a long way,” Harbaugh told the media, solidifying Notre Dame’s reputation as a program NFL teams can trust to produce qualify offensive linemen.  It has taken Notre Dame a long time to turn around its spotty NFL reputation over the ...

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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

Notre Dame Football Recruiting 2016

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

Brian Kelly Contract Extension

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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