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Notre Dame Recruiting: 4-Star LB Ovie Oghoufo Commits!

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Notre Dame’s class of 2018 just keeps adding 4-star recruits.  The Irish picked up a commitment from class of 2018 4-star linebacker Ovie Oghoufo. God. Country. Notre Dame. ☘ #IrishBouND18 pic.twitter.com/VjOh1RLwSV — Ovie Oghoufo (@_OvieO_) July 22, 2016  Prior to committing to Notre Dame, Ovie Oghoufo picked up offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, and Syracuse. Oghoufo was high school teammates with current freshman Khalid Kareem at Harrison High School in Farmington, Michigan.  His relationship with Kareem played a big role in his decision to come to Notre Dame. Notre Dame now has five commitments in the class of 2018 ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting: Michael Young Commits!

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The Notre Dame recruiting train continues to steam ahead after the Irish picked up yet another commitment from an Irish Invasion visitor – wide receiver Michael Young.  Notre Dame beat out Young’s other finalists of Texas A&M and Oregon for their latest class of 2017 commitment. Young who projects as a slot wide receiver for Notre Dame saw his stock skyrocket this spring after his performance at a Nike Opening event.  Following his performance, Young started picking up a number of high profile offers like Notre Dame and Oregon.  In addition to Young’s finalists, the Louisiana native held offers from ...

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Darnell Ewell Commits!

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At 6’4 and just a shade under 300 lbs defensive tackle prospect Darnell Ewell is already big enough to start in college football.  What’s scary is he will just be entering his senior season in high school and already possesses the sheer strength to run over and through blockers. Notre Dame got the elite defensive tackle prospect they have been sorely missing in Ewell.  He is the most highly rated tackle since they signed Eddie Vanderdoes (who transferred to UCLA before ever playing to be close to his “sick grandmother”).  Rivals has Ewell as a top 125 player overall and ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting: 4-Star OL Robert Hainsey Commits!

4-star, Top 100 OL Robert Hainsey committed to Notre Dame on Sunday (Photo originally posted to Twitter @RH56__)

Notre Dame and Michigan won’t face each other for another two years, but the Irish scored a win over the Wolverines on Sunday.  Notre Dame picked up another big time commitment for the class of 2017 on Sunday when 4-star, top 100 offensive lineman Robert Hainsey selected the Irish over Michigan and Michigan State. Prior to cutting down his options to the Irish, Wolverines, and Spartans; Hainsey picked up offers from Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Tennessee among others. Hainsey has been taking part of this year’s The Opening where he has been more than ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting: 4-Star RB CJ Holmes Commits!


B/R Commitment Week: 4-star @CjHo1mes fishes for his school #BRCommitmentWeekhttps://t.co/VJya4qCAmf — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 8, 2016 I gotta give it to these kids these days.  The originality is off the chains with these football commitments. 4 Star Athlete C.J. Holmes picked Notre Dame over the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, and Michigan with this rather hilarious fishing video.  HE CAUGHT HIMSELF A LEPRECHAUN! Last season Notre Dame used star athlete C.J. Prosise (converted safety/wide receiver) at the tailback position because of the departure of transfer Greg Bryant and the injury to starter Tarean Folston.  Prosise exploded on the scene and ...

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Jayson and Justin Ademilola Commit to Notre Dame

Justin Ademilola - Notre LB Commit

Notre Dame picked up two new members of the class of 2018 on Sunday in the form of Jersey City twins Jayson Ademilola and Justin Ademilola.  The St. Peter’s Prep stars earned offers from Notre Dame on a visit this weekend and it didn’t take long for the 4-star duo to decide they wanted to act on those offers immediately. Both Justin and Jayson Ademilola are ranked as 4-star, Top 247 recruits by 247 Sports already as they enter their junior years at St. Peter’s Prep.  Prior to committing to Notre Dame the pair held impressive offer lists including scholarships from ...

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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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