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How high is Golson's ceiling? Can he become an elite playmaker like a Charlie Ward or will he just be a nice passer who can make the throws?
Also, how close is Kelly to giving him full run of the offense? Seemed like Kelly had a very dumbed-down version of the offense in place at times last year to make things more simple for Golson.
I've been watching some classic replays and I've noticed that the wide receivers line up in the three point stance. When did the switch to a two point happen, and what where some of the benefits from lining up in a three point stance as opposed to standing upright.
There is plenty of flexibility when admitting student-athletes in football, but If academics are not taken seriously by any prospect, he's not going to fit in at ND. Period.
The average SAT score for an ND player probably is about 400 points lower than the average student, and many times more. This was discussed extensively in the infamous 1993 book "Under the Tarnished Dome: How Notre Dame Sold Its Soul For Football Glory." But like Father Ned Joyce C.S.C., the school's vice president from 1952-87, often explained, a great football player adds value to the university the same way a virtuoso pianist or a master painter would. Thus, a five-star football player with a 900 or so SAT, good citizenship record and 16 core credits in high school — including three years of college prep Math, two years of foreign language, etc. — a low-B average often might well get the nod over someone with a 1,500 SAT, A average and no athletics skill.
Not trying to single anyone out, but here's a for example. In 1998 Arnaz Battle had only a 17 ACT (the average at ND is something like 32 or 33 for "regular students", I think, and came from Shreveport, La. He was a great athlete, though, and he worked hard in the classroom, recording a 4.0 GPA. ND saw that he was willing to put the effort in. Then when admissions interviewed him and he displayed great poise and outlined his goals, they gave the green light that this excellent football player would be a good fit as an overall student-athlete at ND, even though his test scores weren't up to par. That's "flexibility." Same with an Aaron Lynch and dozens and dozens upon others. They wouldn't be admitted just as students, but as great football players, you provide some leeway that you wouldn't to someone who is not an NFL prospect.
It's just that you have to be able to fit in and compete academically too, otherwise you're not being fair to him and he will be overwhelmed. He must have a serious approach to the academics or he will get eaten up. It's a good thing to have people who are goal-oriented and competitive in all phases of their life, including scholastically.
What irritated me was the Sports Illustrated article in 2000 in which all the emphasis was about how running back T.J. Duckett was denied admission because he didn't have certain core requirements. The SI emphasis was ND can't win anymore with that "uppity" attitude.
Oh gee, poor ND. All it had at running back on the roster that year was Julius Jones, Mr. Football in Ohio Tony Fisher, Parade All-Americans Terrance Howard and Tom Lopienski and USA Today first-team All-American Mike McNair (who Tom Lemming said ND never signed the likes of him). The next year they would recruit future pro Ryan Grant. Notre Dame was replete with great talent in the backfield — but all the attention was on the guy who couldn't get admitted.
Are there some great prospects Notre Dame can't touch because he doesn't meet the required core credits or just doesn't seem academically inclined? Yes. But ND is not for everyone. I don't say that in an elitist way ... but rather the same way of saying that a military academy isn't for everybody either. If you don't want a disciplined, regimented lifestyle in college, then don't enroll at a military school.
If you don't want to take your academic work seriously, then you're not going to like it at Notre Dame. That's okay, because ND doesn't think you'll work out here anywhere, and it would just be a waste for both parties. But ND still routinely recruits top-10 level classes. It's what you do with them once they get here that counts.
Personally, sometimes I think climate/location might affect ND's recruiting more than academics.
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