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Haven't we told Matuska he's being recruited for DL?
Looks like some legit UM guys TomVH, who's probably the best in the business covering UM recruiting, said that Pocic called UM Coach Franks and asked if they still had a spot for him. This is not good news, if true. Anyone know when Pocic is suppose to get back to campus?
I don't know how we can recruit him just as a DL when he's a top TE, we need a TE, and Breneman's going to PSU. To me, he has to be a TE for ND.. Idk, the staff knows our positioning with recruits much better than myself, but it seems only logical.
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Bivin is not visiting because of his HS basketball, but I still feel good about him.
Matuska hopefully is Irish before long at whatever position he's being recruited at..
Any other guys y'all feel could commit before long?
Update on this situation. UM is now saying they are done taking OL. They wanted 5 and aren't taking anymore. Looks like tOSU, Wisconsin, and ND will battle this one out for Pocic.
Thank you Star. That's great news for the Irish. I think our OL spots could fill quickly as well. Elmer, hopefully Bivin soon, with guys like Porter, Pocic, McGlinchey, Cochran, and McGovern all very high on ND.
Don't forget Dorian Johnson either. He is Scott Booker's first cousin and would imagine he is highly interested. Wonder if we are taking 5 OL now
That sucks really liked Ford, not surprised though.
Yes it does.. He was a long shot, but as Star said, I really liked the kid. Ty Isaac can make it all better though!
NR/#36 OT Dorian Johnson -- OT -- 6'6"/270 -- Belle Vernon, PA -- Offered
-Dorian is an athlete of a lineman. He has a number of offers right now, but we seem to have a bit of an advantage if for no other reason than Coach Booker is his first cousin. While there are other OL I would prefer currently, Dorian is a talent and could make a nice addition to our class. He is on the up.
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Note on Johnson. He was leaning to WVU, Pitt, and PSU before ND and BAMA offer. We'll see how big of impact Booker has here.
Without having any type of knowledge into the situation, I would assume Alabama and ND would just to the forefront of that group. Hopefully he has a good, close relationship with Coach because Alabama never makes it easy on anyone.
In other news, it seems we will have the same battle on our hands with CB Mackensie Alexander; despite being committed to Tennessee, it seems both Alabama and ND lead over them for his signature.
"I'm No. 1 on (Alabama's) board," Alexander said. "That tells you everything. It tells you a lot when you can talk to Nick Saban and he's got you No. 1 on the board. He picked me out specifically and said, 'This is the guy we want. We're gonna go after him and we want him.' It makes it that much better to know he's sending guys to the league."
He also said, "Academics are gonna be important for me. I'm trying to go to the best place that's gonna fit me right as far as football and academically. Getting a degree at Notre Dame is overachieving for me. It's great."
Despite the fact that Junior Day #1 is over and we did not receive any more commitments, we have to feel good about the impressions we made on Smith, Isaac, Matuska, and Keeon Johnson. They all seem like they had a blast and could be potential commitments sooner rather than later. With Junior Day #2 fast approaching, I can't help but feel we are closing in on a wave of commitments.
Hopefully in that wave we are able to land the likes of Smith, Matuska, Johnson, Bivin, and a running back (whether it's Isaac or Eze Elliott). That would form a super-solid Core 6 that can go out and recruit others and that are highly rated enough that they can make sure impressions are made at all of the All-Star Games that will happen post-season. Of course that's a ways out, but we are talking class of 2013 so I guess it's never too early.
What shape are we in with Anzalone and Chans Cox? Those are to LBs I really want.
I strongly disagree with your comments regarding us and Alexander. No way are we a leader at this time. Stanford gained a commit from 4* QB Ryan Burns who also happens to be Doug Randolphs teammate. I'd say the chances of flipping Doug just became that much harder.
This my blatant attempt at pandering to NDG who now holds the responsibility of choosing next weeks POTW. I agree with every one of your points and in addition, I feel we should sign every 5 and 4 star prospect on our wishlist who are not already committed elsewhere, and even some who are. Well, I think that about covers it.
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I guess I am getting a little disouraged when we have junior day and no one committs...when we see kids we offered commiting every day somewhere else after junior day.... junior days are the kids we are targeting most and we just end up with nice remarks....and don't say we are a year away..the other schools are a year away also...these are the kids we supposdly have been told we were recruiting a year ago to get off to a good start..well there is no start...key will be the blue gold game in my opinion...less than 6 recruits after that game and it is going to be long haul..
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Better be prepared for a long haul..
I agree that flipping Randolph just became harder. However, I don't know how you disagree with my comments on Alexander; he has made it blatantly clear that despite his commitment to UT, he will not end up there. Alabama's ability to put DB's in the NFL stands out to him just like our education does.
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There is no reason to be discouraged; it was only our first Junior Day and it was the small one. There is plenty of time to secure commitments from very talented prospects and we will do exactly that. While 6 commitments seems close to what I am expecting to have after the B&G Game, I can assure you that won't mean we are headed to the #1 class or the #50 class just based off our number of commitments at that point. Our staff has shown tenacity and perserverance and I whole heartedly believe we are going to put together a monster class. If we can land the likes of Jaylon Smith, Hunter Bivin, Jacob Matuska, and maybe Ty Isaac by the end of March, we are off to the races. If we don't, we are still doing just fine.. We are making better progress with better players than I remember us doing last March, and we still pulled some serious talent. Head up homeboy.
That was a sad, sad attempt. Haha. Still though, +1.
#46 -- Michael Hutchings -- OLB -- 6'2"/220 -- Concord, CA -- Offered
-Very talented OLB. He would be the perfect compliment to Jaylon Smith for us. He has recently said that he is very impressed with ND and what they have to offer. While I do not think we are the current 'favorite', we are right there in the running and I believe with visit and a good relationship with the staff and some of our current players he could be Irish.
4-star QB prospect Cody Thomas seems to have some interest in the Irish based on his comments about his offer, "Getting the offer was a big deal," Thomas told BlueandGold.com after first reporting to 247Sports national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton that he had one in hand just 10 minutes prior. "Notre Dame is legendary in college football."
He is currently a top-100 prospect, but I am hesitant to put him on the list as of now partly because I don't know much about him yet and partly because he's very similiar to QB prospect Bubba Starling from last year; he is a talented player who also happens to be a top baseball prospect and I'm afraid that signing bonus will win out. More to come..
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