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Friday June 15 Coffee

  • Notre Dame receiver DaVaris Daniels due back in court Aug. 9

    Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels might have dodged a bullet when he appeared in court Thursday after being among 29 people cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor after police responded to an ambulance call May 13 in Vernon Hills, according to police reports.

    Daniels, who saw action with the Irish’s first team during spring practice, had his case continued to Aug. 9 after agreeing to deferred prosecution. Between now and then, Daniels is expected to complete 25 hours of community service and a four-hour alcohol course.

    Upon completion of those requirements, the prosecution is expected to reduce the citation to disorderly conduct.

    Daniels, who played high school ball in Vernon Hills, had no comment about the situation.

    It is the third alcohol-related incident for the Irish since the end of spring practice. Incumbent starting quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested May 3 on alcohol-related offenses in South Bend, Ind.

  • Notre Dame breaking ground on environmental center

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The University of Notre Dame is breaking ground on a $1 million environmental research center at a northern Indiana park.

    The university is leasing 28 acres at St. Patrick's Park in St. Joseph County for a field-based environmental research facility. It will allow Notre Dame scientists, student researchers, visiting scholars and other academic institutions to study the interrelationships of land, water and wetland ecologies in the face of environmental change.

    Notre Dame plans to provide an on-site program manager who will help local educators develop curricula for schools.

    The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility will use sensor technology to monitor experiments in real time, allowing students and community members to monitor conditions through the Internet.

    The groundbreaking was set for Friday.

  • Preview: Mob Reunion

    It’ll take a significant change of plans on somebody’s part for Notre Dame to pick up a new commitment during this week’s recruiting event, but the next couple of days could end up paying dividends for the Irish on National Signing Day and in the years to come.

    Several 2013 verbal commitments and a pair of highly-touted uncommitted defensive prospects will be on campus and at least one visit will extend through the weekend.

    2013 cornerback MacKensie Alexander was the last prospect to make his visit plans known. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from Immokalee High School (Immokalee, Fla.) is considered an elite cornerback and arrived in South Bend on Wednesday and will be at Notre Dame until Monday.

    Alexander has an impressive list of scholarship offers and Nick Saban and Will Muschamp both told his coach they believe he’s the best corner in the entire country. With a pair of cornerbacks already verbally committed in the Class of 2013, the Irish are looking to add one, possibly two more and getting Alexander on campus is a great sign.

    “Mackensie doesn't go on trips,” Immokalee head coach Jerrod Ackley told Irish Sports Daily. “It's pretty significant that he's decided to come up to Notre Dame because everyone has been trying to get him to come and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. This is one that he's decided to go on, so I would say that they are on his short list.”

    Alexander hasn’t announced a definitive timeframe for a decision, but he does plan on taking at least a few more visits before deciding, so a commitment to Notre Dame this week is unlikely.

  • Daly Excited For Future
    Scott Daly committed to Notre Dame over a year ago, and just like Jaylon Smith this year, Daly was trying to help lure prospects to South Bend in the 2012 class.

    The 6-foot-3, 235-pound long snapper was a regular on campus last season and now he's ready to make Notre Dame his permanent home.

    "The time has come for me to start college and it almost feels like I need to pinch myself," he said. "I've been working towards this day for a long time, so I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I can't wait to see what college life is like."

    Daly is excited to see the Irish coaching staff's recruiting efforts continue to pay off and he's excited about the future of the program.

    "We didn't have a big quantity of players in my class, but the quality is tremendous," he described. "Now this year's class is also starting to shape up pretty well, so Coach (Brian) Kelly should have the players he needs to fit his system. Coach Kelly is an amazing coach and he knows what it takes to win at the highest level; I'm expecting to win a national championship during my four years."

    The Illinois native has been on campus enough that he doesn't envision a tough transition from high school to college.

    "I'm pretty familiar with campus, but I'm sure there will still be some adjustments I need to get used to," said Daly. "I grew up not too far from South Bend so my family and friends will still be pretty close. I know that in college I'll need to make sure that my time management is better because you don't get nearly as much downtime as you did in high school."

    Like all of the other 2012 signees, Daly has been following the workout program handed out by strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo.

    "The program that Coach Longo has us on right now is to make sure that we report to camp in shape," he explained. "I don't think we'll start the full workout regimen until we are on campus. I know that it's a great program and it will help us be prepared to hold up throughout the long season."

    Daly has remained in contact with the coaching staff and they have continued to deliver the same message.

    "They want me ready to compete for the starting long snapper job," he shared. "I know that if I work hard and keep pushing myself that I can have the opportunity to start against Navy. I know that nothing will be handed to me, so I need to keep working my butt off."

  • National Outlook
    here have been plenty of commitments so far this month and no place has been busier than Alpharetta, Ga. The northern suburb of Atlanta is home to two high schools with multiple Division 1 prospects and during the past week four players from the city committed to BCS programs.

    Three of the commitments attend Milton High School. The one prospect from Alpharetta High School to make a decision was defensive end Naim Mustafaa, who chose Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder had 50 tackles and eight sacks in 2011. Mustafaa’s father was a star at Georgia Tech and went on the play in the NFL with Cleveland and Minnesota. Naim picked the Bulldogs over Georgia Tech and he also considered Nebraska, Auburn, and Florida State.

    The three Milton High School recruits will leave the state for college. 6-foot-3, 299-pound offensive guard Cory Helms and 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive guard Josh Harris both committed to Wake Forest. Helms could also slide over to center if needed while Harris could go the other way and play tackle. Helms had a little more extensive offer list, but they both considered South Florida and Middle Tennessee.

    Helms also looked at Cincinnati and that is where their linemate Eason Fromayan will go next year. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound three-star prospect is a tackle at Milton and will be a tackle in college. Fromayan also considered Wake along with South Florida, Syracuse, TCU, and East Carolina.

    USC continues to pile up superstar upon superstar. The last two All Americans to select the Trojans are safety Su’a Cravens and wide receiver Steven Mitchell. Cravens is one of the top recruits in America, as evidenced by his No. 14 overall ranking on ESPN. The service also has the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Murrietta, Calif. product as the nation’s No. 1 safety. He picked USC over Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and UCLA.

    Mitchell is the nation’s No. 142 overall prospect and the No. 17 receiver according to ESPN. He is not big at 5-foot-11, 176-pounds and is not blazing fast. But he is quick, is a precise route runner, and has very good hands. The Mission Hills, Calif. prospect also considered Washington, UCLA, California, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame.

    In his article on USC recruiting, Mike Frank pointed out how highly ranked the USC commitments are, but it is worth repeating. Of their nine commitments, all of them are in the ESPN Top 300 with Justin Davis at No. 177 being the lowest ranked prospect. Seven of the nine are in the Top 150, six of the nine are in the top 87, and Cravens, at No. 14, is the third highest rated player on their list.

    While UCLA is not quite in their neighbor’s recruiting league at the moment, the Bruins did accept the commitment of outside linebacker Cameron Judge of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Judge had 113 tackles and eight sacks as a junior. His other offers included Nebraska, Utah, Washington State, Texas A&M, Boise State, and both major Arizona schools.

    Alabama added a second quarterback to their 2013 class when they accepted the commitment of Mareitta, Ga. three-star signal caller Parker McLeod. The Tide had secured the commitment of four-star quarterback Cooper Bateman less than a month ago. McLeod received an offer from Alabama after performing at the Tide’s camp in early June and the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder accepted on the spot. He had offers from Oklahoma State, Boston College, Maryland, Louisville, and Syracuse.

    The Tide also strengthened their already impressive defense with the commitment of cornerback Maurice Smith of Sugar Land, Texas. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Smith is ranked as the No. 10 cornerback and No. 86 prospect regardless of position by ESPN. He selected Alabama over Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, and Ohio State.

    Alabama also took in 6-foot-6, 308-pound junior college offensive tackle Leon Brown. Brown is originally from Riverdale, Md. but he currently attends ASA Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Boston College landed a quarterback that had visited Notre Dame. Tim Boyle of Middletown, Conn. visited Notre Dame for its Junior Day back in March. With the commitment of Malik Zaire at the end of March, the Irish did not need another signal caller and an offer was not extended to Boyle. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder did have some impressive scholarship options, though, including Florida, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Connecticut.