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Holtz Helps Mark 75 Years of Boys State
ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — Hoosier Boys Staters marking the event’s 75th anniversary have received visit from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz.
Holtz told the more than 500 high school juniors attending the program at Trine University in Angola that leaders must have a vision. During the talk Wednesday, Holtz also encouraged the boys to make good choices and to show people that they care. But he also says adversity is the biggest motivator, and overcoming obstacles is the key to success.
During the weeklong program, attendees learn about politics and government. The American Legion brought Boys State to Indiana in 1937.
Holtz coached Notre Dame for 10 seasons, amassing a record of 100-30-2. He led the Fighting Irish to a national championship in 1988.
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We Have Our Plus One Playoff!!!
Let's call it what it is. One game has been added to the season after the "Final 4" bowl games.
Finally, a fair system that both preserves the integrity of the regular season and provides every school with a genuine opportunity to win the NC. Never again will an undefeated USC or Auburn or even TCU not have a chance to play for the NC. When the season starts for the first time in college football history all BCS conference teams and the mid-majors that play a real schedule will have their destiny in their hands.
yes: the most corrupt sport not named the Olympics now has a 'fair', ? ,system to determine
Well, at least there will be fairness in terms of which teams get to play for the NC.
I have always argued that schools should be able to pay players. Let's just admit the truth already instead of trying to enforce unenforceable rules. That way no one will be cheating.
Who honestly is left to commit before the season I usually don't put any stock in it until about the 6th game of the season just because recruits usually won't stay I'd you look like crap. But with the recent adds this one might hold up a bit better.
Ogundeko is late july -- ND UF Cuse
Muhammad the recently offered RB could be soon. If so, he would be relatively soon since hes going to spain for track and says he wants to focus on the season. So either pre spain or or post fall. If youre worried about spots, it wouldnt be a good idea to wait another 6 months.
Anzalone might possibly commit soon to either UF or ND
Muhammad has just become #1 because:
a) he is what ND needs in a back
b) it would conjure nightmares of AD if he went to USC
after that: DB/WR's are the focus and the mystery.
the OLB,DL candidates are all identified but DB/WR = Achilles Heel in ND recruiting.
We don't know the names because the plan is like 'a moving pocket'.
I thought Marcus Ball was going to commit soon, but it appears that he's caught fire and teams have unloaded offers on him.
he is sched to look at Wisc soon; he is one of those rolling the dice maybe one time to many for a ND spot.
eres: sc is not recruiting any more running backs this year.
From @DrB365: can Notre Dame make it into BCS Final Four in two years? #GunnerKiel
Let's see if the Irish can get back to being a Top 25 team first. Notre Dame finished unranked in each of Brian Kelly's first two seasons in South Bend, meaning you have to go all the way back to 2006 to find a season where ND was a Top-25 team. And, it'd be a pretty big surprise if the Irish cracked the top 15 this year.
To go from being a borderline top 25 team to a Final Four team is quite a leap. Are the young pieces emerging to think that the Irish can make a huge jump in 2014? It's way too soon to tell. Right now, no QB is established. Maybe one will show something this fall. My guess is redshirt freshman Everett Golson is that guy. Could Kiel be that guy? No one knows. They need to find a real spark though. Winning begets winning. It has to start somewhere.
Looking at the Irish depth chart right now, it's loaded with seniors and juniors. Stephon Tuitt and Ishaq Williams might be part of that team, and they could be dominant defensive players but who knows how they'll develop. George Atkinson III is another young guy to watch. Along with Golson, they're definite reasons for optimism. If things go really well for Tuitt and Williams, they may bolt for the NFL. That's the double-edged sword with elite talent. But when you're looking at teams that are the caliber of national title contenders, they are the programs that often lose three-and-out kinds of athletes and have similar studs waiting in the pipeline. LSU and Alabama lose those kinds of players and just re-load. That's what ND has to get back to. There needs to be a stockpile of difference-makers in the program. The nucleus of that 2014 team is going to be freshmen and sophomores this fall. There's too much projection work to sort out.
I think it's risky to read too much into recruiting rankings because we've seen so many examples of overhyped four and five-star prospects, especially there. Look at the ND's 2008 signing class. All but four of the 23 signees were ranked by Rivals as four-star prospects or better. Michael Floyd turned out to be an outstanding player, a difference-maker. Most of the other guys did not. Many of them were contributors and solid players, but didn't (or have yet to) prove they are the kinds of players who can be difference-makers for an elite program, not just "a pretty good" team. In essence, a bigger percentage of those four and five-star guys need to emerge as players who are among the best in the country at their positions.
Much like the case with FSU and Miami, the on-field results simply haven't backed up the hype, and when a pattern of that keeps occurring, it's hard to get the benefit of the doubt.
Ferns Ready For ND Visit
Michael Ferns has visited Notre Dame before, but he doesn’t remember much from that home game against Air Force years ago.
On Friday, the 2014 Ohio linebacker will get the chance to return to South Bend.
“I’m heading up this weekend with my dad,” the 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Notre Dame was one of the first major programs to offer the St. Clairsville High School (St. Clairsville, Ohio) star, but he’s quickly put together an impressive offer sheet that now also includes Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Wisconsin and several others.
Ferns will arrive at Notre Dame on Friday and stay on campus with his family until Sunday. He’s excited about getting back to South Bend.
“I’ll be looking at not only football, but the academic side of everything and getting a feel for the staff and just going from there,” said Ferns.
“Obviously everyone knows the tradition of Notre Dame. They have a strong sense of pride in what they do and it's exciting to have the opportunity to go visit there.”
Ferns has already made stops at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan this month.
“Michigan was real exciting,” he said. “It was my first time in Ann Arbor. It was really good to see. The football side and the academic side are just great.”
Ferns was also excited to make the trip to see the in-state Buckeyes and getting out to Happy Valley.
“These last three visits have been the same, going up and seeing football and academic,” he said. “It’s been the same for all three.”
Ferns plans on studying pre-med in college and feels like he’s up to the challenge of handling the rigors of college football and such a demanding major.
“Obviously it will be hard, but I believe I will be able to pull off,” he said.
When selecting a school, Ferns is going to be looking down the road at his future.
“I know football eventually is going to end for me, it just happens to everyone,” he said. “I’m looking to have not only a great, successful football career, but also to have opportunities after that. I want to be able to have great, solid Plan B. Pulling med school off, I think I'll be really set for a Plan B.
“I'm looking for the best of both worlds.”
QBs Camping With Purpose
Chance Stewart knows how rewarding summer camps can be.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound quarterback from Sturgis High School (Sturgis, Mich.) camped at Wisconsin last week and left with an offer from the Badgers.
“It was exciting to get my first Big Ten offer,” Stewart said. “I think it's a turning point.
“I've been busting my butt all winter and to land that first big-time offer, you feel a little relieved that somebody sees the hard work you’ve put in and likes what they see. It lets you know that you're doing something right.”
Stewart also holds an offer from West Michigan and will be looking at adding another when he camps at Notre Dame on Friday.
“They contacted my coach a couple weeks ago just to inquire about me and a couple days later they stopped in at school,” Stewart said of the Irish. “I talked to one of the coaches later and he said they'd really like to get me up to camp on the 22nd. I looked at my schedule and I can make it work, so I want to get up there and check out everything and throw the ball around a little bit.
“I'm excited, it should be fun. Notre Dame has a rich tradition. It would be a cool place to be. I've never actually seen any the football facilities even though I live 45 minutes away, so I’m kind of excited to go check out everything.”
Stewart doesn’t feel any pressure in his first chance to perform in front of the Notre Dame staff.
“I just have to go do my thing and throw the ball,” he said. “That's what I'm capable of doing, so I'll just go do that and let the rest take care of itself.”
Stewart is a pro-style quarterback, who makes it a point to be a leader for his team.
“I'm very vocal,” he said. “I feel like the quarterback position is a leading position and you need to be very vocal and lead by example. When things are going crazy out there, you're kind of the guy that they put the whole game on. You have to be a really strong leader and take crazy situations and make the best out of them for your team.”
It’s still a little early, but Stewart already has an idea of what he’s looking for in a program.
“I just really want to find a quarterback coach and a head coach that I'm going to get along with and that we’re on the same page in the ways that he thinks I can be successful and the ways that he thinks I can help the team be successful,” he said.
“Really, it just comes down to the feeling between the players, the coaches, the facilities and just seeing if that's somewhere I think I could benefit playing and I could help them win championships there.”
ARIZONA QB MAKING MIDWEST STOPS: Luke Rubenzer played with a highly-recruited prospect last season in D.J. Foster, an athlete with an offer from Notre Dame who ended up signing with Arizona State.
“He didn’t really give me too much advice on recruiting process, but during games and stuff he would tell me to keep being a leader,” Rubenzer said of Foster. “Also, to make sure I stay relaxed playing in front of college coaches and staying within myself.”
While Foster was referring to Friday night high school games for Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Rubenzer will use that same advice later this week when he makes a couple of camp stops in the Midwest.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound quarterback in the Class of 2014 will camp at Northwestern on Thursday before heading to Notre Dame’s one-day camp on Friday.
“I'm just going to go out there and do the best I can and perform to the best of my abilities,” Rubenzer said. “I'm just going to do whatever I can do to get a good look.”
Notre Dame assistant Bob Elliott made a stop at Saguaro during the spring evaluation period and Rubenzer is excited about his trip to South Bend.
“I can't wait,” he said. “I'm excited to just see the campus. I’ve heard the campus is amazing, so I'm really excited to get up there to look at the campus a little bit and also to meet the coaches. It should be fun.”
Rubenzer, who is still searching for his first offer, is looking forward to showing the Irish staff what he can do.
“I think I'm very accurate in my passing ability and something they may not know is that I can run also,” said Rubenzer, who has been clocked at 4.57 in the 40-yard dash.
“I'd like to show them that I am a dual-threat, not just a pocket passer.”
Rubenzer camped at Nebraska earlier this month and is also considering trips to UCLA, Arizona State and TCU later this summer.
MAHALAK MAKING RETURN: 2014 California quarterback Morgan Mahalak has made multiple trips to Notre Dame’s campus with a number of relatives who are Notre Dame alumni, but when he arrives for next week’s positional camp, it’ll be his first time on campus working out for Irish coaches.
“I'm pumped, I can't wait,” said the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from Marin Catholic (Kentfield, Calif.), who will perform at Notre Dame’s camp for three days beginning Monday.
“I've been there a couple times before, but I'm looking forward to the opportunity for them to see me as a recruit. When I grew up and when I was younger, I never knew that this would quite happen and now that it is, it's pretty cool to see. I'm just excited for them to see me and to get back there. It’s going to awesome, I'm just pumped.”
Mahalak is still looking for his first offer and wants to show the Irish coaches that he’s as good as the other signal-callers in his class.
“There's a little bit of pressure, but I think you just have to go out there and try to focus on what's important,” he said. “Personally, whenever I try to do too much, I never really do well. I think I’m going to go out there and be relaxed and I think everything should work out.”
Mahalak camped at Oregon earlier this week and also made a stop at Oregon State. He expects to make stops at Colorado and Miami later this summer.
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