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Diaco Drops In On Brooklyn Star
Despite reports to the contrary, Notre Dame didn’t offer Curtis Samuel a scholarship last week.
“They didn’t offer anybody,” Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.) head coach Danny Landberg said. “They didn’t offer him, they just wanted to come see him.”
And Irish assistant coach Bob Diaco did stop by the school to see the 2014 athlete.
“They just wanted to find out about his talent,” Landberg said. “He just wanted to see what was going on. He’s doing his due diligence.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound Samuel already has offers from Connecticut, Rutgers and Syracuse with interest from several others. Landberg can’t say enough about his star back.
“He’s the best athlete I’ve ever had in my life,” the coach said plainly. “He’s got the greatest gears in terms of 0 to 60 of anybody I’ve ever had. He ran a 4.4 as a freshman.
“He’s not even 17 yet. He’ll be 17 in the summer.”
Samuel is also positive away from the field.
“He’s a great kid,” said Landberg. “He doesn’t have any tattoos, he doesn’t curse, he doesn’t go out. He’s a homebody type of kid. He’s been a football player since he was seven years old. He’s a good student. There’s nothing but positives there.
“It is rare. The kid we had before that, Wayne Morgan, who plays at Syracuse right now is one of those kids as well, but this one just happens to be a little bit more skilled.”
Samuel could probably play running back or receiver at the next level. He rushed for over 1,000 and 13 touchdowns on 91 carries as a junior. He had another 187 receiving yards and caught three touchdowns while also bringing back a pair of punts for scores.
Notre Dame may not have offered, but the Irish are definitely interested.
“Diaco showed up and showed his love so to speak,” Landberg said. “You have to take Notre Dame serious when they come by and I think he understands.”
Samuel doesn’t have a timetable for a decision and is looking to get out to visit more schools in the coming months.
“We’ve been to the locals, UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers, those guys. We’re probably going to get to a couple majors sometime this summer.”
Irish And Orange Ready To Tangle
How quickly things change in the Big East. Just a couple weeks ago Syracuse and Louisville seemed nearly untouchable atop the conference basketball standings, while Notre Dame was mired in a slump that saw them lose three of four games in mid-January. Things are a bit different now as the Fighting Irish get set to play the Orangemen in Syracuse on Monday night.
Syracuse (18-3, 6-2 Big East) won its first six Big East Conference games this season, before stumbling twice on the road this week. Included in that 6-0 start to league play was a 70-68 buzzer-beating win over then consensus number one Louisville back on Jan. 19. That did not help the Orangemen last week though in respective 72-61 and 65-55 losses at Villanova and Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame (18-4, 6-3) has rattled-off three consecutive victories since that 1-3 slump that included losses to Connecticut, St. John's and Georgetown. Louisville has also fallen on hard times, with losses to Georgetown and Villanova that followed the close defeat to Syracuse. Louisville ended the three-game losing streak that began after vaulting to No. 1 in the national polls and has a Sunday matchup set with surprise Big East front-runner Marquette (15-4, 6-1).
The topsy turvy recent chain of events has Syracuse in second place behind Marquette. Notre Dame is currently tied for third place in the Big East standings along with Cincinnati and Georgetown, with Louisville in the middle of the conference pack in sixth place - just ahead of Pittsburgh and St. John's.
Syracuse is without the services of freshman DaJuan Coleman heading into Monday's game. Coleman started the first 20 games of the season, but was out of the lineup for the first time in Saturday's loss to the Panthers after undergoing knee surgery late in the week. Germani Grant, the younger brother of Notre Dame junior Jerian Grant, made his first start of the season on Saturday in Coleman's absence.
The rest of the Syracuse starting five has remained constant all season. Guards Brandon Triche (14.9 points, 31 three-pointers) and Michael Carter-Williams (12.6 points, 8.6 assists) and forwards C.J. Fair (13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds) and Rakeem Christmas (6.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 43 blocks) have all started all 21 games in 2012-2013 for the Orangemen.
Syracuse was outrebounded 39-24 by the Panthers. Pitt held just a slight 32-26 advantage in scoring in the paint, but the biggest difference in the 10-point Orangemen loss was Pittsburgh's 31-3 scoring advantage off the bench. Pittsburgh's Tray Woodall was the only Panther in double-figure scoring, but five reserves scored 8, 7, 6, 6, and 4 points each.
Notre Dame got solid bench production in Saturday's 79-71 overtime win at DePaul. The Irish bench outscored the Blue Demons' 13-9, but all 13 of those points came in the game's first 20 minutes and they came from just two players - Cameron Biedscheid (7) and Zach Auguste (6).
Jack Cooley had another monster game for the Irish with 26 points and 16 rebounds. The big game came on the heels of a 17-point, 16-rebound performance in Wednesday's win over Villanova.
The Fighting Irish have gone 3-0 since senior Tom Knight joined the starting lineup with last weekend's win at South Florida. Knight was held out of double figures for the first time as a starter versus DePaul, but he still managed a solid six points and seven boards in the victory.
Cooley (15.0 points, 11.3 rebounds), Eric Atkins (11.8 points, 6.2 assists) and Pat Connaughton (9.0 points, 34 three-pointers) have started all 22 games this season, while Jerian Grant (12.6 points, 5.6 assists) has started all but one game.
Monday night's game tips-off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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National Signing Day is at hand, and the Alabama Crimson Tide are set to sign one of, if not the nation
COLUMBUS, Ohio After battling to a 2-2 tie Saturday night, the Notre Dame hockey team picked up an extra point in the league standings by defeating Ohio State, 1-0, in the shootout.
Notre Dame football recruiting: Smith, Bivin earn Parade honors
South Bend Tribune Report
3:19 p.m. EST, February 3, 2013
Two players who are expected to sign with Notre Dame on Wednesday have been named to the Parade All-America Football Team.
Linebacker Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers is one of 26 players named to the first team while offensive lineman Hunter Bivin of Apollo High in Owensboro, Ky., is one of 31 players who earned honorable mention.
SOUTH BEND -- Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson announced today that junior defenseman Jared Beers has been suspended from the team indefinitely because of an off-campus incident that allegedly occurred late Sunday.
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