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Prosise Packs On Strength
Paul Longo’s plan works, maybe a little too well in the case of C.J. Prosise.
The 2012 Notre Dame safety signee from Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., started using the Irish strength coach’s plan recently and has already seen a major difference. Prosise has already added 10 pounds of muscle, bulking up to 216 pounds.
“I’ve just been doing Coach Longo’s workout and it’s been working,” said Prosise. “I’ve got a lot bigger.”
Maybe a little too big in the eyes of the Notre Dame coaches, who laid eyes on Prosise when he visited for the Irish’s Blue-Gold Game this past weekend.
“They’re definitely excited,” Prosise said of the Irish coaches. “They’re happy I got a lot bigger. They were telling me to even tone it down a little bit because I’m getting a little big. They were happy, they were just telling me to stay in shape and be ready to come in.”
Prosise plans on taking them up on their advice.
“I’m going to tone it down and try to get down to 210,” he said. “They want me to get my speed up and be in shape when I come in. I want to get down to 210 or 208 in the next couple of weeks here.”
The Virginia safety was also a standout punt returner in high school and will get a shot at making an impact on special teams at Notre Dame.
“They definitely talked about it,” he said. “They’ve been excited about that ever since they started recruiting me. Punt returning came up a lot of times during our conversations out there.”
Aside from his meetings with the coaches, Prosise enjoyed his last visit to South Bend before enrolling.
“I had a good weekend,” he said. “It was really fun. I got to meet a couple guys I hadn’t got to meet before, so it was a good time.
“I got to meet Louis Nix, (Stephon) Tuitt. I got to meet Amir Carlisle, Theo Riddick, Cierre Wood. I met a lot of the guys on the team. It’s definitely good knowing I fit in well with the guys.”
He also enjoyed seeing the spring game.
“The game was good,” he said. “There’s a good quarterback battle and a lot of stuff going on. The defense forced a lot of turnovers. The game was good.”
And it got him looking ahead to June, when he gets to Notre Dame to begin his freshman year.
“I’m definitely fired up to get up there,” he said. “I’m real excited. These next two months are going to take a while, but I can’t wait until it gets here.”
3-point stance: Playoff problem? Says who?
1. College football administrators worry that if they adopt a four-team postseason playoff, fans may have trouble coming up with the time and money to travel to a conference championship game, a bowl semifinal and a championship game. Washington athletic director Scott Woodward is not among the concerned. “Man, I’d love to be in that situation, to travel three times,” Woodward said. “At the end of the day, (only) two teams have to do it. It’s a hell of a problem to have. I’d love to have it.”
2. Maryland coach Randy Edsall, like most coaches, is not happy that recruiting now begins with sophomores. To solve that, Edsall suggested that a scholarship offer may be made only by the university financial aid office. That means a prospect will have to have filled out an application. In other words, he would be a senior. “It’s got to slow down,” Edsall said. “There’s too much pressure. Now the parents get involved and they want to be more recruited than the kid. Are we really helping these guys when they are 15 or 16?”
3. Another year, another UCLA quarterback competition that no one wants to win. As Pac-12 blogger Kevin Gemmell wrote Wednesday, veterans Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut are being pushed by redshirt freshman Brett Hundley. Bruin fans are used to lacking a standout. No UCLA quarterback has thrown for 2,500 yards since Drew Olson did so in 2005. That’s a passing total surpassed by 58 FBS quarterbacks last season alone.
Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd broke all the school records, topping all-time greats like Tim Brown, Rocket Ismail and even recent star Golden Tate. Now he’ll try to parlay that into a high NFL draft pick, but has faced character questions for alcohol-related incidents.
Editor’s Note: Chargers.com has taken a look at one player from each position group with an interesting or compelling story as the NFL Draft approaches. We’ve already profiled Brian Stahovich, DeQuan Menzie, Coby Fleener, Melvin Ingram, Matt Kalil, Luke Kuechly, Trent Richardson, Peter Konz, Fletcher Cox , Robert Griffin III and Brandon Boykin.
SAN DIEGO – Reading Michael Floyd’s stats is boring.
There are no signs of struggle. He’s never lacked in production, going from a two-sport standout and Minnesota’s “Mr. Football” at Cretin-Derham High School in St. Paul, Minn., to the most heralded freshman receiver in the country in 2008.
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