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2014 QB On ND Radar
Notre Dame has already extended one scholarship offer at quarterback in the Class of 2014 and the Irish continue to evaluate other signal-callers who are set to enter their junior years in the fall.
During the May evaluation period, Notre Dame assistant Scott Booker swung by Eagle’s View Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., to get some information on 2014 quarterback D.J. Gillins.
“Coach Booker stopped by because he’d heard about him,” Eagle’s View head coach Ryan Keith said.
“It was real informal. He picked up his highlight video and his transcripts and saw him and saw that he’s actually, 6-3. A lot of times they say 6-3 and they walk in and he’s 6-1.”
Texas Tech offered Gillins a scholarship on Wednesday. He had already picked up offers from North Carolina, Florida International, UMass and Troy. In addition to Notre Dame, Gillins is receiving attention from some of the nation’s biggest programs.
“We’ve had Auburn’s OC here, Georgia’s OC here, South Florida, South Carolina,” Keith said. “We’ve had a lot of offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches through here. They’re talking about him.”
Keith expects to hear back from Booker at some point.
“He said the offensive staff is going to go through their things and start the process and decide if he’s the type of guy they need up there,” Keith said. “I think he’s going to reach back out to us at the appropriate time.”
Keith believes Booker and the rest of the Irish offensive staff will be impressed when they pop in his quarterback’s film.
“They’re going to see a kid who stays in the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield,” the coach said. “He can move in the pocket and, when need be, he can run.
“He stays in the pocket, he can handle bad snaps, he can handle pressure, he can throw with people in his face. He has a lot of pocket presence.”
Gillins was recently clocked at 4.68 in the 40-yard dash, but the Eagle’s View staff has prepared him to make plays as a passer.
“He’s been here since the seventh grade and we constantly coach hitting the checkdowns,” said Keith. “A lot of times when we go through routes on air, we make him throw to the third read so he can get used to moving in the pocket. Doing those things really helped him. We do a lot of stuff with throwing in confined spaces, so he’s used to having people in front of him.
“The other thing is, he’s got a little moxie to him and he can handle it. Some of them, they want to get that thing out.”
Some of Gillins’ progress also came out of necessity.
“His freshman year, he wasn’t that fast,” said Keith. “He might have been a 5.0 guy and down here, that’s not getting you anything. You’ve got d-linemen running way faster than that, so he had to learn.
“He had to learn to throw the ball. He didn’t run a lot. The few times he runs in the highlight videos, those are really the only ones he had all year. We don’t do a lot of designed runs with him. This year we’re going to do a few, but he’s only going to run in games when we need him to.”
Gillins threw for over 2,000 yards in each of his first two years as a starter and had 31 touchdowns against seven interceptions last season. His stats could have been even better, according to his coach.
“There’s times when he puts the ball right in between the numbers and it goes right off their hands,” said Keith. “Not much you can do there. To his credit, he still goes through his progression and if they’re open, he throws it.”
Keith also gave Gillins credit for his work ethic on and off the field.
“He’s on the right track academically and athletically,” said the coach. “The work ethic and all of that stuff is there.”
Gillins benches 250 pounds and put up 185 pounds 15 times at a recent combine. And he knows how to use his physical strengths to his advantage on the field.
“It’s like the Vanderbilt coach told me, ‘You watch kids go through drills at Elite 11 and all of these camps,’” recalled Keith. “‘Then you put in the film like where’s that kid?
“‘But with D.J., you watch him in drills and watch him in the game and that’s how it translates.’”
Keith compared the offense Gillins runs at Eagle’s View to the systems Dana Holgerson put in place at West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
“He has whole-field progressions and half-field progressions,” the coach said. “On his half-field stuff, he has the freedom to go backside slants. He’s done a great job understanding leverage and numbers.”
With a high-tempo, no-huddle attack, Gillins has already thrown about 650 passes in two years as a starter and Keith estimated he’ll throw it about 35-40 times a game as a junior.
Gillins doesn’t really have any favorites at this point, although he did root for Florida State growing up.
“Outside of that, he seems very, very open,” said Keith. “He’s looking for whatever system fits him and an offensive coordinator/quarterback coach who he can work with. He also has to look at the depth chart because there’s only one playing.
“He’s not afraid of going out of state.”
Gillins does plan on graduating and enrolling early wherever he ends up.
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Brian Kelly wants a Jumbotron and field turf.........NOW!
Here's something that longtime Notre Dame fans who appreciate the storied tradition of the school's football program and Notre Dame Stadium aren't going to like very much. Head coach Brian Kelly got to talking about the atmosphere in South Bend with fans waving towels in the air that made the place seem more like a modern football stadium than the library it's felt like at times.
"We want a big Jumbotron," Kelly told the Chicago Tribune. "We think that's going to add to the atmosphere." As for the field turf, it's something Kelly has brought up before, and he hasn't changed his mind.
Coach Kelly has been campaigning for a new field turf at Notre Dame Stadium. Well, here's the perfect answer. It's called Desso GrassMaster and this surface combines "tradition with technology."
"Frankly, I can't believe the University of Notre Dame has yet to have this installed." Green Bay Packer fans, Philadelphia Eagle fans, Denver Bronco fans -- have all been watching their teams play on this surface for the past few years.
In fact, the Denver Broncos field was named the "BEST PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FIELD IN AMERICA."
So.........what seems to be the problem? Kelly has no influence? Who's against Coach Kelly on these two very important items? What seems to be the problem? It can't be money. Just what is it that's holding Notre Dame back?
Notre Dame to ACC?
Had lunch with a former Professor who is now a full professor at ND and on the Athletics council. Said that the Irish would be making a move for full conference affiliation in the next 6 to 9 months. Told me that if Swofford doesn't screw it up, ND prefers ACC for Academics, geographic fit, possible football dominance, men's and women's basketball, and baseball. Sure hope Swofford gets credible help with this, since this could move us as a Conference back into a major player in all aformentioned sports.
Whatever it takes to prevent UConn and Rutgers from being the two that get us to 16. I really liked the ND, Navy, Georgetown idea the other day, but I realize that's a dream. I would like Notre Dame much better than our other options.
Syracuse, Connecticut, and Rutgers in one conference would be too much yankee to handle. Heck, Syracuse by itself is too much yankee to handle.
New Issue-University of Notre Dame sells $100 mln notes
May 31 (Reuters) - The University of Notre Dame du Lac
on Thursday sold $100 million of taxable fixed-rate
bonds, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service.
JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs were the joint bookrunning
managers for the sale.
BORROWER: NOTRE DAME
AMT $100 MLN COUPON 3.72 PCT MATURITY 03/01/2043
TYPE BONDS ISS PRICE 100 FIRST PAY 09/01/2012
MOODY'S Aaa YIELD 3.72 PCT SETTLEMENT 06/07/2012
S&P N/A SPREAD 105 BPS PAY FREQ SEMI-ANNUAL
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