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ND 3-star STARTERS on 2012 roster Reply
I know I'd love ND to get commitments from all the smart 5-star recruits, and of course we need our share, BUT TOS had a number of our projected starters this season as 3-stars. No question many of these guys will be All-American/BCS caliber players and have a good shot in the NFL too. Just some proof to find the RKG that WANTS to play at Notre Dame.
2008--Mike Golic, Kapron-Lewis Moore
2009--Zack Martin, Tyler Eifert, Robby Toma
2010--Prince Shembo, Lo Wood, Bennett Jackson, Tommy Rees, Tate Nichols, Danny Spond
2011--Nick Martin, Josh Atkinson + many nonstarters
2012--Either Chris Brown or Justin Ferguson possible
The Natural Grass was fantastic at the Blue Gold Game Reply
The field was perfect and should be even better in the autumn with the additional drainage basin added. Go Irish.
Irish Offer 2014 Midwestern Standout
Nic Weishar is one of the 2014 prospects that Notre Dame has targeted for some time now and the Irish let him know just how interested they are at this weekend’s Blue-Gold Game.
“They actually offered a scholarship,” said Weishar, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound prospect from Midlothian, Ill.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Martin and he’s the one that offered me a scholarship. He said they like what they see. They’ve been studying me and everything and they feel I’d be a great fit in their program. They’re really excited about me and just want me to keep getting better and go from there.”
The Marist High School star, who also has offers from Northwestern and Illinois, could end up at receiver or tight end, but the Irish aren’t really worried where at this point.
“They said they’re going to see how my body develops,” said Weishar. “They see me more as a Tyler Eifert kind of guy, but if I don’t grow to be that big kind of tight end, they’ll have no problem sticking me at wide receiver.”
Weishar enjoyed his return trip to South Bend this past weekend.
“It was a great experience, as always,” he said. “I love visiting, it’s always just a great time. The coaches are always excited. The whole experience is great and I always feel that way.
“The spring game was a great experience. Even though it was just a spring game, the intensity was still unbelievable. I got to meet some of the other players who are committed who are coming in. It was just a great experience overall.”
He particularly enjoyed the opportunity to hang around with the other prospects.
“They’re great guys,” he said. “You can tell Notre Dame recruits high character guys. It’s great to meet guys like that.”
Weishar was also at Notre Dame a month earlier as one of the few sophomores invited to the Irish’s Junior Day.
“It’s very humbling to be one of those 2014 guys,” he said. “I’m just going to keep working hard. Those are some of the best players in the country, so it’s just humbling to be around them.”
Weishar doesn’t have any idea when he’ll make a decision or any type of leaderboard at this point, saying “I’m just keeping my options open at this point.”
Still, Notre Dame is a school he has high interest in.
“I can definitely see myself at Notre Dame,” said Weishar, who also visited for the Navy game last fall.
“They have great academics, which is one of the key things I’m looking for in a college. They have a great football tradition as well, so I’ll definitely be interested in going there.”
He’s still a bit shocked by the offer and the opportunity it represents.
“It’s pretty unbelievable. It’s very humbling and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Te'o touts influence of Scouts
MISHAWAKA -- Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o met up with a different set of fans than the usual football fanatics he might encounter Wednesday.
But in a way, it was also a group he was quite familiar with.
Speaking to a large crowd at the Windsor Park Conference Center at the Mayors' Luncheon for Scouting, Te'o, an Eagle Scout himself, delivered a humble, humorous, thought-provoking talk while recalling one of his most profound moments in Scouting.
When he was about 10 years old, his family was shopping in Hawaii on a windy day.
Manti noticed an older lady walking across the street with many boxes in her cart. In an instant, a gust of wind came up and blew all the boxes to the ground, he recalled.
Te'o quickly crossed the street and picked them all up, putting them in her car.
When he came back to his parents, he was feeling pretty good about his deed.
"I had a big smile on my face expecting my dad to tell me how proud he was," Manti told the crowd. "But instead, he just simply said, 'That's what being a Scout is all about.'"
Manti said he was stunned. But he added, "My dad was right. That's what Scouting is all about. It's about serving others."
The Boy Scouts of America, LaSalle Council, Algonquian District, honored two for their service Wednesday at the luncheon. St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. was given the prestigious Soaring Eagle Award and 1st Source Bank was honored with the Good Turn Award.
But Te'o was clearly the focal point of the crowd as evidenced by the many autographs he gave and pictures he posed for with Scouts afterward.
His speech, though, kept coming back to the point his father drove home that windy day long ago -- service.
"The most perfect being that ever walked the face of this earth, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, spent his whole life serving," Te'o said during his talk.
"The Eagle Scout is not about the 20-plus merit badges I have on my sash. It is not about the medal that I have pinned on my uniform. It is not about having the title of Eagle Scout on my résumé.
"Being an Eagle Scout is simply about serving others."
Marian High School's Josh Derse, who is in the final stages of becoming an Eagle Scout himself, said having someone like Te'o talk was inspiring.
"When you hear it from someone who's on the local news and even the national news," Derse said. "To know that the Eagle Scout and Scouting itself has touched him when he was so looked up to by younger people, it really inspires you to want that award."
Te'o also stressed family and values in his talk.
When he was a baby, his father worked three jobs just to help pay for his formula, because Manti was allergic to all but the most expensive type.
"And even with those three jobs, they could only afford to eat eggs and rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner," Manti said.
His parents, Brian and Ottilia, stressed three things: 1. Remember who you are; 2. Remember who you represent; 3. Remember where you came from.
His biggest challenge was learning who he was, Te'o said. But through his own experiences in life, he believes there's three things that have made him who he is.
"First and foremost, I am a son of our heavenly Father," he said. "I am a child of God."
Secondly, he's the son of his parents, he said. They not only helped when he was little, but he recalled his father disappearing for a few hours on family trips into town. He learned years later he was attending football coaching clinics so his son could have what he did not -- good coaching in a game they loved.
The third factor, he said, was being an Eagle Scout.
"If you noticed, none of those things that I stated include what I am most known for -- football," he said. "I believe that football is something that I do. It's not who I am."
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