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2014 Ohio OL In For Spring Game
The state of Ohio is crucial to Notre Dame's recruiting efforts. Brian Kelly and his staff have made a huge effort toward recruiting in the Buckeye State.
While there is no doubt that pulling top prospects out of Ohio is going to be increasingly difficult with Urban Meyer at the helm for Ohio State; Kelly and Co. are trying to get on Ohio's elite prospects early.
The Irish are set to host several of Ohio's best sophomore prospects for the annual Blue-Gold Game.
Jarrett LaRubbio of Lakota East High School in Liberty Township (Ohio) is one of the talented 2014 prospects visiting this weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle has been hearing from the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Penn State among others.
The Thunderhawks standout has recently been in contact with Irish assistant Mike Elston about getting to South Bend for a visit.
"Coach Elston was just telling me that they really want to get me up there for a visit and we got it set for the spring game," he said. "He said the coaches loved my film and they're definitely going to be recruiting me. We can't talk very much because of the rules, but we are starting to build that necessary relationship. I really want to meet with some of the offensive coaches this weekend and just get to know them a little bit."
As soon as LaRubbio found out that the coaching staff wanted him to visit, he made it a priority to schedule a trip as quick as possible.
"I knew that spring practice was about over, so I got all the details mapped out pretty quick," he explained. "It worked out perfectly because I couldn't think of a better day to visit. It's the closest you'll get to a gameday atmosphere until next fall."
Notre Dame is a program that the Ohio native has always kept his eye on, so this visit means a lot to him.
"I've always really liked Notre Dame because they're one of the best teams in the history of college football," he shared. "They're one of the teams I rooted for as I was growing up. I like everything the school stands for spiritually, academically and the football program is always on television.
"If you get a degree from Notre Dame, you'll be set to get one of the best jobs in your field. I'm looking for a school like Notre Dame that has a tremendous blend of academics and athletics."
With LaRubbio only being a sophomore, he's unsure of how he wants his recruitment to unfold.
"It's so early I'm not even thinking about all that stuff," he stated. "I just want to keep working hard and I'll let everything unfold as I go."
But we did say “quarterback scramble,” right? Because that makes the answer pretty clear, and it’s the guy we haven’t mentioned yet: Andrew Hendrix.
A pitfall in Notre Dame's path
It's not as if you are required to be a Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan to understand the recurring conversation in recent years about the team. The discussion has intermittently drifted through workplaces and sports bars across America. At its heart, this is the crux: When will Notre Dame be "back"? When will the Dome's luster return to shimmering gold, in a way that both irritates and fuels the college football landscape?
That's a complicated question, especially for the 2012 Irish. What do you expect for any season that begins in Europe?
Seriously, though, Notre Dame and Brian Kelly might very well be putting together a team capable of being "back," but you would never know it because the Irish's schedule this fall is so ridiculous. That's not atypical for ND, but this '12 setup is a bit on the extreme end of things.
A Twitter message apparently sent from Lynch
Sources: Ex-Notre Dame DE Lynch wants USF
04/20 9:12 AM
Former Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch, who left the team earlier this month, requested to be released only to South Florida, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Friday. SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch, who left the team earlier this month, requested to be released only to South Florida, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com Friday.
Lynch, a sophomore from Cape Coral, Fla., is still enrolled in classes at Notre Dame but intends to transfer to South Florida this summer, sources said.
Lynch, 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, was considered one of Notre Dame's most promising young players. He was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America after totaling 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011.
Lynch is transferring to South Florida to be closer to his girlfriend, who attends school in Tampa, according to sources.
"You never want to lose a great player," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "But if it's not the right fit, you want to find them the right fit."
Kelly said the emergence of sophomore Ishaq Williams this spring has helped lessen the blow of losing Lynch.
The Fighting Irish also return junior nose guard Louis Nix III and senior end Kapron Lewis-Moore.
The Bulls are coached by Skip Holtz, son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, now an analyst with ESPN.
3 things to watch in Irish spring game
No. 1 -- QB competition. Coach Brian Kelly will continue to bend over backwards to demonstrate that the four-man QB battle between Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel is being played evenly. Kelly has indicated that the battle may come down to which one steps forward this summer during voluntary workouts. No. 2-- Gamebreaker, anyone? WRs Robby Toma and John Goodman are functional at their position but neither have the gamebreaking ability of the departed WR Michael Floyd. Kelly is hoping redshirt WR DaVaris Daniels, who has come on strong after a slow start, steps into that gap. No. 3 -- The battle for CB. With the departure of fixtures Robert Blanton and Gary Gray to graduation, it appears that Bennett Jackson has separated himself and has the inside track on one side, but the other is a battle between Lo Wood and a host of others including potentially swapping S Jamoris Slaughter into the spot.
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