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Soon, Notre Dame and the Fighting Irish fans will enjoy the anticipated Blue and Gold game. Unlike years past, this spring game has many important things to watch for, rather than just offering a preview of the depth chart...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Aaron Lynch would often call Manti Te'o his big brother, the two most talented Notre Dame defensive recruits in years bonding
The Minnesota Lynx drafted graduate student forward Devereaux Peters with the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA draft Monday, and the Washington Mystics drafted senior guard Natalie Novosel with the No. 8 pick.
Last year at this time, the talk was of going to the BCS. This year? .500.
If you've been waitlisted, move on - the school that put you on the wait list isn't that into you
c1910 real photo postcard view of the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. This view is looking southwest from the vicinity of the Main (University) Building past the Church of the Sacred Heart toward Sorin Hall. From the collection of Thomas Keesling.
Navy-Notre Dame Game Time Set
CBS television announced yesterday the kickoff for the Navy-Notre Dame game from Dublin, Ireland will be 2 p.m. local time and 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in the United States. Below is the official release:
CBS Sports will kick-off its 2012 college football schedule with Notre Dame vs. Navy live from Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, September 1 (9:00 AM, ET/2:00 PM Local Time). CBS Sports’ lead college football team of Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the action live from Aviva Stadium.
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2014 CB Grabs ND Offer
Notre Dame has sent out very few offers to 2014 prospects at this early stage and the ones that have gone out, have gone to recruits the Irish view as elite.
They found another one last week.
When Notre Dame assistant Scott Booker called Friendship Collegiate Academy head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim to extend an offer to 2013 linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, Booker also informed Abdul-Rahim that the Irish were also offering 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor.
“My coach told me,” 6-foot, 181-pound cornerback said. “It was a real surprise. I didn’t expect it from such a traditional program that wins a lot of games.”
Maybe he should have, considering some of the other offers he’s already landed.
“Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Auburn, Florida State, Virginia Tech,” Tabor said, listing some of his other offers to this point.
College coaches like the way Tabor attacks the ball from the secondary.
“I would say instincts and ball skills,” he said. “I know how to play balls in the air. You can count on me to go get it.”
Tabor isn’t about to let any of the attention get to his head though.
“It’s truly a blessing, but you have to keep it in perspective and keep working hard because the next man is trying to get where I’m at,” he said. “It’s a blessing. It’s surprising. I didn’t expect this as a sophomore, but I’ve just got to keep working.”
Tabor has plenty to learn about the Irish program.
“I really don’t know much currently, but I know about the history,” he said.
It’s still early, but Notre Dame could end up being a serious option for Tabor considering some of the things on his list for a college.
“I’m looking for a lot of TV time, tradition, winning games, a place that’s going to make me better as a person and as a football player,” he said. “Education will play a big role in it too. Those are some of the things I’m looking for in a school.”
But he isn’t in any rush to start narrowing things down or even taking many visits.
“I’m going to wait,” he said. “I’m going to get ready for my junior season and I’ll definitely get out to a lot of schools the summer before my senior year.”
Recruiting Week In Review
The Irish coaching staff is making full use of its spring practice schedule to bring in recruits and try to sell them on the idea of Notre Dame. Last week two more recruits made the trek to South Bend to see the campus and watch the Irish go through spring practice. One of the recruits is a cornerback prospect, a position of definite need for Notre Dame. The other is a safety/linebacker hybrid player who fits into the flexibility concept that Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly likes so well. The Irish certainly made strong impressions on both, but will it be enough. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Antwuan Davis, CB, 6-0, 180, Bastrop High School, Bastrop, TX made the long journey to South Bend last weekend in order to get a firsthand look at Notre Dame and wasn’t disappointed.
“It was really good,” Davis said. “Really good. I got to see the Golden Dome, the field, the locker room, the Gug and the library. Touchdown Jesus. That was pretty cool. It’s a nice campus. It’s really nice.”
Davis also found out just how badly the Irish coaching staff really wants him. Davis, an elite cornerback prospect was presented with the prospect of playing early.
“They said they wanted me to come in and be a starter, be a four year starter,” Davis said. “They’re really trying to get me up there.”
Davis really enjoyed his time with Notre Dame coach Kerry Cooks and the rest of the staff.
“There were some really good coaches,” he opined. “They were all good and I enjoyed talking to them.”
Davis was also impressed with the educational opportunities that Notre Dame presented.
“They said the business school was tops in the nation,” he remembered. “The African American graduation rate was one hundred percent and graduation rate in general was ninety-seven.”
Davis possessed an impressive offer list at the time of his Notre Dame visit. In addition to Notre Dame, he holds scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech among others. Since returning from his jaunt to South Bend, he has picked up offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas and, most notably, Texas. The Longhorns offer means that it will be doubly difficult to pull the talented defensive back out of Texas. However, Davis insists that he’s not a lock for the home state school.
“That’s what everybody thinks,” Davis said. “It’s not necessarily true. There’s a possibility I might , but I don’t know yet.”
Davis plans to make a decision sometime before his senior season. While he doesn’t yet know his final destination, it’s clear the Notre Dame helped itself on his visit.
“I like Notre Dame,” he stated. “I like them a lot.”
Marcus Ball, ATH, 6-3, 205, Westerville South High School, Westerville, OH visited Notre Dame last weekend with his coach, but not his football coach, but rather his basketball coach.
“I actually came up with my basketball coach and his son because they’re big Notre Dame fans,” he explained. “I figured they know their way around campus and it’d be exciting for them to see their favorite school. They loved it, so I’m glad I brought them with me for the visit.”
Ball (pictured) also enjoyed the visit and liked the campus. In fact, the visit went very well in every respect except one. Ball took the visit hoping to receive a scholarship offer from the Irish. In that one respect, though, he came away disappointed.
“The coaches were telling me that I look like a guy they’re going to offer,” he explained. “I didn’t receive an offer, but I’m going to stay in contact with them and they’ll let me know by Thursday.”
Ball especially liked his time spent with the Notre Dame defensive coaches. They filled him in on how the Irish defense worked and how he would fit in it.
“I got to speak with Coach (Mike) Elson, Coach (Bob) Diaco and Coach (Bob) Elliott,’ he related. “They gave me an idea of how the defense functions as one whole unit.”
Even without an offer, Notre Dame moved into Ball’s top three though he doesn’t have any particular order.
“I don’t have a set top three right now, but Notre Dame is definitely one of my top three schools,” he shared. “I think I could be a beast in their defense and I love the academics. All the guys at Notre Dame seem to be level-headed and they’re very mature on the field and in the classroom. It would be an absolute honor to receive an offer from Notre Dame. All these other schools have over 30,000 students, while at Notre Dame it’s 8000 and to be able to say that I was good enough to be accepted by Notre Dame would be amazing.”
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Sports Daily.
Karl Roesler (Saint Xavier/Lousiville, Ky.) has grown up around the Notre Dame program. The Kentucky native's father, grandfather, uncle and several cousins have all attended Notre Dame.
"I was raised on Notre Dame, so that's all I've ever known and loved," he shared. "I've always rooted for Notre Dame and dreamt of playing football there. If they offered, I'd definitely consider committing on the spot."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end/outside linebacker has yet to receive his first offer, but he's receiving interest from Notre Dame, Miami, UCLA, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, Connecticut, Michigan State and Boston College among others.
Now this weekend, Roesler will be back in South Bend to catch the Irish in action during the annual Blue-Gold Game.
"I'm going to head up there with my dad and check things out," he said. "I'm familiar with the campus, so I'm just looking to see how the team looks in action and meet with the coaches. It's always awesome to go to Notre Dame for any type of game; I'm expecting a great atmosphere. It still amazes me every time I go there."
Roesler hasn't had much contact with the Irish coaching staff, but he's hoping that changes after this weekend.
"I speak with the coaches here and there, but not every week," he said. "I'm hoping to sit down with them and have the opportunity to start building a relationship with them. I would love for them to start recruiting me more."
The Irish's defensive scheme is something that's also very appealing to the Southern prospect.
"I really like how they switch up the sets with the 4-3 and 3-4," he stated. "I'm willing to play in any style of defense, but I really like the defense Notre Dame runs. I think they have a lot of talent on defense, even though it stinks that (Aaron) Lynch just transferred. I also believe that I'd be a good fit in Coach (Bob) Diaco's defense."
While it would appear that Notre Dame is Roesler's top school, there are a few other programs he's high on as well.
"I really like Miami, UCLA and Boston College," he shared. "I already took a visit to Boston College and I'm hoping to visit Miami and UCLA in the future. I want to check out the schools and keep my options open."
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Former Arkansas football coach Lou Holtz and ex-defensive tackle Jim Williams will be inducted into the ATT Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
My take on Everette Golson
From watching the practice videos, especially the one from Saturday, Everett looks like he has all the tools to be a dynamic Quarterback but he has to correct one glaring habit. He carries the ball with one hand far away from his body when he is scrambling or running the ball. It looks like he could fumble at any moment and sometimes he does. I think the coaching staff needs him to correct this habit before fall camp. If he gets it corrected his chances of starting are good IMO.
IIO or anybody else, How easy is this to correct? He could be our Denard Robinson if he gets to play.
Second year in the system and he still carries the ball like a loaf of bread - so much for the development of fundamentals.
Two years ago I made two observations......
1. Reddick was ND best RB or could be
2. Golson was the ND future starting QB.
I still feel the same.
I think you wrong on both accounts. It does not take 2 or 3 years for talent to make obvious it's ability.
Plus also I refer you to the other 'hot' threads of the day. (no, I won't clarify).
BTW: did you read the reply the other day in expanation of my 'overly' critical FSU critique?
Golson, almost never turned the ball over in High School and he always ran with the ball in hand like that, until he crossed the line of scrimage because he could pass at any moment on the run when a receiver got open even for an instant. He can't afford to do that in college because the persuit is so quick so there is no way he can QB at ND the way he did at MB. Also, Golson never took a snap under center in H.S. always in the shotgun, so he obviously has to work on that too... Need to see progress on those weak areas for sure
Kelly ought to realize that a talented, multi-dimensional QB is a huge asset in today's college football. Look how Cam Newton transformed a decent Auburn team into a national title winner, and how good Griffin made Baylor last year. Not to mention what Stanford did with Luck.
Unless you've got Alabama - type of talent and depth (which we don't), you'll have a really hard time winning a national championship with a game manager at QB, IMO.
I'd be happy with Golson, Hendrix or Kiel winning the job. But Rees doesn't have the talent to lead us to a national championship.
Hey, the only vertical pass on that video was the last one, the long TD into the far corner Golson threw. He can hit those kind of pass plays over and over. He is the guy , IF , Golson can correct the bad habbits, he has the Throwing Talent, I'm telling you....
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