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Notre Dame: Football:: Norma Desmond : Movies
Former beauty queen loses her appeal after talkies and tries to make a comeback. Broken, rejected and having little if any appeal she obessively hangs on to a grifter (BE, or any conference stupid enough to accept them sans football).
Domers still on NBC....and they're "ready for their close up"!
"Rutgers is big, it's the stature of the conferences that got small!"
Unlike Norma Desmond, ND football still has a pretty good following. It's fading, but pretty slowly.
ts football glory has undoubtedly taken a huge hit, but it's still a top academic and athletic institution. Notwithstanding their football mediocrity for much of the past few years, their recruiting continues to be excellent, which indicates that its perception of success continues. If they ever indicate a willingness to join a conference for FB (and I don't see why on earth they would do that and give up their strong FB revenue stream), every conference would be head over heals to get them and that says it all.
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Recruiting Week In Review
Notre Dame’s recruiting has gone very well so far and the Irish hope to continue the momentum heading into the summer and fall. While they have done very well at certain positions thus far, there are still recruiting holes to fill. One of those holes exists at linebacker. The Notre Dame coaching staff hopes to land several top prospects at the linebacker position is still evaluating prospects and issuing offers. Last week Irish Sports Daily spoke to two linebacker prospects, one newly back on the recruiting market and the other newly offered. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Alex Anzalone, LB, 6-3, 220, Wyomissing Area High School, Wyomissing, PA recently committed to Ohio State, but after finding out that the Buckeyes had allowed a convicted sex offender to have access to recruits. Anzalone (pictured) admitted that things got hectic for a while, but have since calmed down.
“It’s been pretty crazy but it’s settled down a little,” said Anzalone. “I don’t read any of the stuff online; I don’t pay attention to it. College football fans are crazy to say the least, but it’s what recruiting has come to. I understand it all, but it doesn’t affect me.”
Anzalone has finally found some calm in the recruiting storm, managing to put aside outside distractions.
“I feel like before I committed, I felt that there was pressure on me,” explained Anzalone. “When I committed, I had an uneasy feel just from having second thoughts and everything. Now it’s kind of a relaxed feeling.”
The Wyomissing standout recently attended the Nike Football Training Camp in Baltimore and not only came away with a heightened sense of confidence but also with a coveted invitation to The Opening in Oregon this summer.
“I’ve been looking forward to getting it all year,” Anzalone said of The Opening invitation. “I guess it just proves that I’m actually what the rankings say I am and maybe even better.”
While his attention has strayed from recruiting lately, when he does begin to focus on it again, he has six schools on his list though he insists that there is no particular order to the list.
“Florida, Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Ohio State and USC, that’s pretty much who I’m focusing on,” he related.
Anzalone visited South Bend for one of Notre Dame’s Junior Days and hopes to return this summer.
“I think I want to go when the rest of the commits go,” he said. “I think in late June, just to see how they are and how I interact with them.”
Anzalone formed a good relationship with Stanford commit Doug Randolph when they both visited Notre Dame. Though Randolph is committed to Stanford he is still open to other schools and near the top of his list is Notre Dame. Anzalone also spent time with Irish commit tight end Mike Heuerman when both were visiting Ohio State.
“I’ve been texting back and forth and talking with Heuerman on the phone,” Anzalone reported. “I was with Doug this weekend but he’s still committed to Stanford. I’ve talked to a couple commits. I also saw Devin Butler this weekend, he’s a cool guy.”
Anzalone admits that the recruiting class the Irish bring in could play at least some role in his decision.
“It’s a little factor just knowing that you’ll be around people you will be good friends with,” he said.
Anzalone will also consider other factors such as the academics of the school, the football program and the people involved with it. He also hasn’t set a definite timetable for making a decision.
“I’ve been advised not to have a concrete timetable,” he said. “I may take my officials, but if the time comes when I know I’m one hundred percent, then I’ll commit.”
The Irish have been recruiting Anzalone for quite some time now but have just recently begun to talk to California standout linebacker Victor Egu. Egu, LB, 6-3, 220, De La Salle High School, Concord California, is one of three players on the team’s roster that has received a Notre Dame offer. Outside linebacker, Michael Hutchings and defensive end Austin Hooper have already received Irish offers and now Egu has joined that list.
“I’m excited, it’s a big time offer,” Egu said. “I’m hoping to learn more about the school and building a relationship with the coaching staff. I really like that they combine academics and athletics on such a high level.”
In addition to Notre Dame, Egu currently holds offers from Boise State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, Northwestern, Oregon, San Jose State, Washington and Washington State. While he hasn’t had much contact with the Irish coaching staff thus far, he hopes to change that.
“Hopefully we can build a good relationship and I can learn more about their school,” he explained. “I should be speaking with them very soon and from everything I’ve heard from Michael, the coaches are awesome.
Egu hopes to take an unofficial visit to South Bend but isn’t sure when.
“I really don’t know right now,” he stated. “It could definitely be a school I use an official visit on during the fall. I might try to get out there this summer, but the distance might factor into that.”
Since it’s early in the recruiting process, Egu is very open to anyone that recruits him. He has, however, built a strong relationship with four particular schools.
“Right now, I really like Oregon, California, Arizona State and Washington,” he stated. I’m still open to other schools, but those programs have made an impression on me and my family. I have to see if I feel the same after I take some more visits this summer and next fall.”
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Deja Vu: Everett Golson/Gunner Kiel = Carlyle Holiday/Brady Quinn
I see a little bit of history repeating itself. Let's go back to 2004 when our starting QB was Carlyle Holiday. Super talented athlete (was even drafted into MLB by Reds and Mets). He has a strong arm and could also burn you with his feet. He broke ND records for 100 yard rushing games in a season by a quarterback as well as most completions without an interception and touchdown passes in a game. Carlyle was pretty good.
Now enter Brady Quinn. He took Carlyle's job from him as a freshman and he re-writes the QB record book. I still think Gunner will redshirt this year but in 2013, I see Gunner pulling a Brady Quinn on Golson.
I've thought the same thing myself. Gunner seems to have all the tools... it will be hard to keep the starting job with a guy like that learning the system for year.
Sorry but i don't see a WIT of history repeating itself in what is a very flawed comparison.
Carlyle was never brought in to be a passer, he was actually recruited as more of an option QB--as a passer he left alot to be desired- he was erratic, inconsistent and never better then a 50% passer--He had QB ratings as low as a DISMAL 77 in his junior year---and an overall rating of barely 100 as a career---the nightmare of Holiday & Battle coming in as alternating interception throwers at USC was one of the worst displays of QB play in ND history.
I could just as easily point to history repeating itself with Powlus in the role of Gunner and GOLSON in the role of KEVIN MCDOUGAL--, when he got his chance after Powlus broke his collarbone --Mcdougal came in and set the ND record for QB rating for a season with a WHOPPING 154---
Golson's 181 rating for the spring game is only a spring game of course but it shows a player in a TOTALLY DIFFERENT LEAGUE of -passer then Holiday.
Now i am not comparing Gunner to Powlus other then to demonstrate the weakness of the Golson/Quinn analogy---it would be unfair to do so
GUNNER IS GUNNER he is NOT QUINN
Golson is Golson he is not HOLIDAY by any stretch---
let these two players write their own history--the times are different--the teams are different --the players are different--the skills are different---the coach is different--the scheme is different---
THERE IS NO LEGIT COMPARISON--not even a small one----
History repeating itself may be modestly true as far as 4 QBs competing just like 2007 for an open job----
But casting individuals as other individuals has no real there there!
Hey, I'd just like to see Les Miles eat the words...."he did not necessarily have the CHEST, and the ability to lead a program."
I like Gunner a lot but I don`t know if he will ever start. Golson is ideal for this spread because he is very mobile. He can run the QB keepers as well as run the option and extend the pass plays. The keeper, option or downfield passing wasn`t in the playbook last year.
Zaire commited to ND knowing that Gunner is one year ahead of him. I think Zaire is planning on taking the starting job from Golson not Gunner.
The next two years looks brighter than the last two.
I see it more as an Angelo Bertelli versus Johnny Lujack type of dynamic.
Both guys end up winning the Heisman.
The list of #1 rated QB's who don't start a game in their career has to be incredibly small, if any. They may not all be great, but they all play at some point.
Gunner is head and shoulders above everyone on the roster in raw talent as a QB, he's going to play.
Golson is mobile...but so is Gunner.Gunner is also bigger and stronger. The comparison that Rocket made was spot on when it comes to how things could play out. This kid is just too good and its obvious that he is a football junkie. We have needed a guy like this since Quinn left, one that eats football up and wants to learn every little thing about the game. I cannot wait for him to have his turn in a year or two. Hes the type of QB that you see guiding their team to national championships every year.
Obviously, we didn't make the final cut. However, this approach is definitely a mixed bag when it comes to final results...
In general, at least at ND, the #1 nationally rated QB starts from Day 1, which makes sense since they should be clearly superior
Agreed...Golsen is NOT Holliday, who couldn't hit the broadside of a barn.
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