this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|2 years 34 weeks ago||ND has the highest grad rate||
ND has the highest grad rate in the country. You could argue all day about the quality of the their student athletes, but that fact can't be disputed.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Expect a lot of USC commits||
Expect a lot of USC commits to go up for grabs.
ND is back in the mix for Isaac, as well.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Not to nitpick, but ND only||
Not to nitpick, but ND only played 6 home games this year. They had 2 neutral site games and 4 road games.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||They return 8 of 11 starters||
They return 8 of 11 starters on defense, including 5 along the front seven. Here's a breakdown:
DL - Two of the three starters return. They lose four year starter Kapron Lewis-Moore. Unfortunately for Michigan, they return DE Stephon Tuitt (absolute freak, probably Top 10-15 pick next year) and NT Louis Nix (monster run defender, potential first rounder), two of the best DL in the country. Filling that open spot will probably be a rotation between highly touted sophomores-to-be Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones.
LB - Three of four starters return. The centerpiece of next year's linebacker corps will be OLB Prince Shembo, who is a beast on the edge in both run defense and the pass rush. One of the major strengths of ND's defense is that Shembo is left in a lot of one-on-one situations because of the double teams drawn by Tuitt and Nix. Also returning at OLB is Danny Spond, a pretty solid player in his own right. Manti Te'o is gone, leaving inside linebacker the single biggest concern of ND's defense. Luckily ND should have Dan Fox back for a fifth year in the middle. Unfortunately for ND, he's only average. Watch out for Ishaq Williams at OLB who is a situational pass rusher. He's starting to come into his own this year and many expect him to explode next year and live up to his 5* ranking. Maybe we're delusional. I hope not. But we probably are.
Secondary - Three of four starters return. The lost starter is Zeke Motta, a huge loss as he is an extremely experienced safety and the leader of the secondary. The returning starter is RS Frosh Matthias Farley, who has been inconsistent this year. Both corners return. Junior Bennett Jackson is having a solid year and true freshman corner Keivarae Russell is a lock for Freshman All-American. ND's secondary has been a pleasant surprise this year as they are ranked in the Top 10 in pass efficiency D. A lot of that is their dominant front seven.
Overall, I expect a step back in the run defense without Te'o patrolling the middle. However, it won't be a huge step back as Nix is quite possibly the best run-stuffing DT in the country. I expect a major step back in safety play with two sophomores (Farley and Elijah Shumate) starting. Overall, a very good defense but not at the level of this year's unit.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Quote from Kelly today: "We||
Quote from Kelly today: "We would not name (Golson) the starter unless we felt this was the next step toward moving our program forward."
|2 years 48 weeks ago||My reading comprehension is||
My reading comprehension is terrible, as you can see. My bad.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||You play Notre Dame in week||
You play Notre Dame in week four.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||This is a permanent change,||
This is a permanent change, barring poor performance.
ND is really excited about this kid. He's a good fit for the spread, has an absolute cannon and can run, as well. As a four year starter in high school, he put up ludicrous stats (11,000+ yards, 151 TDs and just 26 INTs) in a spread offense. But yet again, this is Notre Dame we're talking about, so...
|3 years 27 weeks ago||USA Today is reporting it as||
USA Today is reporting it as fact. No reliable sources other than an LSU recruiting analyst, so it's not 100% confirmed.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||A bunch of people at ND claim||
A bunch of people at ND claim to have seen Kiel on campus. Probably the most "credible" source is Scout recruiting analyst Dave Berk, who claims a "very good source" told him Kiel to ND will happen.
ND also might be getting the Armstead brothers. This could be a magical week for the Irish.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||This man has 52 Twitter||
This man has 52 Twitter followers. I highly doubt that he has inside information.
Still, Kiel could end up at LSU.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Yes. The other is Ronald||
Yes. The other is Ronald Darby.
Kelly likes to load up. ND's looking at as many as 7 DBs this year.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||They definitely have a||
They definitely have a pre-med program.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||He's also been tweeting about||
He's also been tweeting about his bro Ronnie Stanley, who committed to Notre Dame today. And he retweeted the announcement of Stanford guard David DeCastro's All-America status made by Stanford football's official Twitter page, so it's not impossible.
But I agree. Probably staying on the West Coast.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Yes, with his teammate Elijah||
Yes, with his teammate Elijah Shumate.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||He wants to be a doctor and||
He wants to be a doctor and ND has an excellent pre-med program.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Tommy's starting days are||
Tommy's starting days are over. He won't transfer, but he certainly won't be the starter next year in South Bend.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||As an ND fan, I'd be happy to||
As an ND fan, I'd be happy to see Dayne get another chance. Supposedly he's a terrific person.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||His grandfather played for||
His grandfather played for Notre Dame and he'll probably commit if they offer.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||He tweeted "Notre||
He tweeted "Notre Dame>>>>>>>>>>>>" after his visit there Saturday. Michigan will need to make a strong impression.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Apparently they're impressed||
Apparently they're impressed when ND loses.
2013 5* Jalin Marshall has just named ND his leader.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Yes, and the crazy thing is||
Yes, and the crazy thing is that a lot of key recruits have committed while attending these types of games.
Michael Floyd verballed the day after witnessing a 38-0 drubbing by USC in '07.
Manti Te'o's OV was the horrid Syracuse loss to GERG.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Supposedly a lot of recruits||
Supposedly a lot of recruits had a wonderful time, despite witnessing a humilating loss that casts doubt over the future of the program.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Kalis is way, way too low.||
Kalis is way, way too low.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Golson could fail at ND. I'm||
Golson could fail at ND. I'm not disputing that.
I was just saying that ND isn't barren at QB as (at least I think so, but what do I know) was implied.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||This is fun to read.||
This is fun to read.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Why not? ND spreads the||
ND spreads the football around and throws...a lot.
That 3* QB you mentioned is Everett Golson. He's not a slouch. He threw for over 11,000 yards in high school with almost 150 touchdown passes. His junior year of high school he posted an astounding 15:1 TD to INT ratio (47 TD to 3 INT), then in limited action his senior year he threw for another 25 TDs to only 2 INTs. Star rating doesn't matter in this case. He's a perfect fit for the offense Kelly runs.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Supposedly Justice Hayes||
Supposedly Justice Hayes decommitted from Notre Dame because he felt he didn't receive enough attention on his official visit.
ND has almost 50 recruits coming this Saturday. Treadwell might not get as much attention as he would at another game.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||You'll put up 40+, at||
You'll put up 40+, at least.
Notre Dame had their way with this defense.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I hope so. We're good with||
I hope so. We're good with moms.