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  1. Yesterday, I watched film of Notre Dame defensive recruits even as the TV showed the NFL playoffs. The talent of the players being pursued by Notre Dame is amazing. It’s purely subjective, but I picked a player for each level of the defense that I like best. Nykoles Harbor, Washington D.C defensive end. 6-5/225. I doubt Harbor has ever played a game where he wasn’t the best athlete on the field. He’s my #1 choice for the defensive line because I feel that as good as he is at rushing the passer, he has the speed and athleticism to be equally good at dropping into coverage. (To me, he seemed the fastest of the linemen I watched.) Anthony Hill, Texas linebacker. 6-2/225. Hill is a violent athlete blessed with speed and football acumen. Players fly backwards when he hits them. (I love seeing a player lying on the field, arms and legs akimbo. Hill hits them that hard.) Malik Muhammad, Texas cornerback. 6/170. The highlight films show him at receiver and at cornerback. Either way, he is smooth, fast and football-savvy. He makes plays everywhere. Caleb Downs, Georgia safety. 6-1/185. WOW! (To have Peyton Bowen, Aiden Schuyler and Caleb Downs all committed would be the best safety recruiting class ever!) While all these players are talking to Notre Dame, I don’t know how high Notre Dame stands with any of them.
  2. I believe schools like Boise State will see their brightest stars entering the transfer portal for financial opportunity. Why would a player like Leighton Vander Esch stay in Boise? Leighton would have started at any university that could afford him. (He chose the NFL over BSU.)
  3. Alabama running back Alvin Henderson Pennsylvania safety Anthony Sacca Ohio quarterback Ryan Montgomery
  4. Joseph playing for Notre Dame next year makes the safety position a strength. The transfer portal favored Notre Dame this year!
  5. Christian Gray joining Justyn Rhett, Peyton Bowen and Adon Shuler as defensive backfield 2023 commits exceeds my greatest hopes. Plus, other top-notch recruits remain as players. Wow!
  6. Coach Alexander recruited talented receivers but insufficient recruiting numbers and transfers undermined his position. (I note both Hart and Watts, skilled WRs, were moved to the defense. This part of the poor numbers at the WR position should not be blamed on Coach Alexander.) Insufficient target numbers plus transfers resulted in the current roster numbers for ND wide receivers being a mess. Ultimately, I hold Coach Alexander responsible for this and action needed to be taken. Whoever it might be, a new wide receivers coach improves Notre Dame. Releasing Coach Alexander shows Coach Freeman making hard choices and good decisions.
  7. Arguably, Notre Dame gets two of the top 15 safeties in the 2023 class with Peyton Bower and Aden Shuler.
  8. Rhett committing excites me. He has a great combination of size and speed, and is very impressive in his interviews. The current five defensive commitments are outstanding. What a start to the 2023 class!
  9. I like Freeman as the head coach. He exerts energy and is a top-notch recruiter. Further, it impresses me that key figures like Balis, Rees, Taylor and Elston are choosing to stay with Freeman. Respected and desired coaches, they add stability to the program. The choice of Freeman and the retention of key staff leaves me confident recruits won’t be abandoning their commitments.
  10. A team consists of offense, defense and special teams. To win a national championship, all three must be dominant. While it takes scholarships from the offense and the defense, I’m OK recruiting kickers, punters and long snappers. Special teams often win or lose games.
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