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Looks like ND has a ton of junior talent on campus today.



Myles Wade Dt

Arrlious Benn WR

Jimmy Clausen QB

Marcus Tyler Rb/LB

Darren Evans RB

Ben Martin DE

Andrew Daily LB

Jordan Mabin WR/CB

Donnie Evege Ath.

Josh Oglesby OL




among others

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RB Mike Tayler (team mate of Calusen) 6'0" 215


CB Ron Johnson 6'0" 177


OL Miles Stroter 6'4" 309


RB Robert Huges (no info)


LB Chris Colasanti 6'2" 225


(By the way Josh Oglesby OL is 6'7" 315)


(having computer issues over here or would have dropped extras sooner.)

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:o What is Charley doing here? If you add Josh Oglesby as OL you have a 6'7 315...Add to Verbs Eric Olsen 6'5" 300, Chris Stewart 6'5" 350 Bartley Web 6'6" 280


Wanna Bl;itz through that anyone? :lol:

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I dont know if he was at junior day but for me the guy i want more than anyone is noel devine, he is just a flat out stud, i think we are probably a long shot but he would become our reggie bush in my opinon, our best playmaker since the rocket hands down

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Noel Devine was predicted as an early early ND favorite wayyy back. But now he's probably 70% Miami, and Weis wouldn't take him anyways. Last I heard he had 2 kids (not too big of a deal if he's an ND type, but he's not) something like that.

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as many have pointed out we had alot of stars at South Bend this weekend



Jimmy Clausen

Marc Tyler

Darren Evans

Arrelious Benn

John Elliott

Josh Oglesby

Miles Stroter

Ben Martin

Myles Wade

Chris Galippo

Andrew Dailey

Ronald Johnson

Jordan Mabin

Donnie Evege

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I'm not sure how many juniors we offered this weekend but I know we offered 2: Mike Ragone(DE/TE) and Justin Trattou(DE). Both of these are top 100 guys. Ragone is probably the most touted of the 2 but that is just an opinion. We seem to be the top team on both of their lists.

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what was the schedule for these young men during their visit, did they get a tour, visit facilities,, hope it wasn't to cold, as it will take a day or two to adjust to the snow and cold for these southern fellas. HAAAAAAAAA right now its 5 o, not to bad for this time of year :) hope we get some of these guys, GO IRISH.

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Top RB Visits ND

Steve Hare


Top 100 running back Marc Tyler made another unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend when he attended the Irish's junior day event on Saturday.


Tyler, a 6-foot, 215-pounder from Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif., used this visit to learn more about the school and the coaching staff.


"It was a good visit," he said. "We went through a lot of stuff and I talked to a lot of coaches. I got to learn a lot about the school."


During this visit Tyler was able to spend some time with head coach Charlie Weis.


"Probably the highlight of the trip is that I had a one-on-one with Charlie Weis," he said. "He talked about how I feel with the school and how I fit in. He just wanted to know if I had any questions."


Tyler didn't have many questions but he did find out how important he is to the Irish.


"So far I'm the only running back that they've offered," he said. "They said they might offer one more this week."


After the junior day activities Tyler and the rest of the visitors attended the Notre Dame men's basketball game where he spent some time getting to know several of the Irish's other recruiting targets.


"I talked to Arrelious (Benn) a lot," he said. "He's a really cool guy. He's supposed to be the best wide receiver in the nation. He's a big guy. He said he liked the school and Jimmy (Clausen); but he already knew about him."


Tyler didn't have to get to know Jimmy Clausen since the two are teammates and have traveled together to several colleges.


"Jimmy said he liked the visit and he likes what Charlie Weis does with his quarterbacks," Tyler said.

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Junior Day Features Top Offensive Linemen

Steve Hare


On Saturday Notre Dame hosted 35-40 of the nations top juniors when the Irish held its first junior recruiting day of 2006. Included in that group were two Top 100 offensive linemen, Miles Stroter and John Elliott.


Stroter, a 6-foot-4, 309-pound guard from Chicago, Ill., had already visited campus several times but this visit was the first that allowed him to tour campus.


"It was pretty nice, but I've been there three times before," he said. "But this time was the first time I took a tour of campus. We also had the opportunity to spend more time with the coaches but it was probably more insightful for the juniors making their first visit to Notre Dame."


One highlight for Stroter was meeting with offensive line coach John Latina and learning more about how the Irish like to do things up front.


"I talked to coach Latina about what their blocking schemes are and how diverse their playbook is," he said. "They run the same plays as the New England Patriots so he said you have to be smart."


Despite his recent visits Stroter still came away impressed with the Irish, especially since he had the chance to get to know some of the other prospects.


"Every time I go to Notre Dame I'm impressed," he said. "They have great facilities and the new athletic center is pretty impressive. I also got to see some of the other guys they are recruiting and who could be my future teammates or my competition."


Stroter currently holds an offer from Illinois.


For Elliott, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound tackle from East Meadow, N.Y., his first visit to South Bend did enough to add the Irish to his list of early favorites.


"They are definitely up there," he said. "I enjoyed everything I saw today but now I just need to take it all in. There was a lot in a short time."


The quick visit gave him the opportunity to see campus and meet his recruiting coach as well as Charlie Weis and offensive line coach, John Latina.


"I got to meet with Peter Vaas, my recruiting coordinator, and John Latina and Charlie Weis," he said. "They seem like straight-forward guys. I think they have a great staff there and their tradition is excellent."


Elliott currently holds offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Galippo Impressed at Irish Junior Day

Steve Hare


Typically, when a college football program hosts a junior recruiting day it focuses on prospects within driving distance to the school. That wasn't the case with Notre Dame's first event of 2006 when the Irish saw prospects from coast-to-coast converge on South Bend, Ind.


Chris Galippo was one player that traveled a great distance to learn more about what Notre Dame had to offer. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker from Anaheim, Calif., was impressed with his first impression of the Notre Dame football program, campus and even the weather.


"It was great," he said. "I had a really fun time. We toured the campus, met the coaches and got to know everyone. The campus was great; they spend hundreds of millions of dollars because they expect the best. It's very family oriented and I can't wait to see it in the summer. I expected it to be a lot colder but it wasn't so bad. I could get used to it."


Galippo made the trip because the Irish were already one of his favorite schools. After the trip he knows that Notre Dame will remain on his list throughout the recruiting process.


"ND will always be on the list," he said. "USC and UCLA will definitely be there too. I have to keep the local schools there because I've grown up with them. Things are pretty wide open right now but I had just had a great visit to ND and I'm looking forward to the junior days at USC and UCLA."


Currently Galippo holds an offer from Boston College, but after meeting with the Notre Dame coaches he's confident that he could be adding an Irish offer soon.


"(The coaches) talked about it," he said. "They have one of my game films from when we played Long Beach Poly in the playoffs. They were a spread team so every play I made was really sideline-to-sideline, which is my strength, but they want to see me against the traditional I-back team."


Fortunately Galippo brought an additional highlight tape with him and the coaching staff is expected to view it soon.


"I have another tape with me and they are going to pick it up (Sunday) before I leave," he said. "It's a pretty good tape. I'm really satisfied with it and think they'll like it."


As a junior he recorded 101 solo tackles, 60 assists, three sacks and eight tackles for loss. He also blocked three field goals and three punts, returning one for a touchdown.

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Benn Highlights Guest List

Pete Sampson


It will be a weekend of firsts for Arrelious Benn.


Not only will the junior wide receiver make his first visit to South Bend for Notre Dame's junior day, it will be his first plane flight all together. Benn, who will be in the running for top receiver honors in next year, will be one of approximately 30 top high school juniors checking out Notre Dame today.


"I just want to see how it is, see the facilities, meet the coaches and get familiar with Notre Dame and all that," said Benn, who holds between 20-30 scholarship offers. "Of all the schools recruiting me, I would have to say I talk to Notre Dame a lot."


Aside from Benn, other top wide receivers scheduled to attend include Doug Beaumont from Male High School in Louisville, Ky., and Jon Ditto from Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa. Ditto squared off with Irish verbal commitment Darrin Walls in a game last season. Ditto is also being recruited as a tight end by some schools and already holds offers from Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Virginia.


Benn, Beaumont and Ditto all rank as Top 100 juniors according to Rivals.com, although they don't represent the only high-end talent that will be walking around the Guglielmino Center.


Quarterback Jimmy Clausen is scheduled to attend the junior day along with his Oaks Christian teammate Marc Tyler, who would play running back or linebacker at the next level. Both have already trekked to Notre Dame, with Clausen visiting last August and on Oct. 15 for the Southern California game. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal caller is the odds-on favorite to be the top quarterback in the junior class if not the top prospect overall.


At running back, three top Midwest prospects are on the schedule: Dale Martin of Bolingbrook, Ill., Darren Evans of Indianapolis, Ind., and Robert Hughes of Chicago, Ill. Hughes recently attended the U.S. Army All-American junior combine in San Antonio, Texas. All three backs rank among the Top 100 juniors to watch.


As for the offensive line, Notre Dame's top target, Josh Oglesby, reportedly won't make the junior day visit, but Miles Stroter of Chicago, Ill., John Elliott of East Meadow, N.Y., and Stefan Wisniewski of Pittsburgh, Pa. are all scheduled to attend. Stroter and Elliott rank as Top 100 juniors, while Wisniewski, who's also being recruited as a defensive tackle by some programs, holds early offers from Penn State and Pittsburgh.


Defensively, the guest list includes some top linebacker talent in Andrew Dailey from Massillon, Ohio, Chris Galippo from Anaheim, Calif., and Stephen Paskorz from Hampton, Pa. Top defensive linemen scheduled to attend include Justin Trattou from Ramsey, N.J., and Myles Wadefrom Portland, Ore. All five players rank in the Rivals.com Top 100 juniors to watch


Defensive backs likely to make the Saturday trip to South Bend include Nate Oliver from Cleveland, Ohio, Jordan Mabin from Macedonia, Ohio and Donnie Evege from Huber Heights, Ohio.


Benn said that checking out what other prospects attend the junior day is at least a small part of what he'll look for this weekend. He said he doesn't care what other receivers the Irish go after because there will be competition everywhere, but Benn will keep an eye on the quarterback situation at his top schools and mentioned Clausen by name.


"At my position, any school you go to, you're going to have to work hard," Benn said. "Anywhere you go you're going to have to ball out

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Keep in mind something about these visits by the likes of Marc Tyler and Jimmy Clausen (already Irish). These are unofficial visits and 100% paid for by the recruits. This is the second unofficial visit by Clausen and Tyler. The kids are treking from California and paying for it out of their own pockets. They wouldn't be paying for 2 of these visits to South Bend if they weren't very serious about committing to Notre Dame.


Up to this point, Tyler is the only RB that ND has offered. Although we may be offering 1 more this week.

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maybe someone can give me more information on this because i really have no clue how it works with juniors and college football, but would the Irish make an offer to these players right now? wouldnt it seem a bit early since these players still have 1 full year left of high school ball? or would an offer only go out to those players who are amount the very best?


ill admit i never really followed much of recruiting in the past and when the season started thats when i would get to know the new freshmen, but now that i know alot of the names of the freshmen long before the start of the season it will be easier to follow.

this here internet is really awesome, imagine this.. all sorts of information is avaialble on the internet, not just porn :lol:

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Special you made a great point. All try to nab what they think is best.


We have some new to recruiting I wish I could explain it all in a few sentences. I will try to do up an article explaining it all.


It's scattered all through the sites here. Harassing calls to kids by Coaches or Scout Mags., Early cell texting allowed. American Football Coaches Convention will vote to make an earlier sign date etc. (Most likely late Dec or early Jan????


Star ratings falling because one commiting early and having a Scout mag drop his rating suddenly, all kinds of junk go on. If a kid wows the coaches then ignore any other opinions. I left out is he smart and a good kid that goes to class?


DD has the best informed recruiting page around current information wise.

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Lets put it this way,you can recruit whenever the NCAA allows which is most all the time. These kids have had relationships with college coaches since they were freshman in high school. There are kids that Charlie speaks with weekly. There are a ton of rules and regulations that govern schools in regards to recruiting though! When they dont follow the rules they can recieve any number of penalties up to and including the infamous Death Penalty that SMU still has never recovered from! Schools and coaches willing to take the chance of losing scholarships and bowl bids and being sanctioned such as your Spurrier coached team's and your LSU's,Alabama's, Colorado's, Oklahoma's and Ohio State's-I dont care what anyone say's,you cannot tell me Tressel didnt know everything Maurice Clarett was involved in before and after and expect me to keep a straight face! Schools and coaches should be ashamed of themselves but then again its all about winning and by any method necessary. A beautiful example is Dexter Manley going through all levels of school including college being unable to read and write! The people that were involved with that should feel ashamed the rest of their lives because they didnt care about the kid they cared whether he could play football or not. Whats great is Notre Dame would never allow it as long as that University sits in South Bend so you dont have to worry about Coach Weis and his staff not that you would have to anyway!!! Sorry for the rant fella's I was responding to an earlier question someone asked about McCoy. I hope what ever cheater school he selects gets buried. Its disgusting but it happens more than you could ever imagine!!!! Be glad we are all Notre Dame fans!!!

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