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As of 1/25/2006

 

Pro-style quarterback

Jimmy Clausen 6-3/200

 

All-purpose back

Kelvin Grady 5-10/156/4.4 East Grand Rapids, MI *(Holds Basketball Offer)

Chris Rainey 5-8/160/4.42 Lakeland, FL

 

Running back

Marc Tyler6-0/215/4.5 Westlake Village, CA

 

Wide Receiver

Arrelious Benn 6-1/208/4.45 Washington, D.C.

Wayne Bonner 6-3/200/4.5 Milledgeville, GA

 

Tight end

D'Angelo McCray 6-5/265/4.64 Jacksonville, FL *(DE with 12 sacks)

Mike Ragone 6-5/230/4.4 Cherry Hill, NJ

 

Offensive tackle

Josh Oglesby 6-7/315/- Milwaukee, WI

Sione Tau 6-6/315/- Honolulu, HI

 

Offensive guard

Miles Stroter 6-4/309/5.1 Chicago, IL

 

Strongside defensive end

Ben Martin 6-5/220/4.5 Cincinnati, OH

Justin Trattou 6-4/230/4.8 Ramsey, NJ

 

Cornerback

Gary Gray 5-11/170/4.49 Columbia, SC

Ronald Johnson 6-0/177/4.5 Muskegon, MI

 

Athlete

Mark Barnes 6-3/190/4.45 Columbia, SC

Cedric Everson 5-11/154/4.4 Detroit, MI

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Guest SirJohn

:D Nice set JK. Hawaii? I guess Brian Polian got that territory too. Lucky guy. :D DT is the critical need but that picture might develop as time goes on.

 

Right now I'm excited over the O line. I have been watching some of Reggie Bush stock start to slide as people realized without USC's line giving him that 5 yards he would be average. Taking nothing away from him when he gets clear. The topic being getting clear. We just might gain a super running back down the road of that quality.

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I think James Aldridge could very well be that RB. He committed early, so we didn't see the hoopla that we had with Sam Young, and in the AA game, his coach, Ted Ginn Sr., only let him touch the ball about two times the whole game, as he forced that Wells kid (committed to Ohio State - Ted Ginn Jr.'s team - ahmm) down the throats of everyone. He's for real (and this is no disrespect aimed at Darius Walker, but we're just talking recruits here). I'm excited about our O line as well, but without Gerald McCoy, I'm afraid we may be in for another long year on defense.

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CupaJoe I too feel Aldrege is that guy. I understand this is chat on recruits too and take nothing away from any back on the roster now. He has the correct attitude and worked like a dog running those sand dunes.

 

Throw in a great line some tall receivers, another back QB?? and Charlie will have weapons galore.

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I could see the Irish being, dare I say it, a carbon copy of the 2005 USC team in about two years. An unreal offense that can consistently light up the score board, but a defense that gives up plenty of points. In two years, our big boys recruited this year on the OL will be in the trenches, and any defensive stars that we hope to recruit next year, will still only be freshmen, and likely not ready to contribute fully. Guess we'll see.

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do not forget how good the d guys we got in this class are this secondary is going to be really good, and Mo and Toryan are going to be two really good lbs, and even the d ends can play, especially wade who looks to be a lot like justin tuck....ill give the lack of dt's but the rest of the D in this class is good and are going to make a big time impact in the future....ill give you we need more because we have no depth on D but this class will play early and will make an impact

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CupaJoe: That was my take on this years recruting. Keep the Offense ahead of the wolf pack and gradually build up the D. Gambling the O can stay ahead and make up for D defincies.

 

That does put Minter in a bind some wishy washy ND Fans grew disgruntled at him 2005. If you look at the over all progess it is good. But both are Veteran Coaches and understand the business.

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What I like about this recruiting class is the LB's.Man its been a while since we had such impacted players at LB.And looking at the LB we are recriutung for 07 is fantastic.So,I believe that ND recruiting is looking brite for the present and future classes to come..

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Nation's Best Already Visiting Jones

Pete Sampson

 

If this recruiting pace keeps up, Andre Jones might get his wish.

 

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle from El Paso, Texas wants to wrap up his recruitment in short order, and for Jones that means a commitment could come soon after a top scholarship arrives in his mailbox. Jones holds early offers from New Mexico State and UTEP, but based on the flow of coaches walking through Andress High School lately, that number figures to rise.

 

Notre Dame defensive line coach Jappy Oliver stopped by Andress this week, as did coaches from, LSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Jones attended a junior day at Texas in mid-January after working out at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio earlier this month.

 

Jones received an invitation to Notre Dame's junior day on Jan. 14 but couldn't make the event. Even though he's never been to South Bend, Jones knows plenty about the Irish because he grew up in Indianapolis, Ind., before moving to El Paso with his parents at the start of his high school career. Jones said most of his extended family still resides in the Hoosier State.

 

"It's just a great program and especially a great program to get your education," Jones said. "With their new coach coming in, that means he's going to be there at least five or six years and I'll be there for those four or five years. That makes me really want to be at Notre Dame."

 

Jones said the Irish stand in his top three alongside Texas and Texas A&M. An offer from any one of the three could end Jones' recruitment before it really gets started.

 

"I'd probably commit within a week of the offer," Jones said. "I'd need to sit down and talk to my family. It's really about who offers me first."

 

Jones said he'd be "selfish" to let his recruitment drag through his senior season because he wants to focus exclusively on improving Andress after the team finished 7-3 last year and lost in the first round of the state playoffs. The other issue prompting Jones to commit early is the fact he plans to graduate from high school in December.

 

"I feel like I'm going to get a high school degree and I feel like I could get on campus in January, go through spring ball and have a better chance for playing time as a true freshman," Jones said.

 

The desire to graduate high school early also stems from Jones wanting a change of scenery from El Paso. He said he's seen teammates run into off-field trouble during the past few seasons, which Jones said inspires him to work hard in the classroom and the football field.

 

When Jones saw his inclusion in the Rivals.com Top 100 juniors list, it crystallized his desire to move on to bigger and better things. Jones said he'd be the first member of his family to graduate from college.

 

"It's a blessing to be up there in the Top 100," Jones said. "It motivated me to make all A's and B's this semester. I've got to run with what I've got. I can't fall to the streets and lose everything. That's what happens out there."

 

Jones plans to take the SAT this weekend.

 

As for his skills on the field, Jones said he's a fan of Reggie White's game, although his athletic role model isn't a football player.

 

"I like to see myself like Michael Jordan and be somebody that's just amazing on the defensive line," Jones said. "I feel like I can be the No. 1 defensive tackle coming out of college."

 

Jones said Notre Dame will be back to El Paso during the May Evaluation Period and that he'd like to attend the Irish summer camp along with a return trip to Texas.

 

"Notre Dame, Texas and [Texas] A&M would be my top three so far," Jones said. "My coach said it looks good with Notre Dame and that they're real interested. I really want to go to Notre Dame. It really depends on who offers me first."

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Guest SirJohn

:D Sounds like a top kid Jk.

 

Don't be surprised if Weis and Minter have not already been to hish home or school this week. Last I caught up with Weis and Minter they were going through Ohio, Kentcky, Tenn and into Georgia. If they truely want him they would include Texas.

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Guest irishrick

I THINK THAT WERE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF GOOD YOUNG TALENT AFTER THIS YEAR, AS EVERYONE WANTS ON A WINNER, YOU WILL SEE THAT NOTRE DAME WILL BE IN THE TOP 3 JUST ABOUT ALL YEAR, If LSU and Ohio state stumble you will see the Irish in first or second behind Florida, which had a very good year and coach Meyers will make a lot of orange juice down there with all that speed that he has recruited, we could have Irish and Florida in the bcs bowl. just think about it, also a replay of the bowl game with Ohio state., providing that we beat a tough Purdue team.

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