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ant8004-21-2006, 05:00 PM

ESPN http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/news/story?id=2416943


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jimmy Clausen, the most acclaimed California prep quarterback since John Elway, will verbally commit to Notre Dame on Saturday.


Scouts: Unique prospect Clausen possesses rare tools and comes from a solid QB pedigree. At this stage, few players possess his physical traits. Reminds us of John Elway at the high school level when he came out of California. Click here for an in-depth evalution from Scouts, Inc. (http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=36206&season=2007) http://sports.espn.go.com/i/in.gif

Clausen's decision was first reported by ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz. Clausen, a high school senior-to-be, will make his announcement at 8:30 a.m. local time at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend.

According to sources, Clausen chose the Irish over USC so he could be mentored by coach Charlie Weis; he is now the front-runner to replace the graduating Brady Quinn as Notre Dame's starter in 2007.

Clausen, 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds, has thrown 88 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions in his past two seasons at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif., his team averaging 53 points a game. He is 27-0 as a starter, has completed 68 percent of his passes over the last two years, has thrown for 7,234 career yards and will have one of his high school games televised live next September on ESPN2.

He is the younger brother of recent Tennessee quarterbacks Casey and Rick Clausen, although both brothers say Jimmy is more accurate, more unflappable and more polished a player.

"He's better than both of us right now," Rick Clausen has said.

Weis, the former Patriots offensive coordinator, first saw film of Clausen last summer, as a sophomore, and quickly made him his No. 1 recruiting priority. Weis went on to sign two quarterbacks from the Class of 2006 -- Zach Frazer of Pennsylvania and Demetrius Jones of Chicago --- but turned down a chance to sign the class's No. 1 QB prospect, Arkansas' Mitch Mustain, so he could save room for Clausen in 2007.

Clausen, who has a 3.3 GPA and has taken courses at Ventura (Calif.) Junior College so he can graduate high school early, will enroll at Notre Dame in January and be eligible for next year's spring practices. He is currently working out with a strength coach four days a week, has put on 20 pounds over the last four months and is committing early to the Irish so he can lure other premier recruits to South Bend.

Two of the top wide-outs from the class of 2007, Arrelious Benn of Washington, D.C., and Mark Barnes of Columbia, S.C., are expected to be on the Notre Dame campus when Clausen commits, and sources say Clausen will ask them to join him. Also on hand Saturday, for Notre Dame's annual spring game, will be Clausen's high school teammate, Marc Tyler, who gained 2,196 yards and scored 39 touchdowns last season. Tyler is the son of former Rams running back Wendell Tyler.

USC had been high on Clausen's list because of its overall talent level, and Clausen, at one time, was concerned whether Weis could recruit similar athletes to Notre Dame. But, this year, the Irish landed two mammoth offensive linemen -- 6-foot-8, 305-pound Sam Young of Fort Lauderdale and 6-foot-5, 360-pound Chris Stewart of Klein, Texas. Those recruiting coups, plus Weis's NFL pedigree, helped win him over.

Clausen visited with USC coach Pete Carroll as recently as Wednesday, but Clausen, according to people close to him, had already made up his mind to go to South Bend.

Tom Friend is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine.




Found this on another board thought that ya'll would love to read it..Man i',m going to have to get up and see if i can catch some kind of news on TV hear..Man this news is great... :drunk:

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Ron Powlus arrived with Beano on his back, Clausen arrives with this tattooed on his chest.





Similar hype; major differences.


Powlus had multiple QB coaches of questionable capability. Clausen will has two of the best QB mentors.


Powlus had a great option coach trying to transition to a passing game and a mediocre head coach with no offensive philosophy. Clausen has a great offensive pro set head coach with an established system.


Powlus played during a time of coaching strife where the OLine Coach wanted a SmashMouth Offense rather than the Head Coach's Blarney Offense. Clausen will play in a proven program with ALL the coaches on Charlie's Page.


Powlus arrived as Vinny Cerrato's guys were finishing up. Clausen arrives as Charlie's Kids take over.


Powlus had Derrick Mayes. Clausen will have the finest receiving corps ND has ever assembled.


Powlus played when Monk and Beauchamp turned down the volume on football. Clausen arrives after Jenkins shook down The Thunder.


Powlus sustained two broken bones on the field. Stay healthy Jimmy!


A committed OLine Coach and the best OLine material since the days of Ruddy, Taylor, and Norman should take care of that.



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Friday, April 21, 2006

Who Wants Some Kielbasa?

We've got some hot steamin' sausage from the internet, as the rumor mills are churning out spiced stuffed pig-anuses (or is it ani?) at maximum capacity. Turns out a trusted source heard the mayor South Bend talking about overhearing someone whose cousin saw the Super Human Gentleman Warrior Prince Jimmy Clausen at 31 Flavors last night, who mentioned something about a possible meaningful announcement that might or might not occur at a press conference tomorrow at 8:30 AM.


Speculation is running rampant, reaching a full head of steam after a long winter of whispers and rumors surrounding a possible announcement at the Blue-Gold game. We're not going to get worked up about anything, but festering curiosity has ensured we'll be in the area around the time of the alleged hullaballoo, just in case. The House Rock Built will make an effort to stay on the cutting edge of this wild-assed rumor.







Update: Looks like the rumor ain't a rumor no more. Slainte! We're packing up the Road Queen for the trip to South Bend, but more updates will follow as things develop.

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Commits to Notre Dame

Top-rated quarterback prospect from Oaks Christian chooses Fighting Irish over USC.

By Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer

2:55 PM PDT, April 21, 2006



Westlake Village Oaks Christian junior Jimmy Clausen, ranked by most recruiting services as the top quarterback prospect in the class of 2007, has committed to Notre Dame, his private quarterback coach, Steve Clarkson, confirmed Friday.


Clausen is in South Bend, Ind., on an unofficial recruiting visit to watch Notre Dame spring scrimmage on Saturday. Clarkson said Clausen's father, Jim, left him a phone message saying Jimmy had made the decision to choose the Fighting Irish over USC.



The 6-foot-3 Clausen passed for 2,778 yards and 30 touchdowns while completing 67% of his passes last season as a junior. In 2004 as a sophomore, he passed for 3,665 yards and 57 touchdowns. He's considered a better prospect than his older brothers, Casey and Rick, who started at quarterback for Tennessee. He cannot sign a letter of intent until February of 2007.


Notre Dame had been considered the favorite to land Clausen because its quarterback, Brady Quinn, will be a senior this fall. USC has a close quarterback competition between junior John David Booty and redshirt freshman Mark Sanchez.





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April 21, 2006



By CSTV.com Staff




The top-rated recruit in the Class of 2007 will hone his skills under Notre Dame offensive guru Charlie Weis, as CSTV.com's Tom Lemming is confirming that QB Jimmy Clausen will announce his verbal commitment to the Fighting Irish at 8:30am on Saturday in South Bend. Clausen, who will attend Notre Dame's Spring game on Saturday afternoon, had also been heavily pursued by USC and head coach Pete Carroll.




The 6-3, 207 pound Clausen is unbeaten as a starter in his high school career, having led Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA to a 27-0 record over the last two seasons. He has thrown for over 7,000 yards with 88 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his career with 57 touchdowns last season.




Notre Dame brought in two highly-rated quarterbacks in the Class of 2006, with Demetrius Jones (#39 in the Lemming 100) and Zach Frazer (#79) entering as freshman this coming September. The Fighting Irish will be led by Heisman Trophy favorite Brady Quinn this fall.




"The track record when schools bring three guys in so close together is that at least one will transfer quickly," said Lemming about the logjam.

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It is official! Clausen is Irish!


it wasnt broadcasted but ESPN just wrote in article quoting it


The reward came Saturday. Clausen, now a high school senior-to-be and the most acclaimed California prep quarterback since John Elway, verbally committed to the Fighting Irish during a news conference at the College Football Hall of Fame.

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some good quotes from the ESPN article this morning


"The deciding factor on this whole thing was Coach Weis," Clausen told ESPN prior to his news conference. "If you look at what he's done with all the guys he's coached, like Tom Brady, and what he's doing right now with Brady Quinn in one year, it's pretty special&I'll never forget that day he showed up at school. I didn't know he was coming. School starts at 7:45, and right at 8 o'clock, he was in my coach's office, waiting to see me, and even though I wasn't allowed to speak to him, I thought that was really special, because he was the first guy there."


"We went down to Notre Dame that day, and told me I was his guy, and he was going to recruit me during the whole process. And that's pretty much what happened. He said I was his guy from Day 1. He stuck to his word, showed up at my high school and I was the only guy he offered. That was pretty special, too."


"Again, he stuck to his word," Clausen said. "He didn't go with Mitch Mustain because I was his guy and he wanted me."


"That's one thing that I was worried about, 'Can they recruit guys in?' '' Clausen said. "And coach Weis just said, 'I can get guys in.' And, again, I'm trusting him that he's going to stick to his word. He stuck to his word with me the whole time, so I think he'll do the same for that. I want to play with the best athletes, and that's just what I want to do. SC has the best athletes right now in college football, and I want that to change, and I think I'm starting to change that by committing to Notre Dame."


"Yeah, this is a business decision," Clausen said. "My two older brothers did this, and their dreams were to get to the NFL, and their dreams pretty much got shattered. And I think that's what's making me work so hard is to get there, because they didn't get the chance, or opportunity to. I think that's what drives me the most. The NFL is what I want to do, that's how I want to make a living, and after seeing my brothers not get to the NFL, every time I want to stop lifting a weight, it just makes me keep lifting. It drives me a lot.


"If you want to go to the NFL, you've got to want to work. You want to be the best you can be. And that's what I'm striving for. I guess I'm the No. 1 player in the nation this year, and I hope to stay that way, and I'm going to keep working as hard as I can to keep that stature. And once I get into college, I want to be the No. 1 player in college. And hopefully I can get to the next level and become the No. 1 player there.


"And part of getting there is choosing coach Weis. Honestly, I think it pretty much just just came down to coach Weis for me. Any high school quarterback would want to play for coach. There's something about him. He's from New Jersey, so he's got a little swagger to him. Kind of like me."

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To go back up to the QB comparison between Powlus and JC...


Think of what might have been if Randy Moss had not screwed things up... Derrick Mayes on one side and Randy Moss on the other, two players that would demand double teams. Pete Chryplwicz, an underated tight end, could have had a field day in the middle. Marc Edwards and Autry Denson would have had all kinds of running room and Ron would have lived up to his potential.


Of course, I also agree that ND was the wrong school for RP, he was never going to thrive in the option style that ND had been using.

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Somebody really worked the media in this case.... I mean the fact the it was JC's presser in South Bend made me confident he was Irish.


But I KNEW when I saw the source.... Ok, when was the last time that Lou Holtz broke a big recruiting story. I'm going out on a limb here.... NEVER.


I also do not think that Lou was hounding the Clausen's to get the story.


We always talk about CW having IT and knowing ND.... I think that the way this came down shows that JC has IT. The most hyped prospect since... well forever. The Lebron James of "college football", best QB to come out of Cali since John Elway, etc.


He announces before the B&G game at the College Football HoF with 20 top recruits in town, many of them top 100 players. Then he keeps it hush hush until the day before when he leaks it to Lou Holtz.... The last great ND coach (and only announcer other than Herbstreet that had our back last year).

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Of course, might have been cool if he leaked to Mark May that he was going to Pitt... May would have been all over the place gloating, just to learn he was wrong AGAIN.

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April 22, 2006




Mike Farrell

Rivals.com Football Recruiting


On Saturday morning in South Bend, Ind., arguably the biggest college football commitment in over a decade took place when Westlake Village (Cali.) Oaks Christian quarterback Jimmy Clausen pledged to Notre Dame. Fittingly, Clausen made his announcement at the College Football Hall of Fame, where images of Irish football legends abound.





Clausen committed to Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday.

"I committed to Notre Dame," said Clausen when making his announcement in front of a standing room only crowd and tons of media. "I'd like to thank all the other schools and wish them the best of luck and would like to thank coach Weis for having the confidence in me during the recruiting process."


Clausen chose the Irish over Southern Cal and talked about many of the reasons for his decision.


"It all comes down to coach Weis, you know, throughout the whole process he was straightforward with me," he said. "I knew about a week ago that this was the right decision for me and I talked to my family and they agreed. What I remember the most is that on the first day a coach could go out and visit, coach Weis was at my school looking at a junior and not a senior. That really left a mark in my heart. I told coach Weis yesterday after practice and he was very excited.


"Ron Powlus is another reason I came here. He was highly recruited and we have a good relationship right now. My older brothers have been through it all and I'm just trying to follow in their footsteps."


Like Clausen, a slew of stud recruits are on unofficial visits to Notre Dame this weekend for the Irish spring game. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback hopes to convince a few to commit as well.


"I want to get out to the spring game and meet some of my future teammates," Clausen said. "I look forward to doing whatever I can to help us win the national championship."


And does he think he'll play as a true freshman in 2007?


"I want to the be starting quarterback and I'll do everything I can to do that."





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Good call by Clausen





Jimmy Clausen didn't get overwhelmed by the dog-and-pony show Notre Dame put on for him and the rest of the high school All-Americans it invited on unofficial visits this weekend in conjunction with its annual Blue and Gold spring scrimmage.

He didn't hear anything from Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown at a luncheon Friday, or fall at the feet of Super Bowl winner Jerome Bettis, who was invited back to his alma mater this weekend to underscore the Irish's proud tradition.


No, Clausen already had all the information he needed and he played this one as coolly as he does quarterback, with a quick, accurate read.


At Notre Dame, the Oaks Christian of Westlake Village standout will be the heir apparent to junior All-American quarterback Brady Quinn. At USC, two quarterbacks with similarly impressive credentials stand in the way.


"A lot of it is timing. 'SC has obviously already got (junior) John David Booty, (redshirt freshman) Mark Sanchez and (incoming freshman) Garrett Green. That's a lot of quarterbacks," said Sean Wiser, Clausen's friend since middle school and a wide receiver at Oaks Christian. "Jimmy's coming to Notre Dame at the exact right time."


The opportunity to work with Fighting Irish head coach Charlie Weis, who is loaded with impressive NFL credentials, was a big factor. But it probably was more of a reason the Irish became a finalist for Clausen, the No. 1 recruit in the country, than the decisive reason he picked them over the Trojans.


USC has a history of playing true freshmen if they are up to the challenge. No one is saying Clausen isn't. But why make it hard on yourself at one place when success is virtually guaranteed at another?


All you have to do is look at Booty's career at USC to see how a can't-miss prospect can get buried behind a more experienced starter.


Booty graduated a year early from high school to be able to compete for the starting job as a true freshmen. Carson Palmer was off to the NFL and three unproven quarterbacks waited in the wings.


Matt Leinart was named the starter after spring practice, but there was a perception on campus that he was just keeping the seat warm for Booty. Of course, it never worked out that way. Leinart turned out to be a lot more than a benchwarmer.


Nothing is guaranteed at Notre Dame either, but you couldn't think of a better set-up.


Clausen is on track to graduate early from Oaks Christian and enroll at Notre











Dame in time for next year's spring practice, when the competition to replace Quinn will begin.


Clausen's decision likely will have a domino effect across the country. Quarterback Mike Paulus, the brother of Duke basketball guard Greg Paulus, has expressed interest in Notre Dame. Probably a slim chance he'll be going there now.


"The rest of the country can fall in line with (Clausen)," said Oaks Christian running back Marc Tyler, one of the highest-rated running back prospects in his class, who is at Notre Dame with Clausen and fellow teammate Casey Matthews this weekend.


Said Wiser: "No quarterback is going to want to go where the No.1 quarterback is going if they want to see the light of day on the field."


Quarterbacks might shy away, but everyone else will want come play alongside him. Don't be surprised to read about the Irish signing a handful of blue-chip wide receivers this year.


It'll also have a domino effect at Oaks Christian, where at least seven other seniors are expected to accept Division I scholarships.


"I've never had a class like this," Oaks' Christian coach Bill Redell said. "At Crespi, we might've had six guys go on to Division I, but not on one team, or one class. This is special."


Now that Clausen is off the board, people can start paying attention to those other players: Tyler; Wiser; Matthews, a linebacker; wide receiver/defensive back Marshall Jones; lineman Duke Lemmens; lineman Michael Ebbitt; and defensive back Anthony Gildon.


Not that any pressure is off Clausen. He might have committed early, but the hoopla continues.


"I think it does take a little bit of pressure off him on one hand," Redell said. "But it puts more on him in another if he's going to be the heir apparent at Notre Dame."


Ramona Shelburne covers high schools for the Daily News. Her column appears Saturdays

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