Upon Further Review

Again, I can’t stress enough how important it was to put together back to back to back recruiting classes. Notre Dame’s inconsistent and lazy recruiting efforts since Lou left have been as much a source of failure as coaching through three regimes.

Thankfully, Weis has figured this out and his team’s tireless work means Notre Dame won’t experience the same downturns the next three years.

For perspective from 2003-2005 Notre Dame signed 13 four and five star players. We signed 19 this year, 13 last year and 12 the year before. So in each of the last three years we’ve about equaled or bettered the talent brought in over the previous years collectively(many of whom have transferred.)

It’s also important to note that the current players had a critical role in bringing in the talent this year. For example, Jimmy Clausen pushed for Dayne Crist who turned out to be the glue that held this class together. Without Clausen’s unselfish assistance (since Crist will compete with him) this class might never have come together or stayed in tact.

Just an outstanding all around job, especially so after reviewing UND.com provided highlights. Here there were a few surprises.

The first is Kapron Lewis-Moore(KLM.) I was one of the many who wasn’t real impressed with Kapron Lewis-Moore’s junior tape. His senior film shows a completely different player, who plays lower to the ground gets great penetration and shows much better closing speed. Given his frame, KLM could be prove to me an important late add much like Brian Smith was last year. There had to be a reason Texas offered him.

Another pleasant surprise was David Posluzny, a Jack linebacker candidate. Poz showed impressive speed and very good instincts on his film. Size still remains a concern as he did have some trouble fighting off blocks, but he could be a Stonebreaker type leader in the future. Guys like Poz, Cave and Golic remind of former leaders like Stonebreaker, Heck and Pritchett.

The 6’7″ Joseph Fauria is “one big muchacho” as Weis said, but he’s also surprisingly fast and agile. Fauria 6’7″ and Rudolph 6’6″ will form an imposing tight end duo. Hopefully they can learn to block ASAP as they’re going to be needed early this season.

John Goodman isn’t as much of a surprise, but what was surprising was the ease with which he plays and his body control. Don’t be surprised to see Goodman play QB in a spread look at some point for a change up either.

The point here is that even the players who weren’t ranked highly (four) are still very good players have a chance to grow into leaders in the future.

Eyes are smiling around NDNation. Congrats to Bama as well, but let’s take a look at class comparisons when the season starts… my guess is that every ND kid will be on the roster — I very much doubt all 32 Bama recruits will be on their team.

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5 Responses to “Upon Further Review”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Have to agree on KLM. The highlights they showed on the UND.com show were much more impressive than what they had on Rivals. Not sure if those were Senior and Junior, respectively.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Kudos to Charlie and the staff in not just recruiting a top class but holding on to just about everybody during a tough year. Also kudos to the recruits for showing a level maturity and commitment that we don’t see often enough from much sought after recruits.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    But why no kickers ??????

  4. Anonymous Says:

    my only concern is how they’re going to incorporate both great TE’s into the mix.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    The man we call “Rock” died in a plane crash in March of 1931. There is a memorial to him in a farmer’s field and a small group of Kansans’ maintain the memorial and over the years have tried to create a Rockne Mueseum. Easter Heathman who was the last living person to be at the crash scene died recently. It is requested that anyone interested in the seeing the Rockne Museum become a reality send a donatiuon to the

    Chase County Historical Society
    PO Box 375
    Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845
    “In memory of Easter Heathman for the Rockne Muesum”

    Thank you on behalf of the Heathman and Rockne families,

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