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Coach: Spirit, Athleticism Drive GustinPremium FB Recruiting

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Joel Higginson has at least one advantage over college coaches. The head coach at Salem Hills High School in Salem Hills, Utah has the luxury of moving Porter Gustin around and playing the 2015 athlete on both sides of the ball, something coaches at the next level won’t be able to do, at least not with the kind of freedom ... Read More »

Booker Sees Special Teams PotentialPremium Football

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Scott Booker has the unenvious task of figuring out how to right the Fighting Irish special teams ship in 2014. Not that it all falls in his lap to get things headed in the right direction, but as the special team’s coordinator he receives his fair share of criticism (and at times, praise). Booker is also ... Read More »

Gustin A True AthletePremium FB Recruiting

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Porter Gustin can do it all, well at least college coaches seem to believe so. Often, a high school prospect is listed as an athlete if he can play receiver or defensive back, but there’s really no other way to list Gustin, a 2015 prospect from Salem Hills, Utah. The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder is being recruited at several positions on both ... Read More »

Simmons Appreciates Irish OfferPremium FB Recruiting

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Lakeland Christian (Fla.) running back, T.J. Simmons, has really been building up a lot of steam in the recruiting game and according to those close to him it’s pretty easy to see why. “He’s fast, very fast, and to tell the truth, he’s probably one of the fastest kids I’ve ever coached,” said Lakeland Christian assistant coach Danny Williams. “He ... Read More »

Irish Players Use Summer For Growth and BondingPremium Football

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – With spring practice coming to an end last Saturday with the annual Blue-Gold Game, it’s time for the players to enjoy a nice, long break before reporting for fall camp in August. Wait, what? That’s not right? Okay, okay, so maybe I’m stretching the truth a little bit. Actually, I’m stretching it a lot. In all ... Read More »

ISD Intel

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This week’s ISD Intel –our weekly peek behind the scenes of the Notre Dame program and Irish recruiting efforts – is now live. This week, we look down the road at Notre Dame’s quarterback prospects in the Class of 2016. The Irish have several signal-callers on the early list, but we put the spotlight on one who already has a ... Read More »

Abernathy Grabs ND OfferPremium FB Recruiting

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It may not have been a huge surprise, but Micah Abernathy was still excited to learn he was being offered a scholarship to Notre Dame by Irish assistant Scott Booker last week. “I was talking with Coach Booker and he delivered the good news,” the 2015 Georgia defensive back said. “It was pretty casual, pretty cool.” The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder from ... Read More »

Chalk Talk: Blue-Gold Game – DefensePremium Football

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The second ‘Chalk Talk’ from last weekend’s Blue-Gold Game takes a look at the Irish defense and how they performed in their first real test under Brian VanGorder’s direction. I chose a couple of plays that were good examples of how the defense is aligning (or misaligning) under VanGorder. I also highlighted how important man coverage is going to be ... Read More »

Cali Corner Talks ND OfferPremium FB Recruiting

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Ykili Ross has been one of the hottest prospects on the West Coast over the last couple months. In the last two weeks alone, the 2015 California cornerback has picked up offers from Washington, Notre Dame and USC to go with offers the previous month from Oklahoma, Colorado and Oregon State. Toward the end of February, he picked up offers ... Read More »

Tennessee CB Talks ND OfferPremium FB Recruiting

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Notre Dame’s search for cornerbacks in the Class of 2015 brought the Irish to Tennessee late last month as they extended an offer to Cameron Ordway. “I talked with some of the coaches on the defensive staff,” the 6-foot, 174-pounder from Giles County High School in Pulaski, Tenn., said. “They said they loved my film; want to build more of ... Read More »