Celina (Texas) quarterback Nathan Elliott could hardly wait to see Notre Dame in action this past weekend after being invited to the contest by the Irish, so when he arrived in Dallas last Saturday, he was ready to see what this Irish offense was all about.
The first and primary objective of Notre Dame’s game with Arizona State in Arlington, Texas was to secure a victory. The second objective was to make a recruiting splash in Texas. The Irish achieved success on both objectives, defeating ASU 37-34 in a thrilling game and also impressing a number of Texas recruits, mostly juniors. Immediately after the game, Irish Sports Daily caught up with a number of recruits. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Tony James, ATH, 5-10, 155, Bowie High School, Arlington, TX attended the Notre Dame-Arizona State game on Saturday and came away impressed. In fact, James (pictured) made no secret of the fact that the Irish made a significant impact.
“I was really excited when I got there because I hadn’t been to too many college games so far,” said James. “Notre Dame really exceeded my expectations and I was really pleased by what I saw. It was really a great game and I really liked what Notre Dame did out there.”
Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and assistant Martin Ingelsby deserve credit for being the first high-major to develop a close relationship with Bonzie Colson and for being the first major program to extend an offer to the 2014 Rhode Island power forward.
There’s no doubt that gave the Irish a head start and allowed them to show exactly how highly they thought of him as a player and a person. But that wasn’t the chief reason Colson decided to offer the Irish his verbal commitment on Monday morning at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I.
“In the back of my mind, it was always something, but even if they were the first offer or the last offer, I feel like that was the right fit for me,” the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder said.
Notre Dame had a host of players from Dallas’ South Oak Cliff High School at Saturday night’s Shamrock Series game against Arizona State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, including a trio of 2015 prospects.
Running back Jordan Stevenson already holds a few offers, including Texas and Arkansas, while defensive lineman/linebacker Jalen Goss and offensive lineman/defensive lineman Kameron Stubblefield are receiving interest from a host of schools.
All three prospects had a blast at the game.
“It was a nice experience,” said Stevenson, who pointed to the atmosphere and fans inside the stadium. “They’re real supportive and it shows you what to expect on the next level.”
The Notre Dame men's basketball program took a major step toward solidifying its future today with the addition of Bonzie Colson.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound power forward from Rhode Island gave the Irish his verbal commitment on Monday morning at St. Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I.
Colson gives the Irish a pair of frontcourt pledges in the Class of 2014 as he joins Maryland forward Martin Geben, who gave Notre Dame his verbal commitment last month.
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