Monday, May 30, 2011

Irish Go Back To Fresno To Nab Greenberry

By Jake Brown:

It wasn't long ago that Deontay Greenberry had Notre Dame high on his list even without a scholarship offer on the table.
Greenbery's cousin, four-star cornerback Tee Shepard, was already committed to the Irish. There had been a little bit of interest as Greenberry started to make a name for himself on the camp circuit.
West Coast recruiter Mike Denbrock swung through Fresno, Calif., during the first week of May to extend a scholarship offer and, although the Greenberry didn't commit on the spot, it seemed like a formality that he would join Shepard as part of the Class of 2012.
That turned out to be exactly the case. The four-star wide receiver became commitment No. 9 for Notre Dame on Friday, just hours after Virginia safety C.J. Prosise made his own commitment late the night before.
"It was just a matter of time," Greenberry said. "I pretty much knew what I was gonna do. I kind of knew it was gonna be them this whole time. My coaches were kinda getting tired of all the colleges coming up. Since I knew I decided to pull the trigger."
Greenberry chose the Irish over scholarship offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, UCLA, UNLV, Washington and Washington State. LSU, Miami and USC were also interested.
The 6-foot-3, 187-pound prospect joins Florida product Justin Ferguson as the second wide receiver commitment in this recruiting cycle.
"I feel like I can come in and contribute to their offense," said Greenberry, who plans to join Shepard on an unofficial visit to South Bend the weekend of June 11. "Or whatever they want me to do. I just wanna help them, you know?"
Checking in at No. 115 in the initial Rivals250, Greenberry broke onto the national recruiting scene with a standout performance at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas.
Scholarship offers started to roll in and Greenberry backed up his initial ranking with another strong performance at the Stanford NIKE Football Training Camp in Palo Alto, Calif., where Shepard also worked out.
Other programs would likely have joined the mix had Greenberry not committed and they still might. At this point Greenberry is committed but would like to take some visits.
"I'm taking all my visits," Greenberry said. "Of course. I wanna go to some places I've never seen before."

Prosise Becomes No. 8 For 2012

By Jason Sapp:
Notre Dame has added its eighth verbal commitment of the 2012 recruiting class and it comes at an important area of need - safety.

"I committed," Woodberry Forest (Va.) High player C.J. Prosise confirmed with on Thursday night. "I called (quarterbacks coach Charley) Molnar and let him know that I want to go to Notre Dame."
While the decision itself came a bit unexpected, Prosise recently told us that the program moved to the top of his list shortly after offering.
"My interest level in them is definitely high just because it's such a good program and a good school," the 6-2, 190 pounder shared with recruiting writer Will Biggers ealier this week. "They're definitely one of my top schools and are actually at the top of the list."
Within the last 24 hours Prosise reported to 247Sports that he wanted to take visits to Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame before making a college decision, but as he opened his eyes this morning he had a different plan in mind.
"It kind of just happened," he said about making a commitment. "I woke up and felt like it was what I wanted to do. I've been thinking about it all week so I decided to go ahead and commit."
Prosise has stressed the importance of academics in making a decision, and Notre Dame had just what he was looking for.
"No schools compare to them academically or athletically," he said. "It's the kind of school that I can find success both on and off the field and I know it's the right place for me."
Prosise, who is ranked by 247Sports as a three-star recruit, compiled 42 tackles and seven interceptions as a junior, earning him first-team all-state honors. In addition to Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame, he also held offers from Penn State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The Virginia native has yet to travel to South Bend, but he said he's set to take a campus visit on June 4.
Prosise is the second safety commit for the Irish and the No. 8 verbal overall. The other safety is Nicky Baratti of Spring Texas, and he noted that the coaches were looking for one or two more at his position after giving his pledge before the Blue-Gold Game on April 16.
The Irish also have two cornerbacks committed in Tee Shepard of Fresno, Calif., and Ronald Darby of Oxon Hill, Md.


Mark Harrell Becomes Irish Commit # 7

Keith Arnold

May 20, 2011, 2:40 AM EDT

Just as Irish fans were starting to feel a little antsy, North Carolina offensive lineman Mark Harrell brought his recruitment to an end by calling up his recruiting coach Mike Elston and becoming the Irish’s seventh commitment of the 2012 recruiting class. Harrell joins Ohio-native Taylor Decker as the second offensive linemen in the class.
“I’m all done with recruiting,” Harrell told “It feels great to get it all done with. I’m solid on the Irish and just glad to get it done with, move on from there and enjoy my senior season.”
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle had offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Auburn, Michigan and Stanford among a dozen others.
When the South Bend Tribune asked national recruiting guru Tom Lemming about Harrell, he had this early evaluation:
“A good, solid, down-the-line guy,” Lemming told the South Bend Tribune. “A solid prospect. Definitely a Notre Dame type of kid.”
Harrell certainly fits an archetype that head coach Brian Kelly looks for in offensive linemen, with Harrell easily filling the size requirements that come with playing on the offensive line under Kelly and Ed Warinner. It’s good to see every local program chasing Harrell as well, a sign that he’s one of the top prospects in his area — and more success for the Irish in the Carolinas.
While Harrell isn’t listed on any of Rivals’ initial recruiting lists, Harrell’s offers have come fast and furious, with the junior from Charlotte without any offers until he attended the National Junior Combine in January. Like more than a few Kelly targets, Harrell plays tight end for his high school  but will likely give up all skill-position aspirations when he arrives in South Bend.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Michael Floyd Pleads Innocent To DUI Charge

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-Suspended Notre Dame star wide receiver Michael Floyd has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.
Floyd wasn't present Monday when South Bend Magistrate Brian Steinke entered the plea on his behalf. He also set a June 7 status hearing.
Defense attorney William Stanley says he hopes to have a plea agreement in place for Floyd by then.
Authorities say Floyd was arrested March 20 after running a stop sign a block from the school's main entrance. Prosecutors say a breathalyzer test showed Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent-more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving.
Coach Brian Kelly suspended Floyd after his arrest. A Notre Dame disciplinary panel has allowed him to stay in school.
Floyd led the Irish in receiving last season.


Notre Dame football recruiting : Wide receiver Ferguson commits to Irish

Wide receiver Justin Ferguson of Flanagan High in Pembroke Pines, Fla., will commit to Notre Dame, the Miami Herald reported Sunday night.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ferguson had narrowed his list to ND and Florida. Ferguson visited Notre Dame two weeks ago for the Blue-Gold Game.
Ferguson will become the sixth player to commit to Notre Dame's recruiting class of 2012.


Monday, April 25, 2011

"It's A Wrap? Quarterback"- Spring Review

Tim Prister Senior Editor

Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees have some experience, a grasp of the system and the confidence to lead those around them, which puts them at the top of the depth chart heading into the summer.

Crist was just 4-5 as a starter, but he got very little help from the defense against Michigan, Michigan State and Stanford when it allowed 471 yards per game while the Irish rushing attack accounted for just 96.6 yards per game and 3.5 yards per carry. His worst game coincided with the defense's, which allowed 367 yards rushing to Navy. Crist completed a respectable 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,033 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine games.

Rees improved his game during his three regular-season starts - taking a temporary step backwards against USC when he was picked off three times and fumbled inside his own 10. But he led the Irish to a comeback victory over the Trojans and took a huge leap forward in the Sun Bowl when he completed 15-of-29 for 201 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Rees threw 12 touchdown passes and was intercepted eight times on the season while completing 61.0 percent of his passes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Irish's Wood Running More Than Mouth

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Darius Walker did it in 2006. That history doesn't faze Cierre Wood.

"I'm trying to get 2,000 if I can," he says.

Wood has never lacked for confidence. But now he's got the game to go with the talk. And that could lead to big things for the Irish running game this season.

Last year, he was forced into a starting role in midseason after Armando Allen got hurt. Wood, a junior in class who did not play as a freshman, averaged over 82 yards per game and nearly 5.5 yards per carry in Notre Dame's final four games. Not coincidentally, the Irish won all four.