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This is the time when the four stars normally make their decisions.  While the five stars are wondering which school will propel them to the pros the fastest and in better shape, the four stars are looking for a place that will make them better football players.  While most of the five stars are still considering numerous schools, the four stars are starting to commit.  The recruiting crew (Charlie Weis, Corwin Brown, Brian Polian) have picked up on this and have been recruiting like no other.  They have been snagging quality players left and right.  Wide receivers Brice Butler and Michael Floyd are both seriously considering Notre Dame.  Jimmy Clausen and Demetrius Jones are already intact, and now they may have big time targets.  The offense will be great if the line can hold up.  The running game is superb with Armando Allen, Robert Hughes, Junior Jabbie, Travis Thomas, AND James Aldridge.  Will Jabbie and Thomas are serniors, Aldridge is a sophmore and Hughes and Allen are freshman.  The quarterbacks are young, and the only other starters graduating are John Sullivan and John Carlson.  They have filled many positions of need, and they will adress those issues later in the recruiting process.  Let me give you a rundown of some of Notre Dame's top recruits.

Kyle Rudolph/*****/TE-This is an interesting signing.  Most thought that Notre Dame would be done recruiting tight ends with Konrad Reuland and Will Yeatman being prized recruits just one year ago.  However, Rudolph is just too good to pass on.  He is very big at 6-6, 229.  He is moderatly fast as he runs a 4.6 40.  He is from Cincinnati and is the number one ranked tight end in the country.  He shot down Ohio State and Tennessee, among others, to go to Notre Dame.  In Coach Weis' system, tight ends are cruicial.  That means that he will get good playing time from day one.

Rudolph, Kyle  Rudolph

Dayne Crist/****/QB-This is another suprising signing.  There is no question why the Irish would want him.  He is a pro style quarterback who is very accurate.  The question is why he would sign here.  He will have to compete with Clausen and Jones from day one.  He will contend for the job, but it will be an uphill climb.  His style fits better in Weis' system than Jones, but Jones is more of a playmaker.  Crist has moderate mobility, rushing for 500 yards in his junior year.  He turned down offers from Stanford, USC, and Oregon.  He is from Sherman Oaks, California.  Hopefully he will be given the shot he deserves.  He is a quality QB, and he could start for almost all Division I schools.

Crist, Dayne Crist

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