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10:03 AM ET 06.03 | Outside linebacker Jaylon Smith, of Fort Wayne, Ind., announced after Saturday's one-day event at Trine University that he will play his college football at Notre Dame, picking the Irish over Ohio State and USC. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Smith, the 13th player to commit to Notre Dame's recruiting class of 2013, is rated the top linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, and the No. 4 player overall.

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Brian Kelly, Icon SMI Brian Kelly, Icon SMI
June 3, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Win some, lose some.

I hear the Trogans already have a pretty good class....

June 3, 2012  10:22 AM ET

We win again, Lord its hard to be humble.

GO IRISH ! ! !

June 3, 2012  10:41 AM ET

Go Irish!

June 3, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Go Irish!

Kid comes from Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne. They've been a football powerhouse. He'll do nice things up in South Bend.

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June 3, 2012  11:22 AM ET

You want to be humbled? Look at your record over the last 20 years. Average at best.

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June 3, 2012  11:50 AM ET

Fort Wayne Ind, close to home, high school sweetheart can easily visit often. Awesome i say!

June 3, 2012  11:58 AM ET
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You want to be humbled? Look at your record over the last 20 years. Average at best.

What planet do you live on!? Now go say five Hail Mary's and I might let you bow down and kiss my ring.

June 3, 2012  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Win some, lose some.I hear the Trogans already have a pretty good class....

You betcha.

June 3, 2012  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You want to be humbled? Look at your record over the last 20 years. Average at best.

"Average at best?" For Domers, it stinks.

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June 3, 2012  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

We win again, Lord its hard to be humble.GO IRISH ! ! !

No BCS wins ever

Last time less than 3 losses - 1993

June 3, 2012  12:54 PM ET

It says a lot about the allure of ND that even with its recent past record, top players choose them over more (recently) successful programs.

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June 3, 2012  01:10 PM ET
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The kid grew up as pretty much a local. This is like a kid who grew up in Byan, TX picking the Aggies over Michigan.That doesn't hold true for kids who grew up in Lubbock. Going to school somewhere else means at least 4-5 years away from that godforsaken hell-hole.

I'd pick anybody over Michigan.

June 3, 2012  01:28 PM ET

Time for some popcorn. One thought for the domers on the QB position-Gunner does not seem to fit well with with Kelley's offense while 2013 commit Zaire does. How do you see it?

June 3, 2012  01:38 PM ET
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"Average at best?" For Domers, it stinks.

For any supposed "top" program it stinks. ND hasn't been relevant in years. No BCS wins?!?!? NBC would have better ratings showing "Housewives of South Bend" on Saturday afternoons.

 
June 3, 2012  01:40 PM ET

It's good to have some local guys on a national team. And it looks like THE premier rivalry in all of college football--the most glamorous by far--is on the cusp of being re-established: University of Southern California versus The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

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