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08:25 AM ET 06.04 | Jaylon Smith made himself lucky No. 13 for the Notre Dame 2013 recruiting class over the weekend, and he's out to grow that number himself. The charismatic Smith said Saturday that he's already gone to work on a handful of players who are in ND's crosshairs. ... Smith mentioned cornerback Vernon Hargreaves of Tampa, Fla., and linebacker Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing, Pa., as players he's targeting. Hargreaves is ranked as the nation's No. 9 player by Rivals.com and Anzalone No. 49. Add to that group, according to Wiltfong, linebacker Michael Hutchings of Concord, Calif. Hutchings is rated as the nation's 51st-best player. With Manti Te'o graduating, linebacker is among ND's biggest needs.

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June 4, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Why would a good player go to a school that is insignificant in football?

June 4, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why would a good player go to a school that is insignificant in football?

1. You'll get a school that takes pride in educating their athletes with meaningful degrees. 2. You're playing for the most recognizable "brand" in college football. 3. You're playing on national TV EVERY week. Shall I continue...?

June 4, 2012  09:35 AM ET

If it don't work out for Smith as a player he is already in training for a coaching position.

June 4, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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1. You'll get a school that takes pride in educating their athletes with meaningful degrees. 2. You're playing for the most recognizable "brand" in college football. 3. You're playing on national TV EVERY week. Shall I continue...?

Preach it, Brother!

Go Irish!

June 4, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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1. You'll get a school that takes pride in educating their athletes with meaningful degrees. 2. You're playing for the most recognizable "brand" in college football. 3. You're playing on national TV EVERY week. Shall I continue...?

He's going to the SEC?

June 4, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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1. You'll get a school that takes pride in educating their athletes with meaningful degrees. 2. You're playing for the most recognizable "brand" in college football. 3. You're playing on national TV EVERY week. Shall I continue...?

just don't expect to win anything.....what are notre dame's last 3 BIG wins??? they can't even beat the TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE!

June 4, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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just don't expect to win anything.....what are notre dame's last 3 BIG wins??? they can't even beat the TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE!

Tulsa? Seriously? Tulsa? Tulsa!!!!!

June 4, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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just don't expect to win anything.....what are notre dame's last 3 BIG wins??? they can't even beat the TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE!

Beating the Trojans in the Coliseum in 2010 wasn't bad...

June 4, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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He's going to the SEC?

My point #1 (see comment # 6) pretty much eliminates the entire SEC...

June 4, 2012  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

My point #1 (see comment # 6) pretty much eliminates the entire SEC...

1st round of NFL pays pretty good......just sayin'

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June 4, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why would a good player go to a school that is insignificant in football?

Maybe he has never been pepper-sprayed or smacked a cop and wants to experience all of that?

June 4, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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1st round of NFL pays pretty good......just sayin'

True, but he can play right away at a place like ND. He would have guys in front of him for a few years in the SEC.

June 4, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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1st round of NFL pays pretty good......just sayin'

I see your point. Pretty much every player in the SEC is a first round pick in the NFL draft. No need to bother with a degree there...

June 4, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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Vandy laughs at you

The "pretty much" in my comment made an allowance for Vandy...

 
June 4, 2012  10:50 AM ET
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Maybe he has never been pepper-sprayed or smacked a cop and wants to experience all of that?

All part of the college experience...

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