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Weak spot in Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class?

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06:04 AM ET 02.21 | With a program rising up the recruiting rankings the way Notre Dame has, one might expect the Irish to have few glaring holes. If there's a position that could be considered a high priority in the current cycle, [wide receiver] could be it. No, the depth chart isn't in shambles, but there also isn't a receiver on the roster who elicits thoughts of Michael Floyd or Jeff Samardzija. At least not yet. TJ Jones proved all season long that he's dependable, and DaVaris Daniels adapted to the college game nicely in his first season of playing. ... Sophomores-to-be Chris Brown and Davonte' Neal also figure to be significant parts of the passing game. Still, don't be surprised if ND adds two more players to a 2014 group that already includes Justin Brent.

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Everett Golson, Icon Sports Everett Golson, Icon Sports
February 21, 2013  07:02 AM ET

Van, this thread's for you.

February 21, 2013  07:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Van, this thread's for you.

and me TM...GOOOOOO IIIIRRRRRIIIIISSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!

February 21, 2013  07:47 AM ET

and me...just because...

February 21, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Not me

February 21, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Same can be said of Michigan's highly rated recruiting classes. Frankly, it's almost the identical comment.

No one elicts thoughts of Braylon Edwards, Amani Toomer, Jason Avant or even Desmond Howard.

But as we all know . . . games are won in the trenches and both ND and Michigan are loading up in that area.

February 21, 2013  11:00 AM ET

Watching how your favorite team manages its roster can an interesting exercise. How many schollys are they awarding at each position? Are they at or over their limit? Looking at MSU, I see they are at least two over the 85 limit. I also see a lot of tight ends and wide receivers. Therefore, I won't be surprised if a fifth year, seldom used tight end decides to drop football, and go to grad school, or a red shirted freshman wide out decides to transfer.

February 21, 2013  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

and me TM...GOOOOOO IIIIRRRRRIIIIISSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!

You've been on the threads of late, Gariboy. Van's been AWOL. I'm just fishing for a post from the Domers' Domer.

February 21, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Watching how your favorite team manages its roster can an interesting exercise. How many schollys are they awarding at each position? Are they at or over their limit? Looking at MSU, I see they are at least two over the 85 limit. I also see a lot of tight ends and wide receivers. Therefore, I won't be surprised if a fifth year, seldom used tight end decides to drop football, and go to grad school, or a red shirted freshman wide out decides to transfer.

87 for 85 slots? That's some tight management at MSU. Bama's been in the news of late for still having 12 over after netting out those recently afoul of the law. Even Vandy's 8 over this year. Let that sink in. Vandy having 93 for 85 slots... Vandy!

February 21, 2013  12:16 PM ET

We need an essay from Jay Cutler, "How I Used My Vanderbilt University Education."

February 21, 2013  12:37 PM ET

I've made a thousand offensive comments that have been removed, but this is not one of them

Comment #10

I really believe Penn St. should appreciate the NCAA for keeping them. Because if I was running an athletic league, I wouldn't want to be associated with this sort of program or have a program that did the things PSU did.

I just finished watching "Katie" from 10 days ago with Sue Paterno and was totally disgusted with the Paternos and the has been washed-up football player that was defending Joe by saying there's nothing Joe could have done. Apparently Katie had a stroke or something and NEVER mentioned that Joe was told, and admitted to being told, by Coach Mcqueary that he SAW Sandusky having sex with a 10 year old boy in the shower, and then did nothing to follow through on eliminating Sandusky from the PSU campus.

February 21, 2013  12:39 PM ET

I personnaly would prefer to have 4-5 above average
receivers on the roster than to have just one stud
that requires the ball a lot more. I say run your offen.
around 4-5 options instead of having your offense
revolve around one superstar. This keeps everyone
involved and makes your playbook a lot less predic-
table and harder to defend. With Jones, Neil, Brown,
Danials all who proved they could play last year, and
throw in Ferguson, Hunter, Robinson and Fuller who
should provide viable options next year (esp. Ferguson)
So I really like ND's depth at WR even though there
are no superstars, there is a lot of atheletic ability
with good ball skills throughout this roster.

February 21, 2013  12:41 PM ET

Sounds like Redfield could crack the lineup sooner rather than later.

February 21, 2013  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I've made a thousand offensive comments that have been removed, but this is not one of themComment #10I really believe Penn St. should appreciate the NCAA for keeping them. Because if I was running an athletic league, I wouldn't want to be associated with this sort of program or have a program that did the things PSU did.I just finished watching "Katie" from 10 days ago with Sue Paterno and was totally disgusted with the Paternos and the has been washed-up football player that was defending Joe by saying there's nothing Joe could have done. Apparently Katie had a stroke or something and NEVER mentioned that Joe was told, and admitted to being told, by Coach Mcqueary that he SAW Sandusky having sex with a 10 year old boy in the shower, and then did nothing to follow through on eliminating Sandusky from the PSU campus.

DK, overkill. Not doing any good on unassociated threads.

February 21, 2013  01:36 PM ET

Van/Gariboy

It another stellar year! Pull it together and we are in the hunt again!!!

GO IRISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 21, 2013  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You've been on the threads of late, Gariboy. Van's been AWOL. I'm just fishing for a post from the Domers' Domer.

Been real busy chopping wood and keeping the fire going, its a cold winter season out here on the central plains.

Three 4 star recruits,, WR William Fuller,, WR Torii Hunter,, WR Corey Robinson will be household names after one of the best coaching staffs in the country gets their hands on em.
And with the help of 5 star RB Greg Bryant sprinting free from out of the back field,, well its a one way ticket for a shot at the Title once again.

"And there's a magic in the sound of their name,
HERE COME THE IRISH OF NOTRE DAME"!!!

February 21, 2013  03:37 PM ET

Really pointless newspaper story; the SB Trib is streaching.
It's CFB, the young kids step up when the former class moves on. Who knows who will emerge next season, but it is unlikely the IRISH won't have a passing game with some good targets.
I agree with Van, not a thing to worry about.

February 21, 2013  04:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

"And there's a magic in the sound of their name; HERE COME THE IRISH OF NOTRE DAME!!!"

Good to see you, Van.

February 21, 2013  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

87 for 85 slots? That's some tight management at MSU. Bama's been in the news of late for still having 12 over after netting out those recently afoul of the law. Even Vandy's 8 over this year. Let that sink in. Vandy having 93 for 85 slots... Vandy!

B1G rules don't let you get too far above the limit.

February 21, 2013  05:35 PM ET

They need to replace the most awesomest linebacker ever.

 
February 21, 2013  09:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

They need to replace the most awesomest linebacker ever.

Ouch!

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