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    Articles concerning ND's 2013 prospects..........

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    Who are the top players at this point in time? Others to watch? We give you an early look into the state of Michigan for 2013, and as a bonus, drop a few names for 2014 too.

    The Battle for #1
    This race for number one may be the hottest since Devin Gardner and William Gholston a few years ago. Right now, Warren DeLaSalle quarterback Shane Morris and Midland's offensive tackle Steven Elmer are, in my book, neck and neck.

    Morris is a fireball thrower with an exceptional arm and two years of varsity experience under his belt. He has also been great at national events this summer, impressing nearly every where he goes. If I had to choose right now, he would get my early nod.

    That said, Elmer has been gaining. He has had a great summer as well, adding multiple offers after great camp performances. He's a 6'6, nearly 300-lb kid who ran a 5.04 forty at Wisconsin and moved as well in drills at Michigan and Michigan State's camps as any other big man I've seen this year. He also began showing that mean streak we wanted to see from him in 1-1s.

    The great thing about both guys is, they're great kids and student athletes as well who will represent the state of Michigan well. Left tackle and quarterback are typically two of the most sought after, important positions in football, and both of these guys have the goods.

    Other Blue-Chippers
    As I see it, in no particular order, the next few guys are Cadillac offensive tackle Riley Norman, Detroit Catholic Central fullback-linebacker-lineman Wyatt Shallman, and Grand Blanc linebacker-defensive end Luke Maclean.

    Norman is a 6'7, 320-lb kid who moves very well and already has a Michigan State offer. He has quite the green and white background, with both parents as alums, so we expect he will be a Spartan come due time. Shallman can play all over the field and has offers from Michigan, Cincinnati and Syracuse. He will have to find a true position, but he's an impressive athlete. Maclean recently received his first offer from Buffalo, and we do not think it will be the last for the nearly 6'4, 235-lb Maclean. He also did very well at Michigan and Notre Dame's camps and could play inside, outside or put his hand down come college.

    Right on their heels are Birmingham Brother Rice linebacker Jon Reschke, and Detroit Cass Tech's offensive lineman David Dawson and defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs. Reschke had a good summer, receiving an offer from Toledo. He moved well when we saw him in drills and although he played defensive end last year, looked like a true linebacker when we saw him over the summer. Dawson, an offensive tackle, is a guy we think may end up at guard, but always does well in camp settings and has good overall technique for a young guy. Gibbs is athletic and fluid with great feet. He will need to get a little bigger (6-2, 275), but he's a Division-1 prospect.

    Lansing Eastern offensive tackle Joshua Crim has a great frame at 6'8, 255-lbs, and we believe he could be a BCS level prospect. Grand Blanc's Daniel Davis, a 6'3, 230-lb defensive end put himself on the map after a nice summer camp performance at Michigan State.

    On Their Way
    - Detroit Cass Tech's Jourdan Lewis recently earned offer number one from Toledo. He stands 5'8, 165-lbs, so he isn't huge, but he's a good athlete who played corner, receiver and returned kicks for Cass last season.

    - Detroit Country Day's Poet Thomas is a 6'6, 295-lb defensive tackle who is nimble and has good film, but showed he still had technical work to do this summer. We think he could have a future on offense as well. Another potential two-way lineman to watch is Crockett's Jalen Dandridge, who will end up as a four-year starter and can play either side of the ball at 6'2, 290-lbs. One offensive lineman already holding an offer is Canton's Cameron Dillard (Eastern Michigan), a run blocker extraordinaire who has improved his pass blocking by leaps and bounds as the summer has gone on.

    - Portage Central's Nate Jeppersen, a 6'3, 265-lb guard already has offers from Central Michigan and Western Michigan. Detroit Cass Tech's 6'7, 305-lb Dennis Finley has great potential, and this will be his frist year seeing major playing time, so we're excited to see how he develops. Another offensive lineman we like is Vinnie Palazeti, a 6'4, 280-lb guard from Flint Powers. Ann Arbor Skyline's 6'4, 270-lb Dvon Ballard is receiving some Division-1 (FBS) attention.

    - Farmington Hills Harrison receiver Gairus Coleman has two offers (Cincinnati, Bowling Green) already and has had a great summer. He's quick, has great hands, and creates separation despite being just 5'9. Other receivers on the radar include Montague's Brandon Moore, who is a legit 6'3, 190-lbs and is a mismatch for most of his competition. Macomb Dakota's Bryan Basilico has good ball skills in a 6'2, 175-lb frame. Brandon Bean from Southfield had a nice sophomore year and has solid size aat 6'0, 185.

    - Farmington safety Isiah Gourdine has burst onto the scene this summer. 6'2 with good ball skills, he could be a receiver as well, but has proven to be a Division-1 prospect. Another who has emerged this summer is Manchester quarterback Nate Bossory, who has performed well and put himself on the map. One more quarterback who fits into that boat is Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard's Mason Sarosi, a 6'3, 180-lb kid who started hearing from a lot of schools this summer.

    - Flint Carman-Ainsworth running back Gerald Holmes is a good looking prospect at 6'0, 190-lbs. We have to see more of him, but he passes the eye test and looked like a player in the film we've seen so far.

    - On the west side, watch out for Holland's Corey Willis, a 5'10, 165-lb athlete who could play defensive back or slot receiver. Muskegon Orchard View offensive tackle Dillon Laase has a nice, 6'5, 265-lb frame and was busy on the camp circuit this summer. His teammate, cornerback Marcus Smith is another to watch.

    - The best overall prospect in West Michigan might just be West Ottawa's strong legged kicker Bryan Holmes though.

    - Detroit Crockett's Desmond King is playmaking cornerback who had nine interceptions as a sophomore. Detroit Frederick Douglass' Demetrius Stinson is another Motor City defensive back we like.

    - Two linebackers we've liked in person and on tape are Grosse Pointe South's Jack Doyle and Jackson Lumen Christi's A.J. Abrams.

    Early Names for 2014
    Chance Stewart - QB - Sturgis (6-5, 210)
    Damon Webb - WR - U of D Jesuit (5'11, 165)
    Jake Khoury - DT - Traverse City St. Francis (6'3, 272)
    Byron Bullough - DB - Traverse City St. Francis (5'10, 170)
    Connor Hayes - OL - Traverse City West (6'3, 260)
    Jordan Van Dort - TE - Zeeland West (6'5, 240)
    Derek Brown - OL - Yale (6'4, 280)
    William White - LB - Detroit Cass Tech (6'1, 215)

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    Demetrius Stinson 2013....I was impressed as well when I seen his film !

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    ... Yep, not an article or on point with anything said above except the mention of the name. Makes sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiganFan View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42EogK_WQF4
    Demetrius Stinson 2013....I was impressed as well when I seen his film !
    When I seen this it was all I needed to seen.
    Irish Guard - GH Division

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    http://247sports.com/Article/Ohios-d...for-long-31247 (free)

    Are doors opening for other schools to come into Ohio and win recruiting battles with Ohio State?

    Just temporarily.

    With the NCAA cloud covering the Ohio State football program, the Buckeyes have had a couple hiccups - several top in-state prospects in the class of 2012 appear to be heading to other schools.

    However, things should be sunny again by the time the class of 2013 begins making moves.

    Ohio State is set to go in front of the NCAA on Aug. 12. Any resulting sactions would be expected about two months after the appearance. The Buckeyes administration has already administered self-imposed penalties by putting the program on two years' probation and vacating all 12 wins from the 2010 season. Whatever the penalties, it shouldn't threaten OSU's recruiting in the junior class and beyond.

    The top junior prospect in the state, Dayton Trotwood-Madison defensive back Cameron Burrows, hasn’t been shy about naming Ohio State his leader. He also has offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and UCLA. He was back in Columbus for a visit on Tuesday.

    Pushing Burrows for the No. 1 spot in the state will be Middletown athlete Jalin Marshall. He is also very high on his offer from the Buckeyes. Illinois, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are a few of the other programs that have already extended a scholarship.

    “We were just talking about that yesterday,” Marshall’s father, Richard, said. “I read yesterday some of the things they were doing, and in two years it should all be getting back to normal when he’s getting ready to go. (Jalin) really minimized that whole situation. He was not affected by that at all. It’s so early, you never know what’s going to happen two years from now. He didn’t care and said it wouldn’t affect his decision.”

    In fact, Ohio State has set the bar for Marshall and what he’s looking for, and he’s comparing every offer and visit to the Buckeyes program.

    “We’ve been there more than any other place,” the elder Marshall said. “I encourage Jalin to go to other places and have places to compare it to, and you’ll know if this is the place you want to be. Ohio State is still high on his list.”

    Hudson linebacker Ben Gedeon’s first two offers came from Michigan and Penn State. Rounding out his current top three is Ohio State. Burrows teammate at Trotwood-Madison, athlete Michael McCray has early offers from Purdue, Syracuse and Toledo. However, Michael Sr. was a captain for the Buckeyes, and OSU is his son's favorite at this point.

    Ohio State was one of the first programs to offer standout two-way Youngstown Fitch lineman Billy Price, and the Buckeyes are in good shape with him and touted defensive end Taco Charlton - although they haven’t offered the Pickerington (Ohio) Central standout yet.

    “It really hasn’t taken effect with me, especially since the sanctions haven’t come out,” Charlton said about the NCAA's scrutiny of OSU. He has offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Syracuse and UCLA. “It would definitely be a school I want to go to. That’s not the one school I’m set on, but it’s definitely a school I want to have a possibility of going to.”

    In the past, Ohio State’s recruiting philosophy has obviously been to lock up the top talent from its own neck of the woods, and then go after select players on the national level. In 2012 it hasn’t gone that smoothly.

    Former Top247 commit Kyle Kalis reneged on his Buckeyes pledge and gave his word to Michigan over the weekend. Top247 defensive end Tom Strobel was an Ohio State guy all the way, but will instead join Kalis in Ann Arbor. Another Top247 defensive end, Greg McMullen, was 50/50 between Nebraska and Ohio State before choosing the Cornhuskers. Top247 offensive tackle Kyle Dodson is headed to Wisconsin.

    Ohio State currently has nine commits, all coming from in-state. But seeing four of the top prospects in state head elsewhere isn’t a normal thing for Buckeyes fans.

    Top247 running back Brionte Dunn has softened on his Ohio State commitment. Don’t expect things like that to be a normal thing down the road.

    In the class of 2012, the Buckeyes could still land Top247 defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo. Also look for Ohio State to continue to land its top out-of-state prospects in the junior class, beginning with possible blue-chippers Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers and Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green.

    Whether it’s interim coach Luke Fickell earning the job in Ohio State for good, or a big-name coach or hot name taking over in 2013, plucking top talent out of Ohio will soon be very tough again for rival programs.

    “From my perspective, I do believe they’re going to go back to how they were in being a top program in the nation,” Price said. “I do agree they’re going to go back to where Ohio State football normally is. I have not crossed them off my list. Just because of a few problems, doesn’t mean I’m kicking them off.”
    It was left out of the article but ND has verbally offered Burrows and Marshall........... Haters!
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    Four recruits of ND's 2013 class.........just kidding................................or maybe not.

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    ND could end up with 3 of them. Not sure if Bosch ever gets an offer.

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    Early 2013 5* from 247sports.....................

    http://247sports.com/Article/The-fir...for-2013-36629 (free)

    The season has not even begun for many high school football players across the country. College programs are barely out of two-a-day practices. But from the SEC to the Pac 12, commitment lists for the class for the class of 2012 are filling up at a accelerated rate. Many of the top programs in the country are already putting the finishing touches on 2012 and looking forward to the class of 2013.

    As college coaches start to turn their attention to the next crop, so has 247Sports. Prior to the release of the Future247, we take a look at the eight players in the junior class that have already separated themselves as five-star prospects in the class of 2013.

    (listed in alphabetical order)


    Reuben Foster

    Vitals: Inside linebacker, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County, 6-1/230

    Why he is a five-star: Since his freshman season, Foster has been considered one of the top linebackers in the state of Georgia regardless of class. One of the hardest hitting players in the country, Foster has an amazing nose for the football and accelerates through contact. Instinctually, Foster is one of the top linebackers we’ve seen in several years.

    Recruitment: An early commitment to Alabama, Foster is off the market but that won’t slow down opposing coaches. In particular expect Georgia to give chase throughout the next year and a half as likely the one school that could give Alabama any reason for concern.

    Derrick Henry

    Vitals: Running Back/Athlete, Yulee (Fla.) High School, 6-3/232

    Why he is a five-star: Simply put, Derrick Henry is one of the best athletes in the country right now regardless of class. At 6-3, 232 pounds, he was laser-timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40, jumped a 38 inch vertical and had a 4.27 shuttle at Nike’s The Opening. Oh yeah, and Henry has also rushed for over 5,000 yards in his first two seasons of varsity football. On the next level, Henry could project at running back, tight end, defensive end or linebacker.

    Recruitment: Henry ended his recruitment early with a July commitment to Georgia but he will have plenty to think about between that commitment and signing day. Despite the inevitable interest and communication from other national programs, Henry is currently very solid in his commitment to the Bulldogs and has already built strong relationships with some fellow commitments.

    Michael Hutchings

    Vitals: Outside linebacker, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, 6-2/215

    Why he’s a five-star: Hailing from one of the most storied high school programs in the country, Hutchings is a high-effort, high-intensity linebacker that flies around the football field. A hard-hitter at the point of attack who also excels on offense on the high school level, Hutchings shows great instincts and is a perfect fit for the weakside linebacker role.

    Recruitment: Hutchings already holds offers from most of the Pac-10 as well as several national programs. He insists that he is currently open but the in-state programs look to have the early leg up. He grew up a big fan of the USC program but California is also very much in the picture as is UCLA. Hutchings’ fellow linebacker at De La Salle, Michael Barton is currently a Cal commit in the 2012 class.

    Jalin Marshall

    Vitals: Athlete/Quarterback, Middletown (Ohio) High School, 6-0/190

    Why he’s a five-star: Though he plays quarterback in high school, we feel Marshall projects best to wide receiver or defensive back on the next level and his 1,400-plus yards rushing from under center is a good indication of why. One of the most exciting players in the class of 2013 with the ball in his hands, Marshall is incredibly creative and has the versatility to hurt opponents in numerous ways.

    Recruitment: Currently, Marshall lists Notre Dame and Ohio State as his top two programs but has offers from around the country and his list is growing. Ohio State has always been a favorite for Marshall but the Irish have found themselves firmly in the mix in his recruitment.

    Robert Nkemdiche

    Vitals: Strongside defensive end, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, 6-4/265

    Why he’s a five-star: There are many that believe that Robert Nkemdiche may be the best prospect in the country this year, regardless of class. Some of those sentiments rest within the 247sports staff. Nkemdiche is a physical specimen. He weighs 265-plus with hardly any fat on him, has the ability to play off the edge, or move inside and play defensive tackle. He even lines up at running back in his high school’s run-heavy offense. Nkemdiche has all the makings of one of the top prospects we’ve seen in a long time.

    Recruitment: Though he is not close to making a decision, Alabama is the clear favorite early in the process. Ole Miss made a play for his signature by signing his older brother, Denzel Nkemdiche as a late addition to its 2011 class and Georgia will give chase along with much of the rest of the country.

    Jaylon Smith

    Vitals: Outside linebacker, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers, 6-3/215

    Why he’s a five-star: On the hoof, Smith has the kind of frame you want a young outside linebacker to have, he has length and plenty of room for added weight. Smith is also a terrific athlete that sheds blocks with ease, plays with great leverage and is a great striker. Though he likely projects at outside linebacker or possibly even defensive end, Smith also plays running back in high school. In his first game of 2011, Smith rushed for 222 yards three touchdowns.

    Recruitment: Smith currently holds offers from the likes of Indiana, Tennessee, Purdue, Mississippi State and Ohio State. Although Smith won’t publicly admit it, it’s hard to believe that Ohio State doesn’t have the edge in his recruitment. Smith’s brother, Rod is a redshirt freshman running back for the Buckeyes.

    Laremy Tunsil

    Vitals: Offensive tackle, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia, 6-6/265

    Why he’s a five-star: Unlike most offensive linemen on the high school level, Tunsil is a well-put-together prospect with very little bad weight, long arms and an ideal frame, Already Tunsil has dominated players much older than him both in pads on Friday nights and in camp settings as well. Tunsil is a prototypical left tackle prospect that has all the tools to be a dominating pass protector.

    Recruitment: Tunsil named Florida State as his leader following a recent visit to Tallahassee, noting among other factors his draw to the tough coaching style of Rick Trickett. However, Tunsil has a coast-to-coast offer list from the likes of USC, Notre Dame and many more.

    Thomas Tyner

    Vitals: Running back, Beaverton (Oreg.) Aloha, 6-0/207

    Why he’s a five-star: Tyner is a north-south runner with terrific size and physicality. He can run through defenders or he can run past him. In fact, Tyner’s exploits on the track rival his football ability as he sports a 10.43 100 meter best, a state record. On the football field, Tyner rushed for over 1,800 yards and helped lead his Aloha program to a state championship.

    Recruitment: With offers coming in from all over, Tyner will go through the process but likely ends up in state at either Oregon or Oregon State. The Ducks have a leg up due to their renowned track program and the likelihood of Tyner playing both sports on the next level.

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    Top 247 for 2013............http://247sports.com/Recruit/Ranking/247/2013/Football

    The release of the Future247 for the class of 2013 is here. With the class of 2012 already moving towards completion, college coaches are beginning to look to the class of 2013 and the Future247 has many of the names that will begin to surface as top targets for the next cycle.

    Listed by state, the 247 names comprising the list is led by 34 names out of the state of Texas, and 33 names each out of Florida and California. Ohio and Georgia both look strong in the class of 2013 with 21prospects on the list from each.

    Virginia should have a banner year for talent in both 2013 and 2014 and with 11 prospects out of the state on the Future247, the Old Diminion State is sixth in overall numbers. Alabama and Louisiana follow with ten prospects each.

    Already several schools have made a big splash in the 2013 class, most notably Georgia, Alabama and Texas A&M. The Bulldogs lead the way with four commitments already out of the Future247 led by one of eight early five-stars, Derrick Henry out of Yulee (Fla.) High School. Henry is joined by quarterback Brice Ramsey, wide receiver Tramel Terry and safety Tray Matthews.

    Texas A&M has snagged three in-state prospects that found their way onto the release including athlete Ty Slanina, wide receiver Jamar Gibson and quarterback Kohl Stewart.

    Alabama is the only other program with at least three commitments on the list with tight end O’Terrius Howard, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and early five-star linebacker Reuben Foster.

    Deep quarterback year

    Based on early returns, there could be plenty of quarterbacks to choose from in the class of 2013. The Future247 features 32 dual-threat or pro-style quarterbacks. While many of those prospects will likely fall out of the 247, it remains a drastic contrast to the previous few classes.

    In the class of 2012, only 13 quarterbacks made the cut in the most recent Top247 update. There were only 14 quarterbacks in the final update of the Top247 for the class of 2011. Quarterback is a position that allows plenty of opportunity to evaluate and quarterbacks often emerge earlier than many other positions, by that start contrast in numbers still bodes well for a strong year for passers in 2013.

    Just-missed five-stars

    At such an early stage in the process, five-stars were handed out very sparingly. With eight prospects earning the initial five-star nod, there were plenty that were heavily discussed that just missed the cut.

    Perhaps the closes prospect to landing on the list was Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights offensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson. Though his recruitment has yet to really take off, his size and athleticism blend has wowed the 247Sports staff has put him near the top of numerous college radars.

    Also on the offensive line, Midwest prospects Ethan Pocic and Steven Elmer both were under heavy consideration. Two massive linemen with a run-blocker’s mentality, Pocic and Elmer are both likely to have their choice of schools.

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    Notre Dame currently resides at thirteen commitments for the class of 2012. While Notre Dame works towards finalizing the class of 2012, the foundation for 2013 and 2014 began to develop long ago.

    The recruiting process becomes more accelerated each year. Recruits that did not yet take their driver’s test accept scholarships to major institutions such as Florida, Texas A&M and Georgia. Recruiting simply changed within the past fifteen years. Notre Dame, finally, made the change as well. Now, the previous Irish coaching staffs did make inroads with juniors, but the current Irish regime took junior and even sophomore and freshmen recruiting to another level.

    The process begins and ends the same way: film and personal evaluation. While college coaches need contacts from the various contacts within the media and high school coaching ranks, each staff still must make their own evaluations. The current Irish staff offered a handful of players that entered their sophomore year, already! Crazy? Perhaps. Reality? Indeed.

    Some recruits just emerge earlier than others. With that notion in mind, here are a few recruits to keep in mind for the future, beginning with the players Notre Dame appears to be ardently pursuing for the class of 2013.

    Notre Dame offers: 2013

    This list does not intend to be complete, but rather provide an overview of some of the talented 2013 recruits that Notre Dame offered to date.

    Adam Breneman, TE, 6-5, 220, Camp Hill, PA. This young man might be the best tight end in the country for 2013. The early leader appears to be Notre Dame, but do not discount Penn State. The Nittany Lions will be a factor. Due to Breneman’s talent level, he will likely receive offers from across the country.

    Matt Alvitti, QB, 6-0, 180, Park Ridge, IL (Maine South). After this young man’s film makes the rounds, look for his stock to rise. Alvitti’s athleticism allows him to move well within and outside the pocket. He throws well on the run and he’s capable of making big runs once he breaks contain. The rumors are that Alvitti is a possible early commitment to Notre Dame. Who knows. He’s a bright kid and Northwestern, of all programs, could end up being Notre Dame’s biggest competition (the Northwestern degree value being intriguing to Alvitti).

    Ty Isaac, RB, 6-3, 205, Joliet, IL (Catholic). Isaac plays for the traditional Notre Dame-feeder school just outside of Chicago. He’s a big back, but Isaac utilizes quickness and an excellent jump step to elude defenders in space. A big play threat, Isaac continues to be mentioned prominently with the Irish.

    Steve Elmer, OT, 6-6, 290, Midland, MI. Elmer holds strong ties to the Irish program, but he’s also from the state of Michigan and very familiar with the University of Michigan. He’s made multiple treks to both institutions. Elmer is more of a power player that’s likely to end up at RT or possibly RG once he reaches the collegiate level.

    Ethan Pocic, OT, 6-6, 280, Lemont, IL. It appears that the greater Chicago area will be really good in 2013, at least with the top prospects, and Pocic will be one of the best from that group. Illinois will be a school to watch, as Graham Pocic plays for the Illini and he’s the older brother of Ethan.

    Jalen Marshall, QB/ATH, 6-0, 180, Middletown, Ohio. With the off the field issues at Ohio State, Notre Dame and other programs hold a greater chance of signing talented Ohio prep targets. Marshall is an electric player with the ball in his hands. He would be dynamic as a slot wide receiver within Brian Kelly’s offense, but Marshall will probably want an opportunity at playing quarterback in college. Marshall’s recruitment could be interesting. Which school(s) offer him a guaranteed chance to be a signal caller? Notre Dame and Ohio State earn the most mention with Marshall as of today.

    Eli Woodward, CB, 5-11, 165, Voorhees, NJ (Eastern). One of the better cornerbacks back East, Woodward already earned offers from Purdue and Ohio State in addition to the Irish. Despite his sub-170-pound frame, Woodward plays physical. He fits the mold of the cornerbacks that the Irish defensive staff covet.

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    The state of Indiana became football crazy with the help of Peyton Manning and the Colts. More and more Indiana high school players now play football than ever before. Here are two recruits that possess and excellent chance to end up with offers from Notre Dame and a host of other programs.

    Jaylon Smith, OLB, 6-2, 205, Fort Wayne, IN (Bishop Luers). His brother is a running back at Ohio State. Despite the family ties to Columbus, Smith holds Notre Dame in high regard. He’s one of the better athletes in Indiana regardless of class.

    Elijah Daniel, DE, 6-3, 250, Avon, IN. Although living in the west Indianapolis suburb of Avon, Daniel and his family hold strong ties to Dixie. It will be interesting to see if he takes a mix of official visits to schools down South and up North, or just concentrates on one particular region of the country.

    There will be a handful of other Indiana prospects that Notre Dame recruits, but it’s a bit too early to definitively state which ones will earn that distinction.

    2013: Dixie, The Lone Star State & The Golden State

    Notre Dame offered several class of 2013 recruits from down South, Florida in particular. With Tony Alford and the excellent group of Irish assistant coaches that recruit Dixie for the Irish, Notre Dame will continue to sign some talented players from SEC states. The bigger question derives from Texas and California, will the Irish continue to make inroads into both of those vastly talented states? With Southern California suffering scholarship restrictions, Notre Dame’s chances of signing top California talent should continue to be better than normal. Texas will be difficult, as always, but signing even two Texans per year will benefit the Irish roster.
    This list is already out of date and it's only two days old. 2013 recruiting will really start to heat up on Thursday September 1st.

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