Early Preseason Opponent Rankings, Part I

In part one of a three-post series, let's take a look at Notre Dame's 2018 opponents ranked by their preseason S&P+ ratings. Beginning with the toughest five games on the schedule, what elements are driving these preseason ratings, in a positive or a negative direction, for each team? How does each team look in terms [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|Football|5 Comments

2019 Recruiting: SDE/DT Hunter Spears Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class picked up its fourth commit and second blue-chip defensive lineman yesterday when Hunter Spears announced for the Irish. The 6'4", 280-pound Texas monster visited for the USC game last season and again for the cycle's first junior day a few weeks ago. Notably, he's the fourth commit from that USC [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Football, Recruiting|21 Comments

Don’t Be a Martyr, Be Smarter

I may have told this story once or twice somewhere before that on my honeymoon in August 2014 my wife pretended that some Notre Dame football players were suspended after I got out of the shower. We were completely off the grid for a week with no cell phones and television full of local news, [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Football|19 Comments

2018 Recruiting: Secondary Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Wednesday, we discussed our grades for the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions; Thursday, it was the big boys, offensive linemen and tight ends; Friday, we graded the front seven. In [...]

By | February 17th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

2018 Recruiting: Front Seven Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Wednesday, we discussed our grades for the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions; yesterday, it was the big boys, offensive linemen and tight ends. Today we move over to the [...]

By | February 16th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

2018 Recruiting: OL, TE Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Yesterday, we discussed our grades for the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions.; today, we'll dig into the big boys, the offensive linemen and tight ends. Enjoy! The transcript of [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|3 Comments

2018 Recruiting: QB, RB, WR Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. This is the first post of a four-part series that will dive into a little more detail on the class, giving each of Eric, Jaden, Tyler's, and my grades and comments [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|3 Comments

Uniform Concept: 90’s Jacket #2

Here's our 34th uniform concept for Notre Dame football. For the second time in this epic series we're taking some inspiration from the wonderful styles of 1990's jackets. In case you missed the first concept, you can view it HERE. Jackets like the one shown below were inventive for being some of the first Notre [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Football|7 Comments

Reviewing My Early Guess at the 2018 Recruiting Class

Some of you may remember that at this time a a year ago (to the date, actually) I put out a Way (Way) Too Early Guess at Notre Dame's 2018 Recruiting Class. It projected big things for the Class of 2018, including a Top 10 finish in 247 Sports Composite Team Rankings. Well, I got [...]

By | February 10th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

Closing With A Bang: The Final Notre Dame 2018 Recruiting Class

The 2017 Close, If It Was On Steroids The Irish staff closed the previous recruiting cycle with a flurry of activity; they busted their tails to snag a few key guys late and avert disaster. That close was impressive, but the way the staff closed elite prospects early and then snagged some potential contributors on [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|33 Comments

2018 Recruiting: CB Noah Boykin Signs With Notre Dame

Noah Boykin joined the 2018 Notre Dame bandwagon when he signed with the Irish today. The 6'2", 170-pound prospect out of our nation's capitol committed to Maryland back in July, but given his actions Maryland was probably a safety net - after that commitment, he visited Notre Dame, Virginia, USC, and Florida. He finally decommitted [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|27 Comments

2018 Recruiting: WR Lawrence Keys Signs With Notre Dame

The 2018 Notre Dame class added one last receiver today when Lawrence Keys sent his letter of intent to South Bend. The 5'11", 160-pound Louisiana speedster took an official visit in January that made a big impression on him and his mother. He had interest for a long time but couldn't work out a visit; [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|1 Comment

2018 Recruiting: OT Jarrett Patterson Signs With Notre Dame

The 2018 Notre Dame class topped off its offensive line haul today when Jarrett Patterson signed his letter of intent. The 6'5", 285-pound Californian chose the Irish over a late push from local favorite UCLA; Jeff Quinn deserves substantial credit here, as former OL coach Harry Hiestand had no contact with Patterson and Quinn had [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

2018 Recruiting: CB D.J. Brown Signs With Notre Dame

The 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class had a much-needed addition today when cornerback DJ Brown signed with the Fighting Irish. The 6-1/185 pound athlete out of Washington DC's St. John's College was an Under Armour All American this year and is the former teammate of current Notre Dame defensive end Kofi Wardlow. Recruiting Service Rankings [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|8 Comments

2018 Recruiting: RB C’Borius Flemister Signs With Notre Dame

The depth chart at running back is looking a bit less scary now, as Georgia running back C'Borius Flemister (C'Bo for short) has decided to flip from Georgia Tech and commit to the Fighting Irish. The 5-11/200 pound athlete out of Zebulon's Pike County High School is the second running back to sign with Notre [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|14 Comments