This weekend is Notre Dame's annual end-of-season banquet. This is the time to honor the players and give another memory for the seniors to depart with as they finish up their Fighting Irish career.
But, there is also another reason that historically has been the keystone of the program. Before the Internet age and high school players committing to a college as early as their junior year, the time in December was a crucial recruiting point for Notre Dame. Holtz swept recruits off their feet and had them land squarely in South Bend at an astonishing rate because of this banquet.
Times have changed, but the banquet is still an important recruiting tool for Notre Dame. This year, the Fighting Irish have a visit list of eight prospects. Six prospects have already committed to Notre Dame for 2009 and all look to be very solid and should sign their letters of intent on National Signing Day. Those prospects are:
There will also be two very important recruits that Notre Dame covets signatures for as well. Those two are:
Custis represents the last hope for the Irish to land another top defensive lineman, and Opurum is a brand new name to some as the Irish had been looking at a couple of other fullbacks. Opurum may be new to our ears, but Notre Dame offered him quite some time ago.
Hopefully the Fighting Irish will be able to land these two uncommitted players and help strengthen the depth chart for 2009 and beyond.
Wonder what they are eating?