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Oct. 28, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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football recruiting Irish Hit Recruiting Trail Hard In October That situation changed in October, and there is no need to ask that quesotre Dame has earned the right to tion any more. The Irish staff hit the be choosy. Not only is the presti- recruiting trail harder, arguably, than gious university selective with the any school in the country, and the bye students they accept, week Oct. 12 played a but also the football key role. coaching staff is very Over the first two particular regarding the weeks of October, 11 scholarships they offer class of 2015 recruits to prospective studentpicked up offers from athletes. the Irish. Heading into October, On Oct. 2, Hothe Irish coaches had ofgansville, Ga., fourfered 33 high school justar athlete Terry Godniors from the class of Gladwater, Texas, five-star defensive win received an offer 2015. Fans of the Notre tackle Daylon Mack, the nation's from Notre Dame. Dame football program No. 25 overall junior according to 247Sports ranks the and intense recruiting 247Sports, was one of 11 class of 6-0, 165-pound recruit followers were frantic 2015 prospects to receive an offer as the No. 47 prospect about the low number from Notre Dame during the first two in the nation, the No. of offers being issued weeks of October. photo courtesy 247sports 7 athlete in the counand concerned that the try and the No. 6 coaches were falling behind for many player in Georgia. of the nation's top junior prospects. On Oct. 3, the Irish offered a scholarTo offer a few comparisons, the ship to Gladwater, Texas, five-star deClemson football program has offered fensive tackle Daylon Mack. 247Sports 107 players in the 2015 class, North ranks the 6-2, 310-pounder as the No. Carolina has offered 92 scholarships 25 recruit in the country, the No. 6 deto recruits, Florida State has offered 90 fensive tackle in the nation and the prospects and Ohio State has offered No. 4 player in Texas. 75 student-athletes. Three prospects picked up offers The question that troubled Notre during Notre Dame wide receiver Dame recruiting followers was: Why coach Mike Denbrock's trip out to are the nation's elite programs offering California. On Oct. 9, Newbury Park, recruits way before the Irish coaching Calif., four-star offensive guard Zach staff offers them? Okun and Encino, Calif., four-star By Tom Loy N

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