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Sept. 29. 2014 Issue

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FOOTBALL RECRUITING BY TOM LOY N obody could have predicted such a dominant performance by Notre Dame in the 31‑0 win over Michigan. Many prognosticators believed that the two rivals would play a close, hard‑ fought battle and one side would steal the victory late in the fourth quarter. That wasn't what occurred in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish put on a show against one of their rivals, and the effort couldn't have come at a better time for the Notre Dame coaching staff. Many of the top Irish targets across the 2015 and 2016 classes were in attendance, and the atmosphere blew many of them away. Plano (Texas) West four‑star running back Soso Jamabo — who has the Irish, Baylor, Texas A&M and UCLA standing out — got a chance to see Notre Dame in action for the first time since his short trip to Dallas for the Shamrock Series game against Arizona State last season. "It was great to finally get out and see a game. It was really fun," the 6‑3, 210‑pounder said. "It was me, my best friend, my two brothers and my parents. I heard a lot of good things, and it lived up to the hype. "The student section was real wild. It wasn't a surprise because Notre Dame is such a major program, and I figured the fans would be really passionate. They really lived up to it. They supported the team the whole time and were really excited to see us, as recruits, during the walk before the game." According to sources close to the situation, Notre Dame is in terrific shape with the elite running back, who rushed 30 times for 482 yards and six touchdowns in a 63‑49 victory over Sachse (Texas) High Sept. 5. He will visit UCLA Oct. 11, when the Bruins take on Oregon. A decision could come Elite Prospects Flock To South Bend For Notre Dame-Michigan Game Plano (Texas) West four-star running back Soso Jamabo visited Notre Dame for the Sept. 6 game against the Wolverines and came away impressed with the results. PHOTO COURTESY 247SPORTS

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