Blue and Gold Illustrated

January 2015

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

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FOOTBALL RECRUITING BY TOM LOY T he Notre Dame coaching staff did a terrific job with the nearly two- dozen recruits that were on hand for the program's annual end-of-season awards banquet. In addition to 13 of the 21 Irish 2015 commits as of mid-December, six top targets from across the country were in South Bend for the event. With Notre Dame expected to sign as many as 25 prospects this cycle, this was the final major recruiting weekend taking place prior to National Signing Day on Feb. 4, 2015. The top target in attendance was Las Vegas Bishop Gorman four-star tight end Aliz'e Jones, who has been com- mitted to UCLA since Nov. 24, 2013. This was the 6-4, 222-pounder's fourth visit to South Bend and second since his pledge to the Bruins. There is a great deal of optimism from sources close to the Notre Dame program that Jones could flip to the Irish Make Strong Impression On Top Targets During Banquet Weekend Las Vegas Bishop Gorman's Aliz'e Jones — the nation's No. 1 tight end according to 247Sports — has been committed to UCLA since November 2013, but he was on hand for Notre Dame's awards banquet and is a candidate to flip to the Irish. PHOTO COURTESY 247SPORTS

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