Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 2, 2015 Issue

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

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UNDER THE DOME premier showcases for recruiting. Once upon a time in recruiting in decades gone by, official visits were taken mainly after the season. These days, they occur for the actual football games. A v i c t o r y i n s u c h cases doesn't hurt, al- though all-time Notre Dame career receptions, yardage and touchdown catches leader Michael Floyd (among others) committed to the Irish shortly after the 38-0 de- bacle at home to USC in 2007. At least 15 official vis- its were planned for the Oct. 17 clash with the Trojans, and that was not even including more than a half-dozen play- ers who already have issued verbal commit- ments to Notre Dame. That led to an inquiry about whether Kelly and his staff were spread- ing themselves too thin with so many visits, and whether they would pre- fer a more limited num- ber. "We always do — and we always break that rule," Kelly said. "Every year we sit down and go, 'We're only going to take 13 [visitors]; we're only My passion is running. Teaching students the importance of fitness is my goal. IRISH. I AM

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