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Nov. 16, 2015 Issue

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

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BY ANDREW IVINS If there's one position that has been the Achilles' heel for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail over the years, it has been defensive end. The Irish have circumnavigated the country in pur- suit of top prospects that can rush the quarterback from the edge, but have found limited success at securing im- pact players. "In five years, we have had good d e f e n s i v e l i n e m e n h e re , " N o t re Dame recruiting coordinator Mike Elson said in August. "We have been able to sign good defensive linemen, but it's just a different position. "I think our evaluation process is pretty solid. It's just on an individual Irish Land Sought-After Junior Pass Rusher COMMITMENT PROFILE ROBERT BEAL Beal became Notre Dame's fifth pledge in the class of 2017, picking the Irish over Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and a number of other top programs. PHOTO BY PAUL STRELOW/TIGERS ILLUSTRATED

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