By Radio Man
Notre Dame "should have" struggled to land more than a couple of regional-type recruits thus far. Notre Dame should have, but have not. Notre Dame recruiting is just rolling along...
You hear that? It's the sound of Greg Schiano gritting his teeth back East as Notre Dame has already secured commitments from three of New Jersey's best recruits, with another, Anthony LaLota, a strong possibility to sign with Notre Dame as well. And let it be known that Notre Dame's success in landing New Jersey recruits since head coach Charlie Weis arrived is a big reason Schiano aided in shooting down recent talks between the Irish playing the Scarlet Knights in the Meadowlands, i.e. because Notre Dame would possess even more access to New Jersey recruits. Of course the Rutgers head coach will not admit that publicly, but it is true. And no, this is not just speculation. Through private channels, that's been heard loud and clear. In short, Schiano is not real happy with Notre Dame. Tough. Deal with it.
While no school has recruited as well as Southern California during the past half dozen years, Notre Dame finally made positive movement towards catching the Trojans' talent overload via the past two recruiting classes. Adding Cierre Wood, from Pete's backyard, helps the cause move further in the proper direction. Beginning in 2009, Notre Dame will possess the horses to compete with the Trojans on a year-in and year-out basis.
Assuming Notre Dame lands Alex Bullard, the big offensive guard from just outside of Nashville, Tenn., it will make two out of three years that the Irish have secured one of the best players from the state of Tennessee. Quite frankly, that is unheard of. Coach Fulmer being on the hot seat down in Knoxville probably helped the Irish cause with Bullard to date, and hopefully it helps to push Bullard to South Bend. Bullard is set to announce his college decision tomorrow.
Who will the Irish land next? Bullard, perhaps another recruit? Notre Dame recruiting just keeps rolling along.