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After recruiting a quarterback who would go on to shatter every Notre Dame passing record, former head coach Charlie Weis secured the commitment of an equally promising wide receiver.
Michael Floyd, rated as the No. 14-overall prospect in the 2008 class, per 247sports.com, was the lethal receiving target Weis had been searching for.
A 6'3", 195-pound prospect at the time of his recruitment, Floyd was a nabbed out of Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., which also produced current Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.
Floyd's list of accolades was nearly inconceivable; he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota as well as the Associated Press Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also selected as a U.S. Army All-American.
Those accomplishments caught the attention of schools nationwide, although he narrowed his final list of schools to Notre Dame, Florida, Iowa, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin, eventually committing to the Irish on Oct. 21, 2007.
The timing of Floyd's commitment was peculiar, as he had witnessed Notre Dame fall, 38-0, to USC, bringing the Irish's season record to just 1-7.
However, Floyd was optimistic in his assessment of his decision, despite the Irish's historic struggles.
"It feels real good knowing that I have a school now. I'm going to help them bring this back and I'm going to get a great degree."
Four years later, Floyd followed through on that statement, earning his degree, as well as walking away as the owner of three school career records: Most receptions (271), receiving yards (3,686) and touchdown receptions (37).
Shortly before graduation ceremonies last year, Floyd was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2012 NFL Draft.