Wednesday morning, college football programs all across the country will celebrate their respective recruiting classes with joy and optimism. But for all the happiness, most fans still can't help but think about the ones that got away.
As recruiting continues to evolve, so too does the game inside the game. With a multimillion dollar industry built around tracking the decision-making skills of 17-year-old blue-chippers, it's no wonder that the drama has ramped up as fans across the country wait for that all important fax to arrive.
When it comes to recruiting wars, the Irish have won some and lost some. But it's the old memories of losing out on Lorenzo Booker or CJ Leak, or near misses on program-changing players like Reggie Bush that still hang with Irish fans.
Of course, nobody wants to remember the pledges that flip your way. (Max Redfield, Greg Bryant, Will Fuller, Doug Randolph and Durham Smythe, just from last year's recruiting class.) They'd rather cry about the ones that went elsewhere.
So let's do some of that here.
For the purposes of this exercise, here are a handful of high-profile recruits that were once committed to Notre Dame, only to end up signing with somebody else. (Before anybody complains, Eddie Vanderdoes isn't included. He actually signed with Notre Dame.)
Let's take a walk down (Bad) Memory Lane.