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 has 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 under head coach Charlie Weis is a big reason Schiano helped shoot down recent talks about 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's 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 has finally made positive movement towards catching the Trojans' talent overload via the past two recruiting classes.
Adding Cierre Wood, from Pete Carroll'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, year-out basis.
Assuming Notre Dame lands Alex Bullard, the big offensive guard from just outside of Nashville, 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's unheard of.
Coach Phil Fulmer being on the hot seat down in Knoxville has probably helped the Irish cause with Bullard to date, and hopefully it helps 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.