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Mid-week musings include: High praise from Syracuse, and on the table - an enticing conclusion to the 2015 recruiting class

Patience, a virtue?

The excitement level surrounding Notre Dame's 2015 recruiting class in the beginning of August wasn't at an all-time high. It was obvious Notre Dame had the interest of some elite prospects, but how much interest was still unknown. Fair to an extent, but those who follow recruiting should know how slowly things can develop with the blue-chip prospects.

It's Sept. 23, and nothing has come to fruition in the form of a commitment, but how can you not like where Notre Dame stands in regards to its favorable odds to close out the 2015 recruiting class with a bang?

Notre Dame is in the drivers’ seat to land elite running back Sotonye Jamabo and much needed pass-rusher Bo Wallace. Momentum continues to ride in Notre Dame's favor for wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and linebacker Asmar Bilal. Plus, cornerback Ykili Ross and running back Hunter Dale present promising recruitment activity to follow.

Finally, the Irish continue to provide Florida with stiff competition for linebacker Te'Von Coney, who now appears not likely to make his decision between Florida and Notre Dame until later in the fall.

So, despite not having gained a commitment since July, the theme of the hour (or month) is to keep on keepin' on, and good things appear in store for Notre Dame recruiting.

As touched upon on Monday, Notre Dame could add two more running backs and two more in the secondary (one corner, one safety) in the 2015 class.

More on numbers, demographics, and Syracuse

I thought this visualization of censuses was interesting, especially in the geography department. No shocker that California, Florida, Texas, Georgia and Ohio rank as the states that have produced the most NFL players in 2014 (In a separate, but similar category, Notre Dame ranks 8th out of all colleges for putting the most players in the NFL in 2014.)

Also, unsurprisingly:

“California, Florida and Texas are still atop the list for states with the most Pro Bowlers produced. After that we see Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Of the players Virginia has produced, more than 24% have been to the pro bowl. Keep doing whatever you’re doing, Virginia.”

Speaking of Virginia…

Here are a few remarks from Brian Kelly from today’s ACC teleconference. Kelly will join the ACC coaches on Tuesdays on weeks that Notre Dame faces an ACC opponent.

- On if joining the ACC gives Notre Dame additional recruiting advantages:

"Adding Virginia, the Carolinas, all the way down to Florida is a great opportunity. We thought the recruiting blueprint in the ACC was the best situation for us.”

- On if there's been an area of pleasant surprise he's seen so from his team:

"Our turnover takeaway has been outstanding."

- On Notre Dame’s game vs. Syracuse:

"Our brand is very strong in the New York area, and it always has been. Certainly, it's a home game for Syracuse, and we respect that, but we think we'll have a great showing."

Kelly also pointed to Syracuse’s’ ability to effectively run its quarterback, control the clock and field position as well as create turnovers on defense as specific challenges Notre Dame will face.

Comments from the (other) head coach

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer previewed the game during Tuesday’s media teleconference. "It's (Notre Dame) just what you want. It’s everything about college football that you love. I can't tell you how excited we are to go out there and tee it up."

"I think it's human nature to actually enjoy being the underdog. I know I do."

Shafer also called Syracuse’s Saturday night primetime matchup against Notre Dame an opportunity for the individuals in the program to "live their dream.”

On Notre Dame’s schedule

How ND's foes in 2014 - past, present and future - performed last weekend:

Rice lost to Old Dominion 45-42
Michigan lost to Utah 26-10
Purdue defeated Southern Illinois 35-10
Syracuse lost to Maryland 35-20
No. 16 Stanford defeated Army 35-0
North Carolina lost to East Carolina 70-41
No. 1 Florida State defeated Clemson 23-17 (OT)
Navy lost to Rutgers 31-24
No. 15 Arizona State defeated Colorado 38-24
Northwestern defeated Western Illinois 24-7
Louisville defeated Florida International 34-3 No. 18 USC was on a bye

Setback for Te’o

As reported in U-T San Diego, former Irish linebacker Manti Te’o will miss “several games” with a fractured foot that he suffered in a 22-10 win against the Bills on Sunday.

Te’o leads the Chargers’ defense with 19 tackles through three games. Te’o matched his career best with 10 tackles against the Bills.


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