Recruiting Week in Review

Tony Soprano should take lessons from Charlie Weis on making offers that can't be refused. New Jersey has traditionally been a Notre Dame stronghold but last year the Irish failed to pull a single player out of the state. New Jersey features a number of top prospects this year and Weis has gone after them with a vengeance. The Irish received a verbal commitment from Mike Ragone on April 30th. This week they received another. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

May is traditionally a month when coaching staffs hit the road to recruit and evaluate prospects. As this evaluative process leads to scholarship offers, it is inevitable that there will be commitments. On May 10th, Notre Dame received its fifth verbal commitment for the Class of 2007.

Duval Kamara, WR, 6-3, 190, Hoboken High School, Hoboken, NJ, verbally committed to the Irish on May 10th. His commitment came as no great surprise but still excited legions of Irish fans.

"Yes he did," responded Hoboken head coach Lou Taglieri when asked if Kamara had committed to Notre Dame. "He made it official this morning…."

Taglieri had nothing but praise for his star receiver, citing Kamara's willingness to do anything and everything to help his team win.

"He does it all," said Taglieri of Kamara. "He can catch the ball and he's a heck of a blocker downfield. We run a "Wing T" offense and he does whatever we ask of him. He doesn't care if we only threw the ball three or four times a game. He's just as happy going down and knocking some guy's head off. He has a defensive lineman's mentality in a wide receiver's body."

Kamara has received offers from a veritable Who's Who of college football's powerhouse programs. USC, Florida, Penn State, Miami, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers, Connecticut, Boston College, Syracuse, Minnesota, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State are just some of the schools that have offered him a scholarship.

Kamara's commitment came approximately two weeks after Ragone's who is also a New Jersey native. With Top 100 prospect Justin Trattou, who is widely regarded as a heavy Notre Dame lean, scheduled to announce on June 1st, Weis could pull off quite a recruiting coup in New Jersey this year.

While verbal commitments fuel the flames of recruitniks' passion for their team, May still primarily serves as an evaluation period. Numerous players began to show up on fan's recruiting radar this last week. One of those players is not a new name but perhaps one that is going to become much more prominent.

Golden Tate, WR, 6-0, 180, John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, TN seems destined for Notre Dame. With a name like Golden and attending John Paul II High School, Tate seems like an Irish kid all the way. The only problem is that Notre Dame has yet to offer a scholarship. Many believe that will be changing soon but Tate isn't so sure.

"They stopped by to see me sometime last week, and I get letters from them about everyday, but I don't know how hard they're recruiting me," said Tate of the Irish staff.

Tate obviously likes Notre Dame very much.

"Notre Dame is just the whole package; academics, coaches, they have a winning team," Tate explained. "They're improving as a team. Charlie Weis is a great coach. I'd love to run under Touchdown Jesus some day, and Jimmy Clausen is going there and he's a real good quarterback."

Tate features amazing versatility. He could play running back, wide receiver or even defensive back at the next level.

"Probably running back or wide receiver," Tate responded when asked for what position the Irish were recruiting him. "I want to be a halfback. I play wide receiver and run the ball. I can do both I think. Wherever the coach puts me I'll play my hardest."

Tate's junior numbers demonstrate his versatility. He carried the ball 137 times for 1027 yards, caught 38 passes for 813 yards, returned 17 punts for 231 yards, 19 kickoffs for 426 yards and totaled 23 touchdowns. For added measure, Tate also has 10 career interceptions.

Tate professes to prefer playing to watching so he really hasn't followed college teams too closely. He has followed the career of Jeff Samardzija. That's because, like the Shark, Tate also wants to be a college two-sport athlete.

"I watch football but I really don't pay attention to any names," said Tate. "The only one that I really know is that kid that plays football and baseball for Notre Dame, Jeff Samardzija, and that's about all."

Tate currently has scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

These two summaries are just a sample of the Notre Dame recruiting information available each week on Irish Eyes. If you were a member you could also have read the following:

Boston College Defensive Recruiting—Eagles look good on numbers, not good on talent Irish Impress Miller—Ryan Miller Profile

Blackwell Adds More Offers—Will Blackwell Profile

Nagel Getting Bigger—Aaron Nagel Profile

Kamara Set to Announce—Duval Kamara Story

Harrison Smith Receives Irish Offer—Harrison Smith Profile

Weis On the Road—Where the heck is Charlie Weis?

Donald on Irish Radar—Chris Donald Profile

National Outlook—USC picks up two

Gerald Jones Interested in Irish—Gerald Jones Profile Top Stories