Recruiting week in review.

Recruiting is the lifeblood of every college football program. Great recruiting, coupled with great coaching produces winning programs and, hopefully, national championships. Notre Dame clearly believes they have the great coaching in place with head coach Charlie Weis and his staff.

Their two-year record of 18-4 would seem to bear that out. However, not every great coach is a great, or even a good recruiter.

Last season, the Irish signed the's fifth best recruiting class. New coaches can, at times, take advantage of the buzz surrounding their hiring, to land a top class in their first full recruiting year. But signing top classes year after year can be considerably more difficult. If Notre Dame's verbal commitments for the class of 2007 thus far are any indication, then Weis and staff are not one-year wonders. After going six weeks without a verbal commitment, the Notre Dame football program picked up two last week. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Emeka Nwankwo, OL, 6-5, 280, Chaminade College Prep High School, Hollywood, FL committed to Notre Dame on November 6, ending a six week Irish drought of verbal commitments. Nwankwo knew Notre Dame was the place for him when he visited South Bend for the Penn State game.

"When I went on my visit to Notre Dame, I could just tell," said Nwankwo. "I really liked the tradition at Notre Dame and I really liked the coaching staff. They really made me feel comfortable up there."

The current players obviously made a very good impression on the young Floridian. And, like so many Notre Dame commits, the lure of excellent academics played a role as well.

"I really liked the players and they made me feel comfortable," explained Nwankwo. "Academics was a big part too."

Predictably, Weis welcomed Nwankwo on board with his usual enthusiasm.

"I called coach Weis yesterday to tell him," said Nwankwo. "He was really excited about it. He said he couldn't wait to get me up there. My family was really excited about it as well. They're real happy for me."

Some players, though verbally committed, continue to take visits just to "make sure." Nwankwo made it clear that his recruitment was done. "My recruitment is officially over," said Nwankwo. "I'm one hundred percent committed to Notre Dame. It's Notre Dame and nobody else. I won't be taking any more visits. I'm going to Notre Dame."

Another player that will be going to Notre Dame is Greg Little, LB, 6-2, 205, Hillside High School, Durham NC. Though listed by as the second ranked weak side linebacker, Little was recruited by the Irish staff as a wide receiver. The four-star player committed to Notre Dame just one day after Nwankwo's commitment became public. The pro-style Irish offense played a big role in Little's recruitment.

"I committed to Notre Dame," said Little. "It was just the best situation for me as a receiver, to go in and play early in an NFL system."

Notre Dame's success thus far this season also did not escape the young athlete's attention.

"The season Notre Dame is having has been pretty good even though they lost to Michigan early," said Little. "It's a great opportunity to play for [a successful] team. They play in the big games and at the next level, every game is big."

Charlie Weis wasn't the only one of the Notre Dame coaching staff to attract Little's interest. The work of wide receivers' coach Rob Ianello also caught his eye.

"He knows how to coach big receivers and he has put guys to the next level with the fundamentals that he teachers," said Little. "He's just a good family-oriented guy. He's very up front like coach Weis is. I talked to coach Ianello more than I talked to [coach Lewis] and we built a good relationship."

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