U.S. Army All-American Bowl Notebook

SAN ANTONIO - A couple of Notre Dame commits had jersey problems when showing up for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Sunday in San Antonio. When players checked in they were immediately given their respective jersey top to sport around the hotel. They didn't even have Jimmy Clausen's jersey, and Aaron Nagel's last name was spelled incorrectly.

Clausen, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback out Westlake Village, Calif., might be the premier player in the contest. It's amazing that they didn't have his West jersey available. A reporter chided him about not playing in the game.

"I guess not," Clausen joked.

A playmaker and quick-decision maker in the pocket, Clausen came up with a solution to the jersey thing. He was later seen wearing Oaks Christian teammate Marc Tyler's jersey. Tyler will not play in the game because of an injury.

Nagel on the other hand, was excited to get his East uniform, only to see his last name spelled Nagle. Other than that, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker is really looking forward to the week in Texas.

"I'm just hoping to go in there and play my best," Nagel said. "If I play I play, if not it's going to be a good experience anyways. I'm hoping to play. I'll do my best out there and we'll see what happens.

*St. Bonaventure cornerback Mike Williams is still deciding between Notre Dame and Michigan, but plans to have a decision by Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Ventura, Calif., product said he will talk it over with his parents some more this week, and announce this weekend.

*Receiver Duval Kamara mentioned learning the offense as being a huge hurdle for him this week. It might end up being a blessing in disguise.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Kamara comes from the wing-t offense run at Hoboken, N.J. If Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) head coach Greg Toal sticks with what he runs at home, the East offense will be a balanced attack. Toal's quarterback Matt Simms will suit up for the East.

"I worked out with Matt Simms a couple weeks ago and went over a couple routes with him," Kamara said.

Kamara will be playing in a balanced offense at Notre Dame.

Toal's assistant Nunzio Campanile will also be on the sideline. If Kamara has any problems, he can ask future Irish teammate and Don Bosco Prep standout Justin Trattou for help. The defensive end will also be playing for the East.

"I learned more football from those coaches than I could ever imagine," Trattou said. "That team in general, that was one of the best teams, I think we could play with pretty much any team in the country due to our coaching staff. It's sad leaving them, but I want to thank them for everything they've done for me."

*Huntington, Tenn. linebacker Chris Donald is 100 percent and ready to start hitting. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker pulled his hamstring the third week of the season and was never fully healthy.

"I'm just looking to bond with the team, and get to know everybody and get back to playing football because I haven't played in a couple of months.

"I'm just interested in going out there and see how I do."

*Gary Gray, Armando Allen and Clausen will head for South Bend following their time in San Antonio. The three are early enrollees for the 2007 Notre Dame recruiting class.

Gray leaves five days after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"My Mom is probably going to pack while I'm gone," Gray said.

"I'm looking forward to winter workouts with my teammates and learning the playbook,"

Gray has also been in contact with Irish defensive backs coach Bill Lewis.

"He just expects me to come in there and learn the playbook as soon as possible," Gray said. "Hopefully I have a chance of playing early."

Clausen will have a chance to play early. He will come in and compete immediately with Evan Sharpley, Demetrius Jones and Zach Frazer for the right to replace Heisman finalist Brady Quinn as the starting quarterback.

"Just getting back there and meeting all my teammates, and just getting acclimated to Notre Dame, the school, the workouts and everything like that," Clausen explained. "Start learning the playbook, and again just having fun."

Allen is injured and will not play in the game Saturday. He is set to arrive in San Antonio on Thursday.

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