Recruiting week in review.

All eyes will be on the Irish defense this season. Will the addition of Corwin Brown as defensive coordinator lead to improvements? Will the Irish secondary perform much better while looking less lost? Can the 3-4 enable Notre Dame to create favorable match-ups? All of these questions have already arisen on the Irish Eyes recruiting boards and right now the only real answer is wait and see.

The other burning question for Notre Dame fans, especially the recruitniks, is ‘will Corwin Brown improve Irish defensive recruiting?' Again, wait and see seems to be the only real answer right now but if early returns are any indication, the chances are looking good. One defensive player on Notre Dame's radar, and several other schools as well, hails from the state of Texas. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, 6-4, 225, Weatherford High School, Weatherford, TX is a very important target for the Notre Dame coaching staff. The Irish were the second to offer and have been recruiting him very hard. Like the other ten schools that have offered him a scholarship, Notre Dame projects him as a defensive end at the next level. With his size, he possesses the frame to grow into a legitimate 3-4 defensive end.

"Everyone is recruiting me at defensive end, no outside linebacker," said Lewis-Moore. " called me and told me that they're having a combine at Texas Stadium on Sunday [25 March]. It isn't a testing, bench press type of combine. It's more of the one on one pass rushing drills and stuff like that. I'm going to try my best to get there."

Lewis-Moore has stayed in regular contact with coaches Rob Ianello and Corwin Brown, but until recently had not talked to Brown.

"We're just keeping it cool," said Lewis-Moore of his interaction with the Notre Dame coaches. "I'm still talking to coach Ianello and coach Brown. I actually text message them quite frequently. I checked in with coach Ianello last night. Coach Brown and I have been texting since all this started, but we haven't really talked on the phone. Then one day I ended up calling him and I kind of surprised him. I like him. He's a pretty laid back guy. He seems pretty young. He's a real nice guy."

Of course one of the goals of every recruiter is getting the player on campus. Though it's still very early in the process, Lewis-Moore indicates that Notre Dame could quite likely receive one of his five official visits.

"The conversation [with coach Brown] was just about catching up and seeing how things were going," explained Lewis-Moore. "He talked to me about the defense. He said that they needed to get me up there for a visit. I'm pretty sure I'll be taking an official visit up there, so we were looking at my football schedule and starting to plan around that. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go up to a game."

Notre Dame will face stiff competition for Lewis-Moore's signature. In addition to the Notre Dame offer, he currently has offers from, among others, Texas A&M, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.

While Notre Dame looks to add disruptive players on the defensive side of the ball, they are also in search of those offensive linemen that can contain an opponent's playmakers. The Irish coaching staff thinks they've found one in Trevor Robinson. Robinson, OL, 6-5, 300, Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn, NE visited South Bend for both Junior Days this spring, but returned last Friday to watch a spring practice and learn about other aspects of being a Notre Dame student.

"I'm going to get to South Bend late Thursday night and then go to spring practice the following Friday," explained Robinson. "When I get there Friday morning, I'm going to look at the dorms, I'll look at where the students eat; I'll get kind of an idea of what their normal day is like for a student."

Robinson continued. "I've already seen things from a football side. I want to get a feel for more of what campus life would be like and get a feel for what I would be doing every day. Then we'll get a chance to watch them practice."

Robinson's travels won't stop in South Bend. Once he leaves Notre Dame he'll trek to Ann Arbor to check out Michigan.

"I'll try to get to Michigan Friday night," Robinson said. "They're having a practice and part of a scrimmage on Saturday that we'll be able to see. I've been to camp there but I haven't been there since. I think it was my fifth camp in eight day, so all I really cared about at that point was getting back home."

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