Recruiting week in review.

Some recruiting analysts felt that the Notre Dame coaching staff may have issued too few offers last year, that they didn't cast their net widely enough. The way offers are flying out of South Bend this spring, perhaps Charlie Weis and his staff may have felt the same way. The Irish staff has already issued fifty-nine offers for the class of 2008 and it seems that each week brings more.

At least two more standout offensive players received scholarship offers this last week. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Kenneth Page, OL, 6-4, 295, A.C. Flora High School, Columbia, SC recently learned a lesson in patience. As he and his mother rode along Interstate 95 on the way to visit family in Tampa, he received a phone call from his head coach Robin Bacon.

"I told him there was a small school up in Indiana that wants you to call at one o'clock," said Bacon.

"Waiting had to be one of the hardest things I ever did," Page stated.

The phone number proved to be that of Irish assistant coach Bill Lewis. Lewis then put Charlie Weis on the phone.

"Coach Weis said he looked at my film and he was impressed with it," said Page.

In fact, Weis was so impressed that he offered the South Carolinian a scholarship to play football at Notre Dame. For Page, the Irish offer pushed his scholarship offers up to around thirty-three or thirty-four. Still, this one was special.

"I wasn't expecting it to come this soon," explained Page. "I don't have a top five yet but if I did, Notre Dame would definitely be in it. It's just a great school with the combination of academics and athletics, second to none."

Coach Bacon seconded Page's sentiments.

"He had enough offers, this puts him at thirty-three or thirty-four offers," said Bacon. "I can tell you right now that they [Notre Dame] are one of his top five schools off the bat, from what he told me. He wants to go up there and visit."

Page plays both ways for A.C. Flora, but Notre Dame is recruiting him strictly on the offensive side of the ball, though Page isn't sure whether that would be for tackle or guard. Either position would suit him just fine.

"I actually prefer tackle a little more because I played it my whole career," said Page. "But, in our offense I was required to pull on a lot of plays, so I can do all the things a guard is required."

Though Page's offers are too extensive to list, some of the other schools in the running for his signature are South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Michigan.

While Notre Dame's coaching staff has clearly put an emphasis on recruiting top-notch offensive linemen, the one position that they've been the most successful recruiting has been tight end. Already the Irish have received a verbal commitment from Kyle Rudolph, certain to be one of the top tight end prospects in the class of 2008. They would like to add one more tight end to this class and that player perhaps might be Joseph Fauria.

Fauria, TE, 6-7, 250, Crespi High School, Encino, CA brings an outstanding pedigree to the position. He is the nephew of Christian Fauria, former Colorado all-American and NFL tight end. His uncle Christian actually played for Charlie Weis at New England and that connection is working in Notre Dame's favor.

"I've always been a Notre Dame fan and I've always wanted to play for them," explained Fauria. "I love the program and I love it even more since Charlie Weis got there. I wouldn't say I'm a diehard Notre Dame fan, but I've always followed them. I talked to my uncle about coach Weis and he thinks Notre Dame would be a great place to play. The offense is something that I'm going to look into but it's something that I already know. I've seen it with my uncle and I've seen it with the Patriots."

Though Fauria has followed the Irish on the field, he professes to know little about Notre Dame off the field. This is a situation that he plans to change.

"I don't know all that much about the school, but I'm definitely going to look into it," said Fauria. "You're not just going there to play football. You're going there to get your degree so I'm going to look into it even more."

Despite his attraction to Notre Dame, the Irish have a long way to go before earning Fauria's signature on Signing Day. Being a native Californian, the local schools will be difficult to beat when it comes to getting Fauria's name on the dotted line.

"I'm a little biased with schools in the area like Stanford, UCLA and USC," explained Fauria. "The schools close to home have a little bit of an edge. If you have two really good schools recruiting you and one was close to home and the other was far away, the school close to home would have the edge over the one that's far away. I don't have any problem going out of state though, and distance isn't really an issue."

In addition to his offer from Notre Dame, Fauria also has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, LSU, UCLA, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon and North Carolina. That list is almost certain to grow.

As a junior, Fauria caught twenty-two passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns.

These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Eyes. Top Stories