Recruiting week in review.

The conclusion of spring football practice doesn't mean the Notre Dame coaching staff now gets time off until fall practice. On the contrary, the ending of spring ball ushers in one of the busiest months of the recruiting season for the Irish coaches as they hit the road visiting high schools, coaches and hope for "accidental" encounters with those student athletes they are recruiting.

If the Irish are going to once again find themselves at the top of the college football ranks, they're going to need to continue, even improve upon the recruiting success they've enjoyed the last two years under Charlie Weis. In order to do that, they need to entice those premier players to South Bend. Last week Irish Eyes caught up with two of those outstanding young men. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Marcus Forston, DT, 6-3, 305, Miami-Northwestern High School, Miami, FL is a mammoth force in the middle of the defense and one that Notre Dame would love to see in blue and gold. Irish coach Bernie Parmalee serves as Forston's recruiter. Parmalee and the five star prospect have developed a very good relationship that doesn't just focus on football. According to Forston he saves the text messages from coaches that inspire him. One of Parmalee's latest messages found its way into that save file. It said, ‘A component to greatness is the determination to get better; Take care, coach Parmalee.'

"He keeps it real and is outgoing," said Forston of Parmalee. "We talk about everything besides football; life and what's going on with family. He was telling me that if you want to come here, you will play at a high level every week."

Perhaps one of the reasons that Forston and Parmalee don't feel the need to discuss football in every conversation is because Forston knows exactly how Notre Dame feels about him as a player. Weis has made it clear that Forston represents exactly the kind of defensive tackle that he is looking for to anchor the Irish's new 3-4 defensive scheme. And Forston's junior statistics bear out Weis's evaluation. The mammoth defensive tackle racked up 96 tackles with 20 sacks and two forced fumbles. In the weight room, Forston reports a 510 pound squat and a 365 pound bench press.

Of course the key for any recruit from a state with as many Divison 1A football options as Florida is to get him on campus. Parmalee and the Irish hope to be able to do just that. Forston has already indicated that an official visit might be in the offing and that distance won't be a factor.

"My mom said it's my choice (on where he attends college)," explained Forston. "If I am looking forward to striving towards a dream, there is nothing that should stop me. It doesn't matter where I go to play college football, she'll be 110 percent behind me."

The Notre Dame coaches plan to visit Forston's school sometime in May. They will undoubtedly be attempting to sell Forston's coach on the promise of playing time, a fact that hasn't been lost on Forston.

"They've lost some key defensive linemen," said Forston. "I have a good chance of starting as a freshman."

Forston has over 25 scholarship offers. In addition to Notre Dame, a few of the more prominent schools to offer him are USC, Miami, Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson.

It's well known to Notre Dame fans that Charlie Weis loves versatile players, those that can play multiple positions, even play on both sides of the ball. Jeremy Brown, WR/CB, 5-11, 165, Boone High School, Orlando, FL is just such a player. Notre Dame has offered Brown a scholarship and he has already set up an official visit for the weekend of the USC game. If the Irish are able to acquire a verbal commitment from the talented athlete, the fight for his services may just be beginning, not with other universities but between Weis and defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

"Coach Brown wants me to play corner, but I heard they watched my highlight film and they want to look at me as a receiver with coach Weis being an offensive minded coach," Jeremy Brown explained.

If personal relationships play any role at all on Brown's ultimate college and position choice, then Notre Dame and the defensive side of the ball appear to have a clear advantage.

"That's the coach [Corwin Brown] that I'm closest with out of all of them," Jeremy Brown said. "I talk to him on a regular basis and he talks to my dad often. Coach Brown, that's the man."

Jeremy Brown continued. "He talks about their program. But to be honest, a lot of times we talk it's not about football, but when we do talk about football, he tells me they can use me, what a coincidence that we have the same last name, that he can see me at Notre Dame getting a degree and playing football, that their program is on the rise and that he is very excited about me."

And there is much about Jeremy Brown that is exciting. He's been timed at 4.43 in the forty, caught six touchdown passes last season, intercepted six passes last season and set a school record with a 95 yard touchdown run. Notre Dame will face plenty of stiff competition for this three star prospect's signature though. He currently has scholarship offers from numerous schools but has a top three of Notre Dame, Florida and Auburn.

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