Recruiting week in review.

The Notre Dame recruiting train continues to roll on down the track. The Irish picked up their eighteenth commitment last week and continue to rank highly with several top uncommitted recruits. With a likely maximum of twenty-four recruiting spots open for the class of 2008, the slots are filling quickly.

Irish Eyes caught up with the latest Notre Dame verbal commitment. They also managed to reach one of the top targets left on the Irish board. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

There is definitely something appropriate about two brothers named McCarthy both playing football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Just last week, Kyle's younger brother Dan made his verbal commitment to Notre Dame. McCarthy, S, 6-2, 190, Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, OH is a Scout.com four-star prospect and the number nine safety in the nation. He made his announcement outside his school on July 16.

"I couldn't be more excited to announce that this next year I'm going to take the field with my brother Kyle at the University of Notre Dame," announced McCarthy. "I've talked to coach Charlie Weis and coaches Corwin Brown and Brian Polian and informed them of my decision."

McCarthy referred to the fact that the Irish coaching staff seemed very excited about the 2008 recruiting class.

"They [the Notre Dame staff] are excited about this year and the recruiting class that I'll be joining, which is currently rated number one in the country," said McCarthy.

McCarthy discussed the reasons that, after a ten month recruiting process, he selected Notre Dame.

"During this recruiting process everything kept leading me back to Notre Dame; the incredible history and tradition, the prestigious degree, the facilities and the beautiful campus, but mostly the coaches, players and recruits that I have met," explained McCarthy. "I've felt from the beginning that I had to go to the place that was the best fit for me and I feel this place is Notre Dame. I feel it will best prepare me for the future. My decision is final and I now look forward to joining my teammates at Cardinal Mooney as we prepare to defend our state championship."

In addition to Notre Dame, McCarthy boasted offers from LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford.

McCarthy's impressive offer list undoubtedly resulted from his outstanding junior season. He led Cardinal Mooney to a 14-0 record and a state championship. He rushed for 1910 yards and 21 touchdowns. He threw for another 780 yards and 8 more touchdowns. He also averaged eight tackles per game and recorded two interceptions.

One of Notre Dame's top targets, some would argue their number one target on the offensive side of the ball is Michael Floyd. Floyd, WR, 6-3, 200, Cretin Derham Hall High School, St. Paul, MN is a Scout.com five-star prospect and the number four wide receiver in the nation. He recently narrowed his list of possible schools to seven. Notre Dame made the cut along with Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa and Florida. Despite this latest decision, Floyd really isn't in any hurry to make a final choice.

"Nothing much is going on, I'm just lifting and going to our running group," explained Floyd. "I'm trying to take the recruiting part off my mind and relax a little bit."

Floyd spent five days in South Bend last month at Notre Dame's football camp. He only worked out a couple of those days and that gave him an opportunity to experience some new aspects of the Notre Dame football program and campus life.

"It went well," Floyd said of his visit. "It was a little different than usual. I got to hang out with the players more and do my own thing. I did work out. I'm still trying to improve. There are always things I can improve on, but it was fun."

Though Floyd doesn't have a timetable for announcing, he does know that he wants to focus on his upcoming season.

"I've got to talk to my parents about my official visits," explained Floyd. "I think I'm going to go to the Notre Dame-USC game. I don't know how many official visits I'll take though. It could be one, two or three…I don't know right now." As a junior Floyd caught 65 passes for 1245 yards and 16 touchdowns. H also reports a 250 pound bench press and a 38 inch vertical jump. He currently has a 3.2 g.p.a. and took the SAT for the first time in June.

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


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