Recruiting week in review.

Nineteen and counting! Last week the Notre Dame football program received its nineteenth verbal commitment in the class of 2008. This commitment strengthened an already incredible defensive class to date. Though it's a long way to signing day, if this overall class stays intact, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, it would represent the best haul by the Irish in recent memory.

In addition to the recent commitment, Notre Dame also received a visit from a top-rated wide receiver that had not previously been on the recruitniks' radar. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Steven Filer, LB, 6-4, 220, Mt. Carmel High School, Chicago, IL has been on the Notre Dame recruiting board for a very long time. He received one of the first scholarship offers in the class of 2008 and the Irish coaching staff made no secret of the fact that he represented one of their top defensive targets in this class. The five-star and number four middle linebacker prospect in the nation made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame last Monday. Irish Eyes' Jeff Baumhower spoke with Filer's father who confirmed his commitment.

"I think he just felt comfortable there," said Mr. Filer of his son. "I think he really liked coach Brown and all the coaches, and felt it was a good place for him. He just fit in real well there."

Filer held scholarship offers from nearly every major program, but it eventually came down the Irish and Ohio State.

"It was real close with Ohio State," explained Mr. Filer. "I think he liked it there, but he felt comfortable at Notre Dame and Notre Dame was a little closer to home. I know he's thrilled with his decision and to have it out of the way. He can't wait to get up to Notre Dame and get going. You can't go wrong with Notre Dame."

As a junior, Filer had 87 tackles and 8 sacks.

While the recruitment of Filer reached one conclusion, the recruitment of highly rated wide receiver Deion Walker appears to just be heating up. Walker, WR, 6-3, 185, Christchurch School, Christchurch, VA made a stop in South Bend last week as part of a Midwest tour that also included Nebraska and Michigan. The four-star prospect is the eighth highest rated wide receiver in the class of 2008. Irish Eyes' Steve Wiltfong spoke with Walker after his visit to South Bend.

"The campus was real nice," Walker said. ‘Coach Powlus took me around. It was a good atmosphere and a good place to be. The dome was pretty cool to see and walking inside of there was beautiful. I took a couple of pictures of Touchdown Jesus. That was pretty cool. I had always heard of it, but I didn't know how big it was."

Notre Dame not only impressed Deion, but also scored big with his father.

"I wanted to see the place and see everything they had to offer," explained Walker. "I know my dad loved it, so they will definitely be in the running."

With most of the Irish coaches out of town, Powlus served as the family's guide, but also relied heavily upon the players to help sell the program. One of those salesmen was a guy that could conceivably be throwing the ball to Walker somewhere down the line, Demetrius Jones.

"He [Jones] was talking about how it is a great place and how it sets you up for life after college," said Walker.

Walker currently does not have a scholarship offer, as Notre Dame appears to be waiting on some of those players that they offered earlier. Still, with a limited number of wide receivers holding offers and some of those planning on announcing soon, Walker could be looking at an offer sooner rather than later.

"They've only offered four guys," Walker said. "They are taking two, possibly three. I don't know how that is going to work. (Powlus) said they like me, but they want to get together as a staff and talk it over. I'm sure I will get an offer soon." ranks Walker as the forty-eighth best overall prospect. As a junior he put his 4.45 forty time to good use, catching 47 passes for 732 yards and eight touchdowns. He also gained 300 yards rushing while playing quarterback. One defense he registered 31 tackles, made eight interceptions and broke up nine passes. He was chosen all-state at receiver, defensive back and kick returner.

Nearly every major program in the nation has offered Walker. Some of those include Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Penn State and USC.

Walker reports a 3.2 g.p.a. and a 21 ACT.

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