Recruiting Week in Review

Though the slogan's been officially taken already, it's still appropriate at this point in 2008 recruiting to say that Notre Dame's looking for a few good men. With nineteen verbal commitments, they're looking for very few, but those that are still out there are outstanding players at definite positions of need.

Irish Eyes' Jeff Baumhower caught up with two of the top recruits still on the Irish 2008 board. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Deion Walker, WR, 6-3, 185, Christchurch School, Christchurch VA is a five-star prospect and the sixth ranked wide receiver in the nation. That Notre Dame has struggled offensively this season would be considered a massive understatement and the staff would definitely love to land a player of Walker's caliber. The Virginia star has scholarship offers from nearly every major program in the nation, but despite that the Irish have managed to land an official visit from him.

"I'm taking my official visit, November 3 for the Navy game," said Walker when asked about his plans to visit South Bend. "I want to see a game environment. I've heard a lot about it, but then again I don't know what it's really like. I don't know what the fan base is like; I'm not sure about anything, so I want to see the offense in person."

Irish quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus has been recruiting Walker and giving him the scoop on how he would fit into Charlie Weis's offense.

"I just talked to coach Powlus three or four days ago," said Walker. "I need to give him a call back sometime today or tomorrow. We've been talking about the offense and how they want me to fit into their offense. They want me to help stretch the field a lot more than they have been able to do this year. We talk about how they have the quarterbacks and how they're going to be good in the near future."

It's a very positive sign that Walker has developed a good relationship with current Notre Dame starter Jimmy Clausen and future Irish quarterback Dayne Crist.

"Jimmy Clausen is going to get better," opined Walker. "I talk to him a lot and we're pretty cool. He says that they definitely want to throw the ball. Other than that we talk about school and the environment at Notre Dame. I talk to Dayne Crist on a regular basis as well." Despite the fact that Notre Dame is receiving one of Walker's five official visits, the young superstar still hasn't really narrowed down his list of schools yet.

"I go to Florida State this weekend and then I don't have any other visits planned other than my Notre Dame visit," Walker explained. "I really don't have a top five."

Walker's team has been struggling on the field this year, posting just a 1-3 record though undoubtedly their struggles have been aided by an injury that he suffered in the first game. Now that he is getting healthy, he's looking to contribute more on both sides of the ball.

One area where Walker hasn't struggled is in the classroom. He works just as hard off the field as he does on it.

"I have pretty good grades," Walker said. "Christchurch is a boarding school and I live on campus with my family. I have study hall from 7:30 to 9:45 everyday except Friday. Every student in the school has to do it except day students. I'm a day student, but I choose to do it. I mean I can't really hang out with my friends, because they're all in study hall. My dad doesn't really have to tell me to do it. I'm going to get it done and it's a lot easier to do it on my own."

Nowhere have Notre Dame's offensive struggles this season been more apparent than on the offensive line. The Irish would love to land at least one more top offensive lineman and they would like Trevor Robinson to be it. Robinson, OL, 6-5, 300, Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn, NE fits the prototype for the kind of mean and nasty offensive lineman that Notre Dame would love to have. However, the Irish will need to be patient if they plan to sign Robinson because he's put recruiting on the backburner for now.

"Trevor's been to a couple of Nebraska games because it's just right down the road, but other than that we don't have anything going on," explained Trevor's father. "We haven't done anything about setting up anything and it's all about worrying about the high school schedule first."

Robinson is down to three schools, Nebraska, Michigan and Notre Dame. He had originally committed to Nebraska, but re-opened his recruitment to look around a bit more.

"Everything is the same [with recruiting]," said Mr. Robinson. "He's really just talking to the coaches. It's still the same three schools. The coaches from the schools call Trevor once a week. That's really all that's going on. We haven't finalized any type of visits, because that hinges on Elkhorn's season. They're 5-0 right now. They're doing well in their class. We're putting recruiting on hold as the high school season moves on."

Elkhorn's season has been moving on very well in fact. They have completed the most difficult part of their schedule, but Robinson's not taking anything for granted.

"Elkhorn has done really well," Robinson said. "They're a good group of guys and hopefully they can continue to have success. Trevor is playing right tackle on offense and he's playing interior lineman on defense. It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out. [The remaining teams] don't have really good records, but that doesn't mean they can't jump up and give us a good game. You never know what the other team will have. Hopefully [Elkhorn] will move into the playoffs and get a run at the state final game like they did last year."

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