Recruiting Week in Review

It's always darkest before the dawn. Notre Dame's 38-0 loss to USC on Saturday certainly represented the darkest day thus far in an abysmal football season. Still, some good news did come out of last weekend and as always Irish Eyes had the story. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Notre Dame needs to make serious offensive improvement. While most believe that the talent currently on the roster is sufficient for the Irish to regain their competitive edge, there's little doubt that they need to sign top players at all offensive positions. This weekend, the Notre Dame skill position talent in the class of 2008 got better, considerably better. Michael Floyd, WR, 6-3, 210, Cretin-Derham Hall High School, St. Paul, MN made a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Notre Dame. rates Floyd as a five-star player and the sixth best receiver in the nation. Floyd says his decision was not just a four year one, but a thirty year one.

"The education you get at Notre Dame is much better than most schools," said Floyd. "Having both the big-time football and the education is what really sold me on Notre Dame."

Floyd official visit last weekend gave him an opportunity to meet and get to know some of his future teammates and that experience also played a role in his decision.

"I was able to meet more of the guys this weekend, and I got along really well with all of them," explained Floyd. "I got to know the guys in the freshman class, and some of the recruits committed in this class."

As with any blue chip recruit, the attention and pressure of recruiting can be overwhelming. Floyd expressed his relief at it being over.

"It feels real good knowing that I have a school now," said Floyd. "I'm going to help them bring this back and I'm going to get a great degree."

While the Floyd commitment certainly represents good news for the Notre Dame coaching staff, they don't have the luxury of resting on their laurels. Great wide receivers need to be part of every class and the Irish have their eyes on one in the class of 2009.

If Rolando Jefferson, WR, 6-2, 190, Edison High School, Fresno, CA turns out to be the best wide receiver in the class of 2009, he can probably attribute it to the great competition that he faces; and not just on game day, but also in practice every day. Edison's secondary features, Arizona commit Robert Golden, Georgia Tech commit Brandon Leslie and juniors Cliff Harris and Tim McDonald, Jr. Edison secondary coach Tony Perry sees Jefferson challenge daily what could arguably considered the nation's best high school secondary.

"In his class, Rolando Jefferson is one of the top wide receivers in the country," said Perry. "He's a legitimate two way player. He's a safety and a receiver. He's a special kid. He's so gifted it isn't even funny and the thing is, he's only fifteen years old. He's 6'3" and if he grows another inch or two, he'll definitely be a receiver in college. If he stays the same size, it'll be his choice of where he wants to play. He's going to be so good that he can play either side."

Perry continued.

"He's a legitimate 4.4-forty guy. As a youth he ran track and went to nationals. In youth football he scored seventy touchdowns in one season. He's a big kid and he's really athletic. If you throw him the ball, it doesn't matter who's on him, he'll come down with the ball. He has a forty inch vertical jump. He's in the same class as Percy Harvin, but bigger. He isn't just speed. He's got some special stuff."

Notre Dame has just begun recruiting Jefferson, but that interest is certain to pick up. Jefferson does have some interest in the Irish.

"I've got one or two letters, but they just started sending me stuff," Jefferson explained. "I'm interested in Notre Dame, but I really don't know much about them. I've been watching them on T.V. I've liked them for a long time."

Jefferson already has offers from Utah, Arizona and Georgia Tech. Though those are his only offers, a number of schools are showing interest and he has his own list of schools that interest him.

"There are a lot of schools that I am interested in, like USC, UCLA, Texas, Florida and Clemson," said Jefferson. "I really can't say who I like, it's not just one team. I'm going to look at everybody and I'm going to go where is best for me."

Though Jefferson has put up big numbers this season at receiver, he actually prefers defense. He's played safety throughout his short career, but his coaches wanted him to only concentrate on one side of the ball in this, his first varsity experience. That will change this weekend when he moves to safety on defense. The move was undoubtedly motivated by the need for Edison to get their best players on the field as they take on their undefeated rival.

"We're 6-0-1," Jefferson said. "We play Bullard (7-0) on Friday. This is supposed to be our rival game. I wish the game was right now. I'm ready to play."

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