Recruiting Success

After Wednesday's practice, the Notre Dame football team got a few days off. With it being fall break on campus and the Irish having a bye, head coach Charlie Weis let his players get away from the daily grind between Thursday and Sunday. As for the Notre Dame coaching staff, there was a little work to be done before enjoying the first weekend off in eight weeks.

Weis and the other assistants hit the recruiting trail for a few days. Currently, Notre Dame has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country according to several recruiting services, despite the 1-7 record on the year. After the loss to USC, the Irish received verbal commitments from wide receiver Michael Floyd, a resident of St. Paul, MN and running back Jonas Gray of Beverly Hills, MI. Gray, who de-committed from Nebraska before verbaling to Notre Dame, made it commitment No. 21 for Weis, who has been cleaning up on the recruiting trail.

"We blanketed the country pretty well," Weis said on Tuesday. "We utilized all ten (coaches). You can only have seven guys on the road at one time. I was on the road two of the days. Three guys have to be off. We went to different parts of the country. We utilized our six days that you can use during the season and we wrapped it up on Friday. We basically got to see everyone we needed to see. Now, we have a few official visits a week and lets see if we can wrap this one up."

Last year, Notre Dame hauled in the 11th-best class, according to It could have been better if not for the late defections of a few players who had given their verbal commitment to Weis and the Irish football program. At National Signing Day in early February, the Notre Dame head coach talked about being clear on the word "commitment" to possible recruits.

It's obviously paid off. According to, the Irish have four five-star recruits, 13 four-star recruits and four three-star recruits for an average of 4.00 per recruit. Thirteen of the 21 commits are ranked in the top-10 at their respective positions. Weis not only let the current high school seniors know his definition of the word "commitment." The Notre Dame head coach has already made them feel right at home.

"What we've done with those players is bought them into the 'we,'" Weis said. "We've involved them in everything that's going on. In other words, they are not outsiders. The commitment is a two-way deal. We treat them like they're here and like everyone else does. They feel ownership and part of it. They obviously have to withstand the ribbing they get from the towns they live in. But they view themselves as part of the future."

It's a bit of a change of how Weis operated in his first few years as head coach.

"I don't think we let them know everything in the inner workings, like we do now," Weis said of the past recruits. "Back at Signing Day last year when we lost a couple of guys, we talked about the word commitment. We've showed the commitment is a two-way street by involving them more in all of those issues." Top Stories