Recruiting week in review.

Notre Dame's on the field season ended Saturday with a win against Stanford. The 2008 off the field season won't end until 6 February 2008, National Letter of Intent day. The Irish coaching staff continues to work hard to finalize what could become the highest-ranking class in the Charlie Weis era.

Last week, Irish Eyes spoke with two final pieces of the 2008 recruiting puzzle. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Notre Dame has received verbal commitments from two wide receivers for the class of 2008. Michael Floyd the sixth highest rated receiver in the nation and a five-star prospect and John Goodman, the thirty-third highest rated receiver and a four-star prospect provide the Irish with a solid receiver recruiting class, but one or even two more top receivers would really be icing on the cake. Gerrell Robinson, WR, 6-3, 210, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ is a four-star prospect and he visited South Bend for the Duke game.

"Things went pretty well," offered Robinson. "It was fun. I met the coaches, the players and all the recruits. My host was Duvall Kamara. Me, Duvall, Gary Gray, Jimmy Clausen and Kyle Rudolph hung out after the game."

Robinson had nothing but praise for his potential future teammates, especially noting their determination in the face of this season's adversity.

"All the players were really cool," said Robinson. "Everybody was on the up and up. Even though the season isn't going the way they want it to go, they're still out there working and they're keeping their heads up. They're playing a lot of young guys and I think they know that and they know that the future looks pretty bright."

Though Robinson was born in Gary, IN, this was his first trip to South Bend and the Notre Dame campus.

"The campus was beautiful," Robinson said. "I'm not sure what I expected, but I really didn't expect it to be as nice as it was. It was probably bigger than I expected, and everything was put together well. I felt really comfortable there and everything is really beautiful. Everyone on campus was nice; I really liked it."

Though this season has been a disappointment for Notre Dame, the fan support has not wavered and Robinson noticed.

"Everyone was into the game," Robinson noted. "The student section was doing all their chants and everyone was into it. Even though it was only Duke, the whole crowd seemed to be into the game."

On Sunday, Robinson got an hour and half sit down with Charlie Weis. Weis and Robinson discussed the star receiver's place in the Notre Dame system and Weis's philosophy of playing the best players regardless of year.

"He said that all the receivers are pretty young," explained Robinson. "Hopefully I'd be able to get in there and compete. I'm not saying that I would go in there and start, because that wouldn't show much respect for the guys already there, but I think I have the ability to come in and contribute right away."

Robinson's father had originally planned to make the trip with him, but was forced to change his plans. However, Robinson is on coach Weis's visit list after the Stanford game and his dad should get a chance to discuss with Weis then any concerns he might have.

Robinson has previously taken an official visit to Oregon and will perhaps take a couple more though not necessarily all five. He hopes to make a decision by late December or early January.

Chris Harper, ATH, 6-2, 220, Northwest High School, Wichita, KS is another player that the Irish would love to add to the 2008 recruiting class. Still, Notre Dame faces an uphill battle with the young Kansan. Unlike the other schools in his final five, Notre Dame is not recruiting Harper as a quarterback, but rather as an athlete whose position will be determined once he arrives on campus. Harper has taken four of his five visits, has already scheduled his fifth and then will announce his decision.

"I took four visits already," Harper explained. "I've been to Illinois, Notre Dame, Missouri and K-State already. I go to Oregon on the 30th. I've liked a lot of things at each place. Each school has something I like."

Harper's visits have been informative, but not necessarily clarifying.

"Like I said before, I'm just trying to look at everything and see where I fit in best," explained Harper. "There's some schools probably moving up a bit, and some schools have kind of dropped off a bit. I really don't know. I need to sit down and look over the situation. At this time I'm kind of taking in all the visits right now."

For Harper, his decision will be based on that school with which he's the most comfortable. That Notre Dame is recruiting him as an athlete probably does not help their chances. Harper has made it clear that he wants to play quarterback in college.

"The only school that's not recruiting me as a quarterback is Notre Dame," Harper said.

Still, he hasn't ruled out any school as of yet.

"I really don't have an order," explained Harper. "It's kind of hard to say (about who leads). After you take a visit, you're pretty high on that visit, and you start liking that school a lot. You really don't know."

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