Recruiting week in review.

Charlie Weis promised to bring Notre Dame back to college football prominence. After two BCS bowl appearances in his first two years, the Irish definitely took a step back last year. Poor line play, on both sides of the ball, played a major role in last year's 3-9 season.

Weis and his staff have done much improve the talent in this critical area, but much more needs to be done. For Notre Dame to compete effectively with BCS powers like USC or LSU, teams that have large amounts of skill position talent in their backyards, the Irish must be able to dominate the line of scrimmage with superior talent and coaching. Predictably, the Irish staff has put and continues to put tremendous effort into recruiting the big guys up front. Irish Eyes spoke with two young men that have recently received Notre Dame offers. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Notre Dame has been recruiting four-star prospect Pat Muldoon, DE, 6-4, 255, St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, OH for some time now, but just last week extended a scholarship offer. For Muldoon, it came as a bit of a surprise.

"I knew they were interested in me," said Muldoon. "They've come to my school a couple of times actually. They haven't talked to me in a while now, so I was a little surprised. It came out of the blue, because I haven't talked to them for a bit."

Muldoon welcomed the Notre Dame offer with obvious excitement.

"It was big for me, it's a pretty hard school to get offered from," Muldoon stated. "I was honored that they offered me."

Muldoon plans to visit Notre Dame soon. When he does he has a very specific list of things for which he's looking.

"I'm going to take a visit up there definitely, probably in the summer," said Muldoon. "Academics, speed, whether or not the coaches will be around for a while, and what's happening with the team," said Muldoon of those factors that will influence his decision.

As a junior Muldoon recorded 75 tackles, 12 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. That play has earned him 32 scholarship offers to date. He had hoped to make an early decision on his college choice, but his large number of scholarship offers has made that impossible. Instead he will look to take his five visits before he decides.

Notre Dame has also just recently extended an offer to a big-time prospect on the other side of the ball. And like Muldoon, Zach Martin, OL 6-5. 270, Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, IN registered surprise at the scholarship offer.

"I was a little surprised," said Martin. "I'd been getting letters from them. I've spoken with them, but I hadn't heard from them in a while. I just got home and had a message to call coach (Bernie) Parmalee. I spoke with coach Parmalee first and then I spoke with both coach Weis and coach (John) Latina. I was real happy about the offer."

Martin plans to visit Notre Dame in the future.

"I'm going to go up there some time this summer," he said. "I don't know when, but I'll definitely go up there."

Martin has received 21 scholarship offers, including the one from Notre Dame.

"Pretty much most of the Big Ten has offered me except Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin," said Martin. "Boston College, Virginia, UCLA, those are some of the main ones along with now Notre Dame."

Martin says the Irish offer vaults them into his top five, though he's not in any hurry to make a decision.

"I'm going to take some more visits this summer and see what I think," he explained. "I'd like to make a decision by the end of the summer, but I don't want to rush into anything. If I feel I know where I want to go I'll commit then, but I'll just be patient if I'm not sure what I want to do."

These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Eyes. Top Stories