Recruiting week in review.

Recruiting really begins in earnest on the first of September in a player's junior season. That's when formal written scholarship offers can be extended. In the past it seemed that there was always something that kept Charlie Weis's staff behind in recruiting so that few if any offers went out on the first day.

All that has ended this year as the Irish coaching staff officially offered scholarships to ten players on September 1. That's ten more than was offered last year. Hopefully, these offers mean that the Irish feel good about the remaining recruits on this year's board. Last week Irish Eyes spoke with players in both the 2009 and 2010 classes. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Frankie Telfort, LB, 5-11, 205, Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami FL has proved to be a very difficult young man to read thus far in recruiting. When the Scout.com four-star linebacker released his top six schools, even the coaches at some of the schools themselves were surprised. However, for Telfort, with over thirty scholarship offers, his criteria were surprisingly simple. He wanted a pre-med major so he could go to pharmacy school and he wanted a school that puts players in the NFL. He found those qualifications in Notre Dame, Tennessee, USC, Florida, Stanford and Ohio State.

"I've always been interested in helping people," Telfort said. "The medical field, I've always been interested. I've always liked science, science is my favorite subject and medicine is intriguing to me."

Some players really revel in the recruiting process while others seem to find it extremely stressful. Telfort definitely seems to fit in the latter category so when he finally narrowed his list, relief seemed to be the prevalent emotion.

"It's good, man," said Telfort. "Now, I can concentrate. I know which coaches are going to be calling me and I don't have random people calling. It's more organized now and I can focus on a certain six schools."

Telfort plans to contact Notre Dame assistant coach Bernie Parmalee in the next week. Despite the relative lack of communication, Telfort knows what he likes about Notre Dame.

"Notre Dame, just because of their academics," he explained. "It's a smaller school and I can get more in touch with my teachers. My teachers will know who I am and I'll probably be able to get more connections within the school and outside the school. The more people I know the better off I am."

Telfort visited Florida unofficially for the game against Miami last Saturday. He doesn't plan to take any official visits until after his season. He will announce his college decision in January.

While Frankie Telfort is seeing the light at the end of the recruiting tunnel, Corey Brown's, RB, 6-1, 187, Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, PA, recruiting odyssey is just beginning. On the first day that scholarship offers could officially be made to recruits in the class of 2010, Brown's mailbox filled up with so many offers that he lost count of how many and who. Those that he does remember include Notre Dame, Illinois, Penn State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Maryland. Brown admitted to not knowing much about the Irish.

"Not much, nothing at all actually," said Brown of his knowledge of Notre Dame. "I got a letter from them before. They wanted me to come to one of their camps. If they're talking about me coming up there on a visit, I'll go up there."

Brown's performance during his sophomore season led to the plethora of offers. He rushed 182 times for 1017 yards and caught 15 passes for 226 yards. He totaled 14 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded four interceptions from his cornerback position. He picked up right where he left off his sophomore season by rushing for 173 yards on just nine carries in Cardinal O'Hara's 2008 season opening 35-0 win over Archbishop Carroll. Brown also added a 67 yard punt return for a touchdown.

Brown says he has no favorites and has only taken unofficial visits to Penn State and Rutgers.

"I'm looking for good academics and early playing time," said Brown of what he's looking for in a school.

Brown reported running a 4.39 forty at practice and does not know his g.p.a.

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


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