Recruiting week in review.

Charlie Weis is an outstanding recruiter. That much has been apparent during his four years in South Bend. Though there has been much criticism of some areas of his performance, few would find issue with his ability to bring top recruits to Notre Dame.

And the one area of recruiting in which Weis has excelled more than any other has been his ability to attract some truly dynamic playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Players like Golden Tate, Jimmy Clausen, Michael Floyd, Armando Allen and Kyle Rudolph have at times showed flashes of brilliance and their play should only improve. The Irish have targeted several offensive recruits in the class of 2010 and if the Notre Dame staff, led by Weis, continue to demonstrate their recruiting acumen, then it's a safe bet that several of these young men will turn up in the Blue and Gold. Last week Irish Eyes' Steve Wiltfong spoke to two of these recruits. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

Devin Gardner, QB, 6-4, 200, Inkster High School, Inkster, MI is the 2010 top-ranked player in the state of Michigan. Scout.com currently ranks Gardner as a four-star prospect and last week he received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. Gardner's high school coach, Greg Carter woke him early on a snow day. When his phone rang, Gardner considered not answering it, but now he's glad he did. Carter told him to get in touch with Notre Dame. Still not fully awake, Gardner called Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

"He (Brown) asked me how I was doing and how my family and brother were doing," said Gardner. "He told me they wanted to offer me and coach Weis wanted to talk to me for himself."

By now Gardner admits he was fully awake.

"He said they wanted to offer me a full ride and everything and they were a little behind on recruiting and stuff because he had been getting surgeries and all that stuff," Gardner related. "He just said he had been on painkillers a lot. He broke his right knee and tore some ligaments in his left knee and that's pretty bad."

Gardner more than earned his number one ranking in the state of Michigan with his junior performance. He passed for 26 touchdowns and ran for 22 more. He led Inkster to the state championship game where they fell to East Grand Rapids 43-24. His performance has, to date, earned him eleven scholarship offers, including Notre Dame's. Among others to offer him are Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Cincinnati.

Gardner is not in any hurry to make a decision. He plans to fully evaluate his offers, including taking several official visits, before deciding. He's already visited several campuses, including Notre Dame twice.

"They have a nice pro-style system and the game atmosphere is real live too," said Gardner. "They have a real nice campus and they have real good academics."

Gardner is undecided about attending Notre Dame's 24 January Junior Day. He will either attend Notre Dame's or Ohio State's on the twenty-fifth.

Perhaps, someday, Gardner will be handing the ball to Michael Dyer. Dyer, RB, 5-10, 195, Little Rock Academy, Little Rock, AR rushed for 1900 yards as a junior in what some might describe as a "down" year. Dyer, hobbled all season by an ankle sprain, fell well short of his sophomore total of 2710 yards. When asked 'how many more yards would he have gained if healthy' Dyer simply answered, "a lot."

Dyer is a Scout.com four-star prospect and a 2010 top 100 player. He was invited to the Army All-American Bowl combine in San Antonio and, though still not one hundred percent, performed well enough to earn second team all-combine honors. Between his junior season and the combine, he has attracted considerable attention from college programs. He currently holds scholarship offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Stanford, Oregon, Ole Miss and Tulsa. Notre Dame has also been showing considerable interest. Though he doesn't know much about the Irish, he's willing to listen and learn more about the program.

"I give them the same observations," said Dyer of Notre Dame. "I just haven't been to Notre Dame or Florida. I've been to Arkansas and Alabama. All the schools interested in me, I give the same observation. Once I get to know the players and coaches and atmosphere, that's when I'll give my judgment towards a school."

Mostly Notre Dame has just been sending letters and literature to Dyer, but he is reading.

"I got some letters from the coaches and I kind of read through their programs they've sent and I like what I've read," informed Dyer. "I've watched them on TV a couple of times. They're pretty good. I've been reading up on their tradition. I'm not that familiar with it, but I've read over a few things about it."

Notre Dame has some support from Dyer's father.

"Notre Dame is a school I'd like him to see," said Andre Dyer. "The history about it."

Dyer hasn't decided when he'll make his commitment. It could be as early as this summer or as late as after his senior season. It will all depend upon when he finds that right place.

"I'm looking at a place where I'm getting in well with the coaches and the atmosphere and the classrooms and stuff like that," he explained.

Notre Dame hopes he finds that place in South Bend, Indiana.

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


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