Recruiting Week in Review

If there's been one Achilles heel in Notre Dame's recruiting under Charlie Weis, it has been at defensive tackle. It's not that the players that Weis has brought in have not been productive, but rather that there just haven't been enough players brought in. The Irish would love to strike gold this recruiting season at the position and have some early candidates high on their list. ]

Irish Eyes' Steve Wiltfong spoke to one of the defensive tackle recruits last week. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?

In ninth grade, Louis Nix, DT, 6-4, 320, William H. Raines High School, Jacksonville, FL thought that football was simply a game. Certainly he wasn't so very different than most young men that age who don't seriously consider their future. Now, three years later, the Scout.com four-star defensive tackle has come to realize that football is going to provide him with opportunities he could have barely believed possible back then.

"In ninth grade, I thought football was football," said Nix. "It wasn't going to get me anywhere."

Since then, he has come to realize that through football he is going to get a college education and, unlike most students today, emerge from college with no debt. One of the truly defining moments for Nix came when Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis offered him a scholarship. While the Irish offer still remains prestigious for most high school players, there was more to the offer than just the opportunity to play at Notre Dame. The Irish had held off on Nix's offer because of his grades. Now, after putting in hard work in the classroom, he has raised his grades to the point where he can pass the more stringent admission standards at Notre Dame.

"He (Weis) said he saw my film and he said he thought I'm was the type of guy that could play for Notre Dame," Nix related. "He said he heard about how I might consider something in physics in college and that I've been trying to do my work and improve my grades and that I don't b.s. about it and he likes those kinds of kids."

Though Nix is currently a soft verbal to Miami, He definitely likes Notre Dame. He is also considering Florida, Florida State and LSU. Right now, the Irish hold the second spot on his list, just behind Miami.

"Notre Dame has went higher on the list," Nix said. "I would put them at second."

Nix plans to visit South Bend at some point. Originally, he planned to attend the Blue-Gold game, but those plans fell through.

"I should be coming up there sometime," Nix explained. "I don't know when, but I'm trying my hardest to get up there. It might not be for a game, but just to come up there and look around."

One of the attractions of Miami for Nix is the confidence he has in current Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon to turn that program around. He possesses that same confidence in Weis.

"I like that," Nix said of Weis's rebuilding effort at Notre Dame. "At Notre Dame I see they're getting top recruits like the linebacker I'm really fond of, Manti Te'o. I really enjoyed seeing him play in the Under Armour game, so I see everybody is getting great recruits and their program is rising above last year. I can't wait to see that in the end."

One position in which Notre Dame has had no shortage of top recruits is running back. Not since Lou Holtz walked the Irish sidelines has Notre Dame had the stable of running backs currently on the Irish roster. Still, as many teams have learned the hard way, there's no such thing as too many running backs. With that thought in mind, Notre Dame is aggressively recruiting several running backs in the class of 2010. None of them are any better than Michael Dyer.

Dyer, RB, 5-10, 195, Little Rock Academy, Little Rock, AR currently holds seventeen scholarship offers from some of the most prestigious football programs in the nation. Schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Colorado have stepped to the plate for the services of the Scout.com four-star running back. Now, Notre Dame has entered the mix as well.

It's not difficult to see why schools are so enamored with Dyer. As a junior he rushed for over 1900 yards and 19 touchdowns, all while being hampered by a sprained ankle. As a sophomore, he ran for 2710 yards and 28 touchdowns. Dyer says he has no favorites at this point.

Notre Dame has been recruiting Dyer for some time now, mostly through mailings and e-mail. Dyer's uncle Andre Dyer informed Irish Eyes that Notre Dame had offered his nephew a scholarship, but Michael has yet to actually speak to Charlie Weis.

"I've been reading up on their tradition," explained Dyer. "I'm not that familiar with it, but I've read over a few things about it. This year and next year they'll be where they're supposed to be at. I don't know if this team will be as good as Brady Quinn's bunch, but I think they'll step out and do as much as they can."

Dyer reports a 3.5 grade point average plans to major in business. He is Scout.com's class of 2010's four-rated running back in the nation.

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


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