Irish hoping to celebrate on signing day

<P>Signing day has not been kind to Notre Dame lately. Notre Dame has a history of disappointment on signing day and it hopes February 5th, 2003 will be the end of the disappointment. Notre Dame could very likely have four players deciding on signing day and the hope is it can land all four of them. </P>

A guy only has to think back to the loss of Deidrick Harrington and Lorenzo Booker last year to understand the disappointment of signing day. Even more disappointing is the Irish have lost many highly recruited defensive ends on signing day or right before. Derrick (D.J.) Johnson, Shawn Cody and Larry Dibbles certainly come to mind. Notre Dame will wait for the final word on top prospect Victor Abiamiri and hope he won't continue the trend.

Ambrose Wooden is another guy who will be deciding on Wednesday and he is considered a must get as well. Wooden brings speed and versatility to this class. Wooden could play a number of positions and possesses legitimate 4.3 speed. Wooden played quarterback in high school but could end up at wide receiver, corner or safety if he chooses Notre Dame. Will Notre Dame land the Gilman duo?

Chase Anastasio also brings versatility and can play a number of positions. He could play corner, running back, wide receiver or safety. Notre Dame has been high on him all year and he was offered a scholarship very early in the process. He could decide sooner but I bet he waits until Wednesday. Anastasio will choose between Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Can the Irish pull another away from the state schools?

Mitchell Thomas will also decide soon. It could be Tuesday or Wednesday. I am going to guess he also waits until signing day. Thomas is a true outside linebacker prospect and someone the Irish have liked for quite a while. The opportunity to play early and the Notre Dame education are appealing to Thomas but will that be enough for him to pack his bags and brave the cold? Thomas will choose between Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.

Notre Dame currently sits at 18 public commitments. With the loss of Mike Jones today, they will only sign two offensive linemen in this class. The Irish still have what many will consider a top 10 class. With the addition of the final four, the Irish will certainly be in the top 10 and could creep into the top five.


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