Jimmy Clausen picks Irish

Jimmy Clausen will follow Casey Clausen's dream instead of his older brother's lead.

Jimmy Clausen, heralded quarterback for Oaks Christian High of Westlake Village, Calif., will commit publicly to Notre Dame at 8:30 Saturday morning, according to a report on ESPN.com.

Casey Clausen dreamed of playing quarterback for Notre Dame but was not offered a scholarship by the Irish. He wound up signing with Tennessee instead. Rick Clausen, who graduated high school a year after Casey, signed with LSU but transferred to Tennessee, where he was a part-time starter the past two years.

Jimmy, youngest and most talented of the Clausen clan, appeared likely to follow his older brothers to Knoxville at one time. After leaning heavily to Tennessee for years, however, he began to reconsider when Southern Cal won the 2003 and 2004 national titles. UT fell further off the lead when Charlie Weis turned around Notre Dame's fortunes in 2005.

Notre Dame's starting quarterback, Brady Quinn, will be a senior in 2006, leaving a void at QB for 2007 that Jimmy Clausen hopes to fill. He certainly has impressive prep credentials. The 6-foot-3, 207-pounder has thrown for 7,234 yards and 88 touchdowns en route to a 27-0 record as a starter. He has thrown just 11 interceptions in helping Oaks Christian average 53 points per game over the past two years.

Jimmy reportedly has a stronger arm and quicker feet than Casey or Rick. In fact, Rick Clausen is quoted in the ESPN.com story saying his younger sibling is "better than both of us right now."

Young Clausen reportedly has a 3.3 grade-point average and will graduate in January of 2007, so he can participate in Notre Dame's spring practice next year.


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