Notre Dame and Colorado's football programs have come under fire over the past year for various reasons. But both teams could play a big factor in recruiting circles this year after the Buffaloes enjoyed a solid season under head coach Gary Barnett and Notre Dame recently hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss.
In particular, Weiss received a commitment this past week from East Paulding (Dallas, Ga.) senior offensive lineman Paul Duncan, who is rated the No. 75 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. Duncan was named to the Class AAAA All-State first team this past fall by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Meanwhile, Colorado received a pledge this week from Mullen (Denver, Colo.) senior running back Maurice Greer. Greer picked the Buffs over Kansas State.
Greer's commitment was particularly important for Colorado because it keeps the state's top running back in-state. Greer was named All-Colorado Offensive Player of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News this past fall after he ran for 2,098 yards and 31 touchdowns to lead Mullen to the Class 5A state title.
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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be held this Saturday in San Antonio at 12 p.m. CST and it will be televised nationally on NBC.
Many Top 100 recruits are expected to give oral commitments during Saturday's broadcast, including Ragsdale (Jamestown, N.C.) running back Toney Baker, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) linebacker Ryan Reynolds, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) defensive lineman Ekom Udofia, Wayne County (Waynesboro, Miss.) defensive lineman Jerrell Powe, Barrington (Barrington, Ill.) offensive lineman Dan Doering and Randallstown (Randallstown, Md.) defensive lineman Melvin Alaeze.
Stay tuned to SchoolSports.com for all the latest information.