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Bizarro And Commitment #13

May 27, 2007


Brandon Newman is Irish. The 6’1″ 305 pound nose tackle informed Coach Weis this weekend that he was coming to ND in 2008. This was during a scheduled visit to ND and a sleepover at Braxton Cave’s home. Captain Caveman has been as involved in recruiting other top talent as the Irish staff.

The Pleasure Ridge Park High (Louisville, Kentucky) standout chose ND over a host of other schools, including in-state rivals Louisville and Kentucky. There is no doubt he will be receiving even more offers now that he has committed to Notre Dame.

What makes this a truly extraordinary commit, besides being a top talent, is the fact that this is the 3rd DT committed to the Irish. O.K., the other two project more as defensive ends, but none the less this is HUGE for ND which has struggled in the past to attract top talent on the d-line, despite offering early playing time.

What world are we living in? Is this Bizarro World. Things are changing for the Irish and the hiring of Corwin Brown seems to be the catalyst. Of the 13 commits, 6 of them are on the defensive side of the ball. This is a long ways away from Ty’s days of losing out on these guys, and not filling out the depth chart. Another bizarre point; Our 13th commit last year was Taylor Dever…on December 16th. Next someone will be telling me that at the end of the season, ND will have a top 10 defense and, despite their youth and a EXCRUCIATINGLY tough schedule, the Fighting Irsh will make back to a BCS game… and win. I think I might like this world, which is looking like the glory days of old.

I need a Beer. I’m Irish.
Welcome To ND Brandon!!!

Captain Caveman, Walter Solchek, and Commitment

March 5, 2007

Notre Dame’s Junior Day seems to have gone quite well. The Fighting Irish picked up 2 more commitments for the 2008 incoming class. These weren’t just your run of the mill Tom Smith’s or Bob White’s, these were 2 young men making a run for the all-name team when they qualify after National signing day.

John Goodman, a 6’4″ 185 pound wide receiver from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne Indiana, gave a verbal commitment to Charlie Weis and the Fighting Irish. John, or Walter as I will call him from now on, chose ND over Michigan, Iowa, and a slew of other Big Integer teams.Because of his skin pigment and the reports that he is deceptively fast, Walter is already being compared to Samardzija. While this would be great news in itself, Walter actually reminds me more of Mo Stovall. He has longer strides and jumps better than the Shark ala Mo. Congratulations to Walter and to the Fort for finally producing a ND commit in the last decade.

Braxton Cave is a 6’4″ interior lineman out of Penn High School in Mishawaka Indiana. He has been primarily a center throughout high school, which leads me to wonder if he might end up on the defensive side of the ball with Golic already on board…or visa versa. Welcome to ND Braxton.
Here is a video of Braxton talking about his commitment.