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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Irish recruiting update

By Matt Fortuna

The big news of the past week was the verbal commitment of William Mahone, a four-star running back from Austintown Fitch (Ohio) High School who became recruit No. 16 for Notre Dame. But could the Fighting Irish's commitment list drop back down to 15?

As our Jared Shanker points out (Insider), wide receiver Chris Brown, who became the Irish's 15th commitment a day after they defeated Michigan State, may be having second thoughts on his venture to South Bend, according to palmettosports.com.

Brown's father, Joe, has said he would prefer the Hanahan (S.C.) High School wideout stay in-state at South Carolina. Brown is a three-star prospect and the third receiver to have committed to Notre Dame so far.

Regardless, the get of Mahone is huge, as Notre Dame will lose Jonas Gray after this campaign and perhaps even Cierre Wood, depending on his draft stock at season's end.

Mahone, at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, is rated the 14th-best running back in the nation and is the first one to commit to Notre Dame so far.

The Irish remained at No. 11 in ESPN's latest 2012 recruiting class rankings.