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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Irish recruiting update

By Matt Fortuna

No game this weekend makes this a relatively quiet week on the Notre Dame recruiting front, but our guy Jared Shanker does have what Irish fans hope is the first of lots of good news to report as the Oct. 22 game with USC nears.

Four-star Centerville (Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo will be in town for his official visit next weekend. And he will be taking in his first-ever college football game.
“I’m pretty excited, I have a lot of expectations,” he said.

“People tell me, ‘Ifeadi you’re getting recruited by all these schools, it’s ridiculous that you’ve never been to a game.’ ”

He had better get used to them.

Rated the 51st overall prospect by ESPNU, Odenigbo stands 6-foot-3, weighs 212 pounds and runs a 4.62 40. The Irish crack his top five, along with Ohio State, Stanford, Cal and Northwestern.

Odenigbo has mixed feelings about the in-state Buckeyes' rough start and cloudy future, though he has yet to rule them out.

The situation is similarly murky for Irish commit Chris Brown, whose father, Joe, told GoUpstate.com a week ago that he wants his son to play at South Carolina. Chris since told The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) that he is strongly considering the in-state Gamecocks.

Brown, a three-star receiver out of Hanahan (S.C.) High School, committed to Notre Dame following his Sept. 17 official visit, when the Irish beat Michigan State.

Notre Dame is currently at 16 verbal commitments and ranks 11th in ESPN.com's Insider Class of 2012 rankings.