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Monday, March 26, 2012
Notes from a busy weekend

By Matt Fortuna

Busy weekend, no?

Notre Dame more than doubled the size of its 2013 recruiting class, picking up commitments Sunday from ESPNU 150 Watch List quarterback Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) and Watch List offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey (Philadelphia/William Penn). On Saturday, offensive tackles Colin McGovern (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) and Watch List member Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo) pledged their allegiance to Brian Kelly and the Irish.

Notre Dame also invited us in for the last half-hour or so of its first padded spring practice Saturday, with Kelly holding court for a few minutes afterward before we interviewed all four quarterbacks for the first time this spring.

You can read about Gunner Kiel's first session with reports here. I have to say, the kid was very impressive and candid given the circumstances.

You will also be seeing four different stories today on the quarterbacks, including another one on Kiel, this one focusing on him being, as Chuck Martin called it, "overexuberant" since arriving in January.

As for practice, former NBA star David Robinson was the first person to stand out upon entrance, as the 7-foot-1 Hall of Famer was chatting it up with Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick. Robinson's son, Corey, was visiting for Junior Day.
“We were going to throw some to you, but your son said you didn't have good feet,” Kelly said to Robinson after practice.

DaVaris Daniels (leg) did not participate in the mini-scrimmage when we were viewing, but Kelly said he was expected back at practice Wednesday. Cierre Wood (quad) was held out at the end as well, but Kelly said he went live in the rodeo drill.