Notre Dame Football: Golden Tate

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Notre Dame is one of the most storied programs in college football, with a recruiting reach that spans nationwide. Since the beginning of the ESPN Recruiting Nation era in 2006, the Fighting Irish have experienced their fair share of ups and downs, but they have continued to make their presence known on the recruiting trail and brought some good talent to South Bend, Ind.

Below are Notre Dame’s top five recruits over this eight-year span, based on the prospect’s projection out of high school along with his actual college impact and production. Moving forward, the Fighting Irish could have some of their more recent recruiting targets compete for a spot on this list.

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Relatively drama-free national signing day, no?

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February, 3, 2014
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Ultimate 300: ND's top recruits

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RecruitingNation recently took on the ambitious project of ranking the top 300 prospects since it started evaluating high school players in 2006.

[+] EnlargeManti Te'o
AP Photo/Joe RaymondManti Te'o ranks No. 7 overall in the Ultimate ESPN 300.
The criteria:
For the Ultimate ESPN 300 ranking, we incorporated both the prospect's grade and projection out of high school with his actual college impact and production. In the interest of objectivity, we also included prospects that were not included in our rankings. However, we did not include players we did not evaluate in high school, so there are notable names left off this list, like Michael Crabtree.

The 2014 class was not included. Freshman prospects from the 2013 class who had significant roles and who project similar production in the years to come were incorporated. And the schools listed are the ones the recruits initially committed to, so be warned, Irish fans, there may just be a name or two here who brings up bad memories.

Notre Dame had 13 commits make the list, including two in the top 50, Manti Te'o and Golden Tate.

7) Manti Te'o, OLB, Class of 2009: 2
RecruitingNation scouting report: Te'o appears to be a man among boys on film, a player whose physical weaknesses are difficult to spot. Plays fast and with great intensity. Fills inside with a good base and shows great power and strength when taking on pulling linemen and fullbacks at the point of attack. Full report
College accolades: Unanimous All-American. Walter Camp national POY. Heisman runner-up. Winner of Nagurski, Bednarik, Butkus, Lott and Lombardi awards. Career statistics (4 years): 437 total tackles, 34 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 7 INTs.

41) Golden Tate, WR, Class of 2007: 11
RecruitingNation scouting report: Tate is one of the best overall athletes in this entire class and could be an impact player at the college level at multiple positions. However, his outstanding blend of speed, quickness, instincts and ball skills will likely have every coach placing him at cornerback or wide receiver. Full report
College accolades: Biletnikoff Award winner. Unanimous All-American. Career statistics (3 years): 157 rec., 2,707 yards, 26 TDs, 3 rush TDs, 1,196 return yards.

As for the rest of the Irish contingent:

54) Michael Floyd, WR, Class of 2008: 29
62) Louis Nix, DT, Class of 2010: 64
101) Tyler Eifert, TE, Class of 2009: NR
111) Jaylon Smith, OLB, Class of 2013: 13
115) Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Class of 2013: 10
122) Sam Young, OT, Class of 2006: 19
245) Shaquelle Evans, WR, Class of 2009: 40
254) Tarean Folston, ATH, Class of 2013: 66
255) Stephon Tuitt, DE, Class of 2011: 90
265) Jimmy Clausen, QB, Class of 2007: 8
277) Kyle Rudolph, TE, Class of 2008: 105

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Notre Dame vs. Navy: Did you know?

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Thanks to ESPN Stats & Info and sports information departments for these tidbits:
  • These teams have met every year starting in 1927. Notre Dame previously had a 43-game winning streak against Navy. The longest Navy winning streak against Notre Dame is two games. Last year’s meeting was played in Dublin, Ireland, the season opener for both teams. Notre Dame drubbed Navy 50-10, the first win a in a undefeated regular season for the Fighting Irish.
  • From 1964 through 2006, Notre Dame went 43-0 against Navy. That streak was the most consecutive wins against a major opponent in FBS history. From 2007 through last season, however, the teams are 3-3 against each other. That includes Navy winning two of the last three meetings in South Bend. If Navy wins this game, it will have four wins in a seven-game span overall against Notre Dame for the first time since 1957-63.
  • Notre Dame allowed 2.2 yards per play in the red zone last season, tied for the second fewest in FBS. Through eight games this season, the Fighting Irish have allowed as many red-zone touchdowns (13) as they had allowed all of last season.
  • Notre Dame is getting big contributions from freshmen this season and that was highlighted last week when freshmen WR Corey Robinson and WR Will Fuller both caught touchdown passes. Notre Dame said it’s only the third time in school history that two freshman have caught touchdowns in the same game. The others instances were 2007, by Golden Tate and Duval Kamara, and 1988 by Rocket Ismail and Derek Brown.
  • Beating Notre Dame in November under Brian Kelly has been a rare feat. The Irish are 10-1 in November games under Kelly and the only loss came in 2011 at No. 6 Stanford. Since Kelly came to Notre Dame in 2010, only two FBS schools have a better November record: Northern Illinois (11-0) and Stanford (12-1). “October is for pretenders and November is for contenders,” Kelly said. “We try to ingrain that within our players’, coaches’ minds that this is now the time to kick it into gear because this is where you get the opportunity to play for championships.”
  • The Irish are 25th in the BCS standings this week though just outside of the rankings in the AP poll (first team in “others receiving votes.”) What would it take for the Irish to get to a BCS bowl? BCS rules state that Notre Dame will have an automatic berth if it is in the top eight of the final BCS standings. The Irish would almost certainly have to win out, including a win at No. 5 Stanford, to finish 10-2 and make a case for a top-eight spot in the BCS standings. Stanford is the only remaining currently-ranked opponent on Notre Dame’s schedule. If Notre Dame is in the top 14 and has at least nine wins, it is eligible for an at-large selection to a BCS bowl.
  • Navy is the least-penalized team in FBS. The Midshipmen are the only FBS team averaging fewer than three penalties per game (2.9) and are tallying just 23.4 penalty yards per game, also the lowest total in FBS. That’s almost one-fourth the penalty yardage as the most-penalized team in FBS, Houston (82.7 penalty yards per game).

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