Irish eyes attract Clausen to South Bend

Originally Published: April 22, 2006
By Tom Friend | ESPN The Magazine

Last fall, on the first day Jimmy Clausen was allowed to be recruited face-to-face by a college football coach, he was sitting in his high school English class.

And got a tap on the shoulder.

"Come downstairs," he was told. "Coach Weis is here."

That's when the romance escalated between Notre Dame and the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. While other coaches were recruiting the Class of 2006 that day, Irish head coach Charlie Weis -- at 8 a.m. on a weekday -- was staking out the jewel ...

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