Saturday, April 22, 2006

Clausen is Irish

In the biggest recruiting coup since Ron Powlus, Notre Dame secured a verbal commitment today from quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who is probably the most highly regarded high school prospect in the past 4-5 years. Clausen plans on enrolling in January 2007 in the hopes of starting as a true freshman (Personally, I think Evan Sharpley will be your 2007 starter, but I'm probably in the minority). While there is much debate whether Clausen will live up to hype of being the Lebron James of football or the best California quarterback prospect since John Elway, I think whether he lives up to the hype is irrelevant. The commitment of Clausen is going to give Notre Dame the ability to more easily sign other top offensive prospects such as receivers Arrelious Benn of Washington, D.C., Duval Kamara of Hoboken, N.J., Greg Little of Durham, N.C. , running back and high school teammate of Clausen, Marc Tyler and other top offensive prospects who want to play with Clausen. If Notre Dame does not have the number one recruiting class this year, I would be totally shocked. If you needed yet another sign that Notre Dame is back, this was it. Notre Dame will no longer be beaten by the USCs and Michigans of the world for the superior talent. The glory days are back.