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One Foot Down 2012 Recruiting Central

Welcome to One Foot Down's new Recruiting Central page.

Click on the widget logo on the left sidebar of the main page to bring this page up in the future.

This is where you'll be able to reference scholarship numbers, roster spots, recruit information, player breakdowns, and much more. We are still playing around with content and format a bit, so if you have a suggestion, please feel free to share.

I would like to take a moment to discuss contact with potential recruits. Unless you are personally related to them or have known them for the majority of their life, don't contact them via social media. Ever. Don't do it. No excuses. It won't help, could likely hurt the program's chances and is a potential NCAA violation.

Also, many fans get all excited or disappointed based on the recruiting service rankings of incoming players. These ranknigs are an inexact science at best. Some highly regarded athletes never play a snap in college. Other players that were passed over by top-tier programs become All-Americans. Rankings are generally weighed on a player's height/weight/40 time, location/level of competition and off-season camp circuits more than in-season performance. Trust in the staff's ability to spot talent that fits their system and their ability to develop said talent more than what one site says over another.

For reference, the NCAA rules can be found here.

SBNation recruiting updates for the Fighting Irish can be found here.

Also, SBNation's Spencer Hall wrote a recruiting primer which can be found here.

OFD's Recruiting Blueprint article can be found here.

2012 ND Roster Breakdown (Last Update Feb 21)

Projected Available Scholarships: 7

2012 Notre Dame Football Recruiting Class (Last Updated Feb 21 - Final)

Note: A big thanks to the guys over at Coug Center for the assistance on embedding the doc/map

Latest Recruiting News:

Davonte Neal is Irish!

Deciphering the Defensive Backs, Part Two

Deciphering the Defensive Backs, Part One

Looking at the Linebackers and Defensive Line

Opinions on the Offensive Line (and LS Too)

Breaking Down the Backfield

Notre Dame Football 2012 Recruiting Class Overview

QB Gunner Kiel is Irish!

2012 Positional Priorities

Notre Dame Football Recruting 2012: Remaining Positional Priorities

Notre Dame Football Recruting 2012: Remaining Positional Priorities, Part 2

Notre Dame 2012 National Class Rankings:


22nd nationally, 3.50 average stars, 1,391 points


9th nationally, 6 ESPNU 150 commits


16th nationally, 3.71 average stars, 3,139 points


12th nationally, 91.00 average, 753.71 points

List of States from 2012 Class:

Arizona, Calfornia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana (3x), North Carolina (2x), Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

NSD EE Player Interviews:

Latest Commitment:

Davonte Neal, WR

"Davonte is just too talented to not see the field as a freshman. I think he starts the year as one of the kick returners and should compete as a punt returner as well. There have been reports that the staff wants to use as many as seven WRs in a regular rotation, so expect him to see some time as the slot receiver this season."

Davonte Neal, WR/ATH

Paradise Valley, Arizona (Chaparral)

Ht: 5'10" ║ Wt: 175

Rivals: Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium #17 WR

Scout: Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium #5 CB

ESPN: Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium #1 ATH

247: Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium Starrecruit_medium #6 ATH