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Whiffed.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Yikes. What a day. Within the last twenty-four hours, it seems that:

  1. A spot at Texas A&M opened back up for Kapron Lewis-Moore, who promptly recommitted to the Aggies;
  2.  Mike Martin canceled his visit to Notre Dame; and
  3. Kenneth Page gave a verbal commitment to Clemson.

And with those three strikes, it looks like the Irish are nearly out of non-longshot prospects for 2008. No word yet, though, on the academic situation of RB Milton Knox, who as I said on Tuesday may see an offer if his test scores are high enough, and has apparently shown some strong interest in ND. Georgia DE/OLB Keith Wells is scheduled to visit South Bend this weekend, apparently with his mother, so we’ll see how that turns out - but right now ND seems to be on the outside looking in on this one.

Don’t worry, though. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more drama before February 7th …

Merry Christmas from the Irish Roundup

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

My wife and I start dragging our poor little kid across the country tomorrow morning, so blogging will be sporadic until a bit after New Year’s. I’ll keep posting updates on the recruits, though, and Jared and some other potential guest-bloggers have some good stuff in the works as well. You can, of course, track every last wrinkle in the Irish offseason via the IrishEnvy forums. In the meantime, check out the hilarious ND football Christmas card that IE’s “Win4Gipper” put together (click the photo for the animated version).

Happy Holidays Merry Christmas, everyone.

That’s “MISTER Football” to you …

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Congratulations to 2008 DL commitment Sean Cwynar, of Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill., who just this past weekend was named Illinois “Mr. Football” for the 2007 season:

Sean Cwynar was blown away Saturday night, which is a rare sight, considering he stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 285 pounds.

The Marian Central senior lineman watched some of the IHSA state football championships and enjoyed the Class 8A game from a skybox at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. Then, at halftime, Cwynar joined Montini’s Garrett Goebel and Chicago Mount Carmel’s Steve Filer as the three nominees for the Mr. Football award.

Cwynar, who started at offensive tackle and defensive end, was named the winner of the award, given for the first time.

“I wasn’t expecting to win it,” Cwynar said. “It was cool. It’s a real big trophy. Those guys were two real good players. Just to be nominated as one of top three players, when you look at all the all-state players around the state, 20 in each class, was an honor. To be Player of the Year is just awesome.”

Cwynar also talked about his decision to graduate early from high school and enroll at Notre Dame a semester early to take part in spring practices:

“I’m excited about [enrolling early],” said Cwynar, who ranks in the top 30 of his senior class. “It was cool to get the opportunity to do that. I knew last summer [I could do it], but I had to take a religion and a Spanish class to get enough credits. I just kept it quiet, I didn’t want [graduating early] to interfere with the season.”

Cwynar was a two-way starter on Marian’s Class 5A state runner-up team in 2006 and again this season, when the Hurricanes reached the 5A semifinals. By enrolling early, Cwynar can join the Fighting Irish for spring practices. First, he will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6 in San Antonio.

“[Enrolling early] will give me a lot better chance to have some early playing time,” Cwynar said. “I’ll have a whole extra semester to work on everything.”

Congratulations, Sean! The ND community looks forward to seeing you around campus and on the playing field.

The Irish Roundup has moved!

Friday, October 5th, 2007

… though you’ve probably already figured that out if you made it here.

We’re now an official part of the Irish Envy universe (the forums are here), and our permanent address is www.irishenvy.com/irishroundup. Update your blogrolls, and if the Roundup isn’t already on them, then put it there!

I apologize for the technical glitches that have occurred during the move. In particular, embedding YouTube clips seems to make the site go sort of crazy, and it doesn’t seem possible to make links to the old blogspot pages forward directly to the proper posts over here. But in case you’re looking for anything in particular, here are a few posts that have recently been linked elsewhere:

  • Here’s the post on Golden Tate Mania.
  • Here’s the post comparing the reliance of ND’s offense on true underclassmen to a bunch of other programs.
  • Here’s my rundown of how the Irish blew it against Purdue.
  • Here’s my comparison of the number of departures from ND’s 2006 recruiting class to other top classes from that year.
  • And here’s my post comparing ND’s current group of 19 committed players for 2008 to their past two recruiting classes.
  • You can also find all of the “Friday Night Lights” posts, which detail how our recruits have been doing in their high school games, here.

You could also try using the search, categories, tags, or archives in the sidebar. Please e-mail irishroundup [at] gmail [dot] com if you experience any particular difficulties.

I’ll be back a bit later today with some news and notes.

Whoa.

Thursday, October 4th, 2007


Thanks, Pat. And welcome, Blue-Gray Sky readers. The post you’re probably looking for is here.

Man, I feel like an internet movie star.

P.S. Sorry if you experience a few technical difficulties as the domain is being moved over from Blogger. Feel free to e-mail irishroundup [at] gmail [dot] com with any specific problems.