You lose some, you win some: Michael Floyd commits to Notre Dame

According to Mike Frank of Irish Eyes, Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.) wide receiver Michael Floyd committed to Notre Dame after his official visit this past weekend:

The 6-3, 210-pound five-star prospect says it was both football and education that sold him on Notre Dame.”The education you get at Notre Dame is much better than most schools. Having both the big-time football and the education is what really sold me on Notre Dame,” Floyd said.

Floyd also said hanging out with his future teammates was a big factor.

“I was able to meet more of the guys this weekend, and I got along really well with all of them,” he said. “I got to know the guys in the freshman class, and some of the recruits committed in this class.”

Floyd, who is a five-star prospect on Scout.com and has received four stars from Rivals, is widely regarded as one of the very best players in the nation this year, both at his position and overall. He is ranked #79 overall on the Rivals 100, and #54 overall by Scout, and is the 20th player to commit to Notre Dame this year, and the second wide receiver. You can keep track of his season-long accomplishments by following the Irish Roundup’s weekly Friday Night Lights feature.

The other primary contender for Floyd’s services was Ohio State, with Minnesota a distant third. He was expected to wait until the Army All-American Game to announce his decision, and the fact that he chose to commit right after being present for such a tough loss is clear evidence that the mood among the Irish players, especially the younger ones, as well as their current recruits - many of whom were at the game as well - is not nearly as negative as some have speculated it might be. The future may seem far away, but it’s looking bright nonetheless.

Welcome to the Notre Dame family, Michael!

[UPDATE: I realized I should have linked to this excellent profile of Floyd and his mother, Theresa Romeo, from the 8/29 Minneapolis Star-Tribune. A quick excerpt:

School doesn't start for a couple more hours, yet there's Michael Floyd hopping on a city bus on St. Paul's east side at 6 a.m. Changing buses downtown, he makes it across town to Cretin-Derham Hall High School in time to start his work study program by 6:45.

He's off each morning with the blessings of his mother, a woman of deep faith who will be forever thankful for her son's fateful journey. Theresa Romero had cried after attending Cretin's summer open house four years ago, knowing as a single parent of five there was no way she could afford to send her son to the private school.

"It was a mom's dream," Romero said. "There is no way a kid can't make it there unless he absolutely doesn't want to."

Floyd assured his mom that, together, they could make it work. Their success story is about to resume in earnest as Floyd returns to the classroom for his senior year and to the national spotlight as a gifted wide receiver.

Floyd, 6-3, 205 pounds, a fluid sprinter with exceptional hands, can name the college he would like to play for next season, but has yet to do so. Notre Dame offered him a scholarship after his sophomore season, which is unprecedented in Cretin's storied athletic history.

Doors are continuing to open up for the kid who has had little more than a roof over his head.

Romero, "too poor" to buy the latest basketball shoes her son fell in love with while in Las Vegas last month for an AAU basketball tournament, gathered herself after yet more tears had fallen and apologized to her son for not taking advantage of her own educational opportunities. If the youngest of Romero's children -- and her only son -- is paying the price, he appears to have avoided the added expense that comes with bitterness.

"That's the position I'm in," Floyd said. "You just get over the humps. I've been doing it so far."

Floyd's job in Cretin's fitness center helps pay some of the tuition, and his mom works at the concession stands at the Metrodome and Xcel Energy Center. Romero knows the people at Cretin have played their part, too, just as her heart had told her they would four years ago.

"I didn't even know Cretin was known for sports," Romero said.

Floyd certainly did. Football has always been his game, and he identified Cretin as the place that could help him maximize his skills. His father, Michael Floyd Sr., who has never lived with the family but has remained a part of his son's life, always has stressed that doing the right thing applies both on and off the field.

So, for the most part, Floyd has said goodbye to his rough-and-tumble neighborhood and accepted a new way of life.

Read the whole thing if you can. He seems like a really terrific kid, with a great family behind him. No doubt he'll make an incredible addition to ND's roster.]

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