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  • #51
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BIG Lowcountry recruiting news:<br><br>Bishop England QB Leo Albano is headed to Notre Dame <br><br>Albano put up 7,578 total yards and 106 TDs in his career <br><br>Best of all, four more years of the Victory March fight song <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Frankie Mansfield (@MNfrankie) <a href="">April 26, 2018</a></blockquote>
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    • #52
      You'll love him ab2c,

      He's a Cubbie fan.

      Wonder if he's playing baseball too?


      • #53
        Here's the final updated list for the 2018 PWO's and a freebie write up from Rivals below.

        Michael Vinson ..... UR ..... LS ......... IL ..... Committed 11-14-17
        Greg Mailey .......... UR ..... WR ....... OH .... Committed 12-06-17
        Cody Benjamin ..... UR ...... OL/DE ... FL ..... Committed 2-1-18
        Matthew Salerno ... UR ...... WR/DB .. CA .... Committed 2-7-18
        Cole Capen ........... UR ...... QB ........ CA .... Committed 2-7-18
        Max Siegel ............ UR ...... OL ......... IN .... Committed 2-17-18
        Jake Rittman ......... UR ...... P/K ........ KS .... Committed 4-3-18
        Leo Albano ............ UR ...... WR/DB ... SC .... Committed 4-26-18
        Marcus Thorne ....... UR ..... WR/DB .... IN .... Committted 4-27-18

        Nine Freshmen Walk-Ons Join 2018 Notre Dame Roster

        by Lou Somogyi •

        This year’s 27-scholarship freshman class is the largest single haul in a year at Notre Dame since inking 28 in 2006.

        Overshadowed is nine preferred walk-on freshmen will augment the group while aiding the scout team and practice sessions. Earlier this summer the University released the names for publication in Blue & Gold Illustrated’s 2018 Football Preview. Overall, 119 players are listed on the roster, the maximum 85 on scholarship plus 34 walk-ons.

        By position, the breakdown for the nine freshmen walk-ons is as follows, with their jersey numbers listed first:


        31 Cole Capen, 6-5, 225, Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran)

        Odd number for a QB in more ways than one, but joins fellow Californian J.D. Carney (son of 1983-86 Notre Dame kicker John Carney) , a sophomore, and senior Nolan Henry, as walk-on signal callers.

        Wide Receiver

        26 Leo Albano, 6-1, 200, Charleston, S.C. (Bishop England)

        43 Greg Mailey, 6-2, 185, Hudson, Ohio (Hudson)

        Albano actually was a pro-style quarterback at Bishop England.

        Mailey’s family has previous ties to Notre Dame, and he also received a preferred walk-on offer from the in-state Buckeyes.

        Offensive Line

        63 Cody Benjamin, 6-5, 245, Tampa, Fla. (Berkley Prep)

        64 Max Siegel, 6-3, 280, Indianapolis, Ind. (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep)

        Benjamin, whose scholarship offers included Holy Cross and Davidson, played alongside Nicholas Petit-Frere, a five-star offensive lineman who signed with Ohio State.

        Siegel’s father, also Max, received both his undergraduate (1986) and law degrees (1992) from the University of Notre Dame and has had a long-standing friendship with Fighting Irish director of athletics Jack Swarbrick in Indianapolis. His son played center at Brebeuf.

        Cornerback or Receiver

        29 Matt Salerno, 6-0, 175, Encino, Calif. (Crespi)

        43 Marcus Thorne, 6-2, 200, Washington, Ind. (Washington)

        Salerno, who also starred in soccer and lacrosse, grew up a Notre Dame fan and plans to major in engineering. He caught 77 passes as a senior and was first-team All-Mission League with Stanford recruit Michael Wilson.

        Thorne’s father, also Marcus Thorne, played fullback at Notre Dame as a walk-on from 1993-95 and was the backup to Marc Edwards as a senior, carrying five times for 49 yards and a touchdown.


        16 Jake Rittman, 6-3, 195, Lawrence, Kan. (Free State)

        His older brother Justin was a walk-on running back at UCLA. Rittman, who also handled kickoffs, averaged 39.5 yards per punt as a senior and caught 29 passes for 507 yards and four scores.

        Long Snapper

        65 Michael Vinson, 6-3, 230, Winnetka, Ill. (New Trier)

        A potential contingency option in case junior starter John Shannon is injured. Like predecessors Jordan Cowart (2009-12), Scott Daly (2013-16) and Shannon, Vinson is from Illinois and excelled at Chris Rubio’s camp for specialists.

        <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Truly blessed to have the opportunity to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Notre Dame ☘️🏈 <a href="">@aarynkearney</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Marcus Thorne (@marcusthorne31) <a href="">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>


        • #54

          Burlsworth Trophy Announces Nominees

          Trophy honors most outstanding Walk-On for eleventh year

          FAYETTEVILLE, AR, Dec. 8, 2020 – Today, the Burlsworth Trophy announced 67 players nominated from Division 1 (FBS) schools from across the country for the 2020 Burlsworth Trophy. In the award’s eleventh year, the Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas Walk-On and All-American offensive lineman. Burlsworth’s life is also the subject of a major motion picture, “GREATER”, which was released in 2016. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in American who began his career as a Walk-On and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with FBS (D1) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.

          The 2019 winner was defensive end Kenny Willekes from Michigan State University. After receiving no division one scholarship offers, Willekes walked-on at Michigan State, where he became All-American, the Big 10 Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Michigan State’s all-time leader in tackles for loss (51). The 2018 winner was Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow, who had 186 receptions for 2133 yards and 15 touchdowns, four of which were in national championship games.
          Notre Dame JR Michael Vinson LS
          What did Davonte do?


          • #55
            we've been blessed with some walk ons that have really contributed over the years.
            Love You JB 64.....RIP.....AI720....4EVER