Four Enroll Early:
Late yesterday afternoon, ND Football (social media) officially announced their first (actual) commitments of the 2015 class:
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) January 12, 2015
I’m not one to get overly invested in trying to figure out what these players mean for the program in the short-term. My general opinion: Getting players is good. Getting good players is better. Have faith in the coaches that they know what they’re doing. That said, let’s briefly take a look at each of the four newest members of the Notre Dame family:
247 Sports gave Coney a composite 3-star ranking. The 6’2″, 221 pounder from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is another impressive get for Brian Kelly’s staff at the linebacker position following Jaylon Smith two years ago and Nyles Morgan last year. Most of the scouting services view the Under Armour All-American long-term as an inside linebacker. Perhaps as importantly, Notre Dame fought off a late push from the U (Miami) to get the Florida native away from his home state. Anytime Notre Dame can beat out a local school in a hot bed state like Florida, California, Texas, it can be seen as nothing but a positive.
Dew-Treadway’s another 3-star composite player on the defensive side of the ball. Dew-Treadway’s a 6’5″, 275 pounder from Bolingbrook, Illinois slated to play defensive line. Seriously, these guys are not the same species as me. Most services have Dew-Treadway listed presently at defensive end, and that will be the question with him. Will Notre Dame keep him there, or will he long-term move into the interior by adding some weight? With several other young defensive linemen with even thicker size in the fold (read: Daniel Cage, Peter Mokwuah) Notre Dame will have options on the interior.
A huge get and long time Notre Dame verbal commit, Hoge is rated the number one offensive center prospect in the nation. Hoge was an Army All-American and is the nephew of former NFLer and lover of enormous tie knots, Merrill Hoge. An Idaho native, Hoge was recruited by the mormons (BYU) and mormon in their heart (Boise State) but ultimately chose the Irish. While many fans were frustrated by offensive line play this season, with incoming freshmen like Hoge and redshirt freshman Quenton Nelson looming and ready to make an impact, there is plenty of room for optimism.
Tillery is a well-regarded offensive line prospect who was a composite 4-star recruit. 6’6″, 315 pound dudes from Shreveport, Louisianna end up playing for LSU. That’s what they do. Not Tillery who clearly saw who was really better at the Music City Bowl. Kidding of course. Tillery’s been a verbal commit to the Irish since 2013. Tillery made the Army All-American game and despite being recruited heavily for his offensive line prowess, recent comments seemed to suggest Tillery might switch over to defensive tackle. At least pursuant to the official ND tweet, that’s exactly what’s happened. We shall see. In the meantime, if you enjoy watching little guys get trucked by much bigger guys, enjoy this.
Golson to Appear on “Temptation Island”
While four individuals actually enrolled at Notre Dame, 24 “sourced” contestants have apparently invited Everett Golson to join “Temptation Island:”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 12, 2015
What’s that? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, let me take you on a wonderful stroll to the past. Not that long ago, the Fox Network was a terribly trashy place to be. Hold your silly remarks about how it still is. This is in a way that should’ve made people cringe openly and weep deeply. Over a two year period running between 2001 and 2003, Fox introduced: (1) A fake reality show parodying “The Bachelor” about a slimy unemployed dude whose role-model was obviously David Hasselhoff called “Joe Millionaire;” (2) a verrrrrrry real special in which humans were pitted against animals in competition including this gem of a battle between Kobayashi and a Kodiak bear eating hot dogs and 44 little people engaged in a tug of war versus an elephant…kind of; (3) and the previously referenced “Temptation Island.”
A quick rundown of the plot of Temptation Island”: Fox gratuitously places 4 couples onto an island and places the men and women in separate camps. The men are paired with 12 female “models” (pronounced: prostitutes) while the women are paired with 12 male “models” (pronounced: gigolos). The entire show is designed around seeing whether or not the couples will stay true to one another or give into temptation. The Fox producers would randomly put the segregated couple members and models into over sexualized situations because that’s how life and relationships work. Who hasn’t had to give an oil bath to a total stranger whose sole purpose for being is to try to get you to cheat on your significant other? I’m unsure if anyone ever won anything (except the audience because we were all clearly winners). I don’t think the contestants ever won anything unless being emotionally crippled is a reward. I’m sure all of these people went on to lead normal, well-adjusted lives. Oh yeah, all seasons of the show were “hosted” by Mark Wahlberg because, duh!
Okay, are you still reading? If so, let’s tie this back to sports. So, as best I can tell, SI posted an entirely unsubstantiated article that other teams could be interested in Golson. Who are these teams? No one knows. From where did this information derive? No one knows. What is the purpose of this exercise? Well…..much like “Temptation Island” I believe the only reason for this is to drive page clicks (viewership) by artificially creating drama of people cheating on one another. That’s the reason for this type of link/article. However, in the case of Golson, he hasn’t even made it to the island yet. The only way Golson will have any eligibility to transfer is if/when he graduates from Notre Dame. No graduation, no transfer or eligibility. In the meantime, communications either way between Golson and another school would be at best “frowned upon” by the NCAA and at worse would violate NCAA rules. You may fill in your conspiracy theories here. No, at the moment Golson resides at Temptation Customs Check. Until that clears, there is no entry to the Island of models and dinner tequila body shots followed by edible underwear entrees. SI’s just selling you the distant previews of what may be. If you’re interested in “Temptation Island” previews, may I point you to HLS’s EIC who is (fairly) recently married and has a little one on the way who made it known:
— Ryan Ritter (@HLS_NDtex) January 12, 2015
These sources are confirmed.
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