Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Thursday, November 23

ND Recruiting Never Ends

Saturday’s game at USC is not the end of the world, or even of the season, which is why coach Charlie Weis will not be joining his players on their return home. He has more important matters to consider –- like getting more players good enough to keep the Irish in national title contention.

Weis says he plans to stay out West and recruit, slowly making his way east back to South Bend. Several members of his coaching staff will do the same thing. Given the high school talent in California, that seems a wise use of time.

“I’m well received,” Weis says, “but that doesn’t mean my presence is going to win out on every kid you end up visiting.”

Weis visits a lot of high school players, which means meeting their families and, at times, their extended families.

“There’s anywhere from just a couple of people to everyone within three states,” Weis says. “I have a presentation that I do, then I answer questions. It’s their call on how many people are there. It’s their terms, not mine.”

Of course, once a player signs and gets to campus, Weis sets the terms. And with a 19-4 record, those terms seem to be working out, no matter what happens in the national title game race.


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