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Notre Dame Balancing Huge Game With Prominent Recruiting Weekend

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    September 13, 2017 6:26 PM PDT

     

    it is said that those who spend too much time building for the future might not be around to reap the benefits.,Authentic Ryan Kelly Jersey,In the coaching profession

    WIN — What’s Important Now.,Authentic Phillip Dorsett Jersey,In other words

    this weekend is the ultimate balancing act of the present and future.,For Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly

    On one side, the No. 24-ranked Fighting Irish have an opportunity versus No. 15 Georgia to have their first two-game winning streak since November 2015, regain credibility and build a little momentum.

    the Notre Dame staff is holding one of the school’s biggest recruiting weekends ever for a home football game.,At the same time

    Eleven official and two unofficial visitors so far are slated to arrive from the Class of 2018. Seven already are verbally committed to the Irish while six others might be contemplating joining them, headlined by five-star Georgia offensive guard Jamaree Salyer. Fifteen others from the class of 2019 are slated to be in, and even three from the Class of 2020.

    Preparing for one of the most anticipated games of the eight-year Kelly era while also hosting more than two-dozen coveted student athletes is almost akin to preparing for final exams while planning a wedding for the same weekend.

    Back in Kelly’s second season in 2011, piped-in music for the first time ever at the stadium, Notre Dame also had a highly anticipated night game — the first at home in 21 years — with arch rival USC. It was the night of shiny new gold helmets, safety Shaq Thompson, and the school's biggest ever recruiting night for a game. It included numerous five-star recruits such as linemen Arik Armstead and John Theus, running back Keith Marshall and quarterback Gunner Kiel, among others.

    the more the conversation steered toward the recruiting weekend and the dynamic high school athletes.,Authentic Benardrick McKinney Jersey,The closer the game neared

    an extremely bitter pill for Kelly to swallow.,Authentic Jaelen Strong Jersey,Guess what? The game still had to be played. The Irish fell behind 14-0 after two series on both sides before finishing with a 31-17 defeat

    The priorities for this weekend are understood.

    ” Kelly said. “You have to be careful that you don’t put too much of your preparation into recruiting and forget what you’re doing. Authentic T.J. Green Jersey,All week our focus and preparation are on the Georgia football team — and our team in particular.”,“We’ve had many of these and have done quite well in that balance

    the opportunity for a little meeting time and communication is enhanced a little.,Authentic Le'Raven Clark Jersey,Because the game is at night

    “When you do have that evening game there is that time that gives us a chance to greet them,” Kelly said. Authentic D'Joun Smith Jersey,“Some will come in Friday night, again giving us an opportunity to greet them.

    gives us a chance to have breakfast with them. There are many opportunities that we can pick and choose. womens Ryan Kelly Jersey,We’re not going to get distracted.”,“Sunday is a preparation day for us

    Much of the legwork, details and itinerary will be handled by director of recruiting Aaryn Kearney, director of player personnel Dave Peloquin and coordinator of on-campus recruiting Jasmine Johnson, with a huge support staff of students.

    ” Kelly said.,“But we have to be involved in some extent toowomens D'Joun Smith Jersey,

    Current players also will be assigned as hosts.womens Phillip Dorsett Jersey,

    “We would have players that aren’t going to be playing because we’ll be sequestered at the hotel," said Kelly of Friday night. "We have a number of [recruits] taking red eyes in, womens Le'Raven Clark Jersey,so they aren’t going to be here until Saturday. We’ll have players that played in the game hosting Saturday night. Friday night it’ll be players that probably aren’t playing in the game as hosts.”

    On Sunday, the coaching staff then takes the baton through the rest of the weekend, beginning with a brunch in the Downes Club on the seventh and eighth floors of Corbett Family Hall, attached to the east side of Notre Dame Stadium.

    Interaction with the position coaches and personal recruiters are followed by meeting with Kelly.womens T.J. Green Jersey,

    ” Kelly said.,womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey,“I’ll do personal interviews with all the recruits

    They’d undoubtedly be a lot more enjoyable following a victory.womens Jaelen Strong Jersey,