Charlie Weis spent the month of May traveling across the country in almost ceaseless pursuit of the nation's top football prospects. When asked whether he enjoyed racking up the frequent-flyer miles, Weis explained:
“I’ll enjoy it when I know what the results are."With a little over two months left until National Signing Day, the results have begun to emerge. Weis has secured the verbal commitments of twenty-two high school stars from fifteen different states.
Recently, Gatorade announced the winners of its 2005 High School Player of the Year awards. A winner from each state is chosen. In seven of the fifteen states that boast a Notre Dame recruit, the winner is headed to Notre Dame. These states are:
Georgia - Morrice RichardsonThree other winners are being heavily recruited by Notre Dame:
Illinois - Demetrius Jones
Indiana - Luke Schmidt
Massachusetts - Barry Gallup
Missouri - Munir Prince
Nevada - Jashaad Gaines
New York - Eric Olsen
Florida - Sam YoungCurrent members of the Irish who won the award include Scott Raridon (Iowa), John Sullivan (Connecticut), Tom Zbikowski (Illinois), Victor Abiamiri (Maryland), Trevor Laws (Minnesota), Darius Walker (Georgia), Justin Hoskins (Michigan), D.J. Hord (Missouri), and Asaph Schwapp (Connecticut).
Minnesota - Matt Carufel
Oklahoma - Gerald McCoy