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Big weekend for more than obvious reason

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It's feeling more and more like a big-game week at Notre Dame, and not just because USC is coming to town for the first night game in Notre Dame Stadium in 21 years.

As many as 60 recruits will also be making official or unofficial visits this weekend, including four prospects that had been committed to other schools and two others that had been committed to the Trojans.

"It's disorganized, organized chaos," said recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin. "It will be like being a Wall Street trader here come Sunday. That's a big day. We've got Navy next week. Sunday is a big preparation day but we're still going to have a boatload of recruits. There won't be enough time in the day but it is what it is. It's awesome these kids want to come and check us out. We're going to play USC. We're excited about that. There are only 24 hours in a day. We can't control that so we'll do the best we can."

Coaches will keep current players and recruits separated until after Saturday's game so as not to interrupt preparations for a contest that will likely see the winner included in the Top 25 rankings.

"Obviously, if we had the total say on it, we may have spaced it out a little bit better," coach Brian Kelly said. "But it's a great atmosphere. It's USC. It's on prime time television on NBC. So we're going to do our best to accommodate a number of recruits that we have up here this weekend."

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