Notre Dame lands a de-commitment

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As the national signing day approaches, Notre Dame landed a top 200 player in 6-4, 240-pound defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore of Weatherford, Texas, who originally had committed to Texas A&M.

Lewis-Moore is Irish coach Charlie Weis' first recruit since wide receiver Deion Walker on Jan. 5 and only the second since lineman Trevor Robinson, a de-commitment from Nebraska, announced for Notre Dame on Dec. 14.

Lewis-Moore will help to deter the loss of defensive lineman Omar Hunter, who de-committed last month and declared for Florida.

While Notre Dame's recruiting class, which includes 11 top 100 players, ranked No. 1 in the nation in my evaluations in Sunday's Sun-Times, it doesn't appear likley that the Irish will remain at the top after Wednesday's signings.

For example, Alabama, which was No. 2, enhanced its position by landing defensive back Alonzo Lawrence, the nation's No. 26 prospect, over the weekend. Coach Nick Saban now has 27 commitments, more than anyone else.

The SEC has an edge on signing day because its schools can oversign while the Big 10 can't. If Alabama signs Julio Jones, the nation's top-rated wide receiver, the Crimson Tide almost certainly will claim the No. 1 spot.

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Egh, Notre Dame filled needs and got the players they wanted. Who cares if someone else signs a bunch of players who wont qualify/transfer. #1 class in my mind.

How can the SEC "oversign" whereas other conferences cannot? Do the NCAA rules not apply to the SEC? I thought the NCAA limited every team to 25 signees per year (early enrolees notwithstanding). The answers to these rhetorical questions are, they cannot oversign, and the caps do apply to the SEC.

But the recruiting sites do not have the intellectual honesty to rate a school's recruiting class on the actual recruits admitted by the school. Nearly every SEC school will have 1 or more recruits not gain admittance to the school. Yet you recruiting sites will continue to have that recruit count toward's the schools recruiting class. Even those that are admitted this year, 2-3 of them will not be academically eligible next year.

So whatever class ranking the SEC schools earn this year, they will not be reflective of the players that actually suit up this year, next year, or the year after.

Can anyone tell me how the SEC can over sign recruits and the Big-10 can't. I thought these NCAA rules.

Are you an idiot or something? He wants to keep this quiet!!!

Answer to your question. The NCAA prohibits colleges from offering more than 25 scholarhips in a year. However they can offer partial scholarships. If you take a look at big time Division two schools that offer scholarships, if they have 20 full rides they split most of them up, some schools bring in as many as 40 recruits every year. This is not a good idea to bring in more than 30 kids a years unless you are Saint Johns MN, or some other team with a lot of tradition.

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