FSU, Notre Dame old recruiting rivals

September, 12, 2012
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It would be difficult to say that arguably the most prestigious program in college football history could possibly expand its recruiting footprint.

Notre Dame, a nationally recognized program, regularly brings in student-athletes from Florida, Texas and California. With its new membership in the ACC and football scheduling, that national reach won't shrink.

But it all comes down to this -- schools such as Florida State or Miami will still go head-to-head with Notre Dame for prospects.

This year, the competition is for cornerback Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), a five-star cornerback who is considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others.

Last year it was Ronald Darby, a defensive back who is now getting immediate playing time with the Noles as a true freshman. He was rated the third-best cornerback in the country by ESPN and decommitted from Notre Dame before eventually signing with Florida State.

Before that, it was Aaron Lynch and Jordan Prestwood -- both of whom are no longer at Notre Dame, where they signed. Both were committed to Florida State at one point.

The Irish appeal to recruits is clear. Whether it is the history and tradition, the academics or other factors, recruits enjoy their time in South Bend when they visit.

What the Seminoles have going for them, like the Hurricanes before them, is location. Winning helps, too, of course.

So while Notre Dame's product will be featured more prominently in the state of Florida by rotating teams on the schedule every three years or so, the net effect doesn't drastically change much on the recruiting front.

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