Whatever it takes to better explain what a verbal commitment to Notre Dame means, Charlie Weis will do. The Irish head coach hopes the change will introduce clarity in the sometimes murky world of recruiting where commitments come in all shapes and volumes.
For Weis, verbal commitments to Notre Dame must be one size fits all.
"I think what we're going to do is we're going to spend a lot more time making sure that if a guy wants to commit to us, verbally commit to us, everyone is under a clear understanding of what that means," Weis said. "No soft verbals, no silent verbals, no quiet verbals, OK?
"Either you're committed or you're not committed."
Notre Dame accepted a silent commitment from wide receiver Arrelious Benn last summer when the five-star prospect wanted to keep his intentions private. Benn wound up signing with Illinois, slinging some mud Notre Dame's way in the Washington Post.
When asked about not winning the big games, Weis responded:
Isn't it good that they can be mad at winning 19 games in two years? That's a good thing. That's not a bad thing, that's a good thing. At least now people believe that Notre Dame football is moving in that direction. -- Charlie Weis
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