With the Notre Dame defense making the move from a 4-3 defense to 3-4 personnel this coming season, the Irish coaches are aggressively recruiting linebackers. Arthur Brown is the fifth player at the position to be offered, joining Chicago’s Steve Filer, David Posluszny of Aliquippa, Pa., Shayne Hale of Monroeville, Pa. and Anthony McDonald of Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Arthur Brown: Is probably the best LB in the class of 2008. He attends East H.S. in Wichita Kansas. I don't feel like he is a big lean towards ND at this point, but I am sure Corwin and Charlie are hitting him with everything they have right now. He plays at full speed on every down. He will Lay the ball carrier out and Watching film of him reminds me of Chris Donald in this years class. They both play fast, strong and close on the ball very very quickly. As a running back, his balance is impeccable and burst into the hole is very impressive. The kid can do it all. Landing him to come to ND and play in the new Defense is a high priority. Whether he commits is another story. Some of Brown’s other scholarship offers are from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Kansas and Kansas State. His brother Bryce is also a highly recruited sophmore. Maybe if Charlie gets early interest in Bryce, we can get Arthur? A little Nepotism never hurt anyone. Did it? Brown Profile
Anthony McDonald: The son of former USC and NFL linebacker, Mike McDonald, Is another high priority recruit for the 2008 season. At 6'3" and 220 pounds, with good speed and strength, he is a perfect fit into the outside backer position of Corwins new 34 personnel Defense. Add a couple or 25 pounds, now we got ourselves a true MLB. Wathcing film of Anthony's play shows he has great lateral quickness and can scrape and shuffle into holes like a seasoned veteran. Blocking him is a problem teams face as he finds the ball quickly and gets to the hole "Right Now". Against larger opponents, he uses his hands very well to clear the blocks and sight the ball. He is not afraid to commit to a lane because he has the skills to make corrections and he will Lay the Hat on an opponent with vengeance. His closing speed to the ball is phenomenal for a high school athlete. He is a big ND lean and I feel he will commit at or around the spring game in April.
Charlie is learning the college game and has recruited at his own leisure. He will always recruit offensively first, but this seasons recruits will lean towards the defensive side of the ball. It all began today with the committment of Sean Cwynar from the Chicago area. Defense is a priority and it all starts with the front seven. Especially in the 3-4 defense. The Rules State sacks and pressure are a must.