So you know I'd rather eat dirt than spend a minute fretting over recruiting but there were a couple of notable developments on Wednesday.
Manti Te'o to Notre Dame? Incredible. A Mormon -- maybe the first Mormon -- at Our Lady's program. Not only that, if you read my Monday story, there isn't exactly a big LDS presence in St. Joseph County. This "get" is as much about perception as recruiting. Charlie Weis just might be making the slow climb back to respectability.
Te'o certainly wasn't chasing bowl games but he is comfortable. It still floors me that he didn't stay on the West Coast. The kid is going to be given every chance to play right away as a freshman. With middle linebacker Brian Smith, Te'o (who prefers to play inside) ND could have a deadly combination.
USC also lost linebacker Vontaze Burfict to Arizona State. That's two huge linebacking prospects who could have played right way, getting away. USC will still finish in the top five nationally but this might be another indicator that the Trojans' death grip on the Pac-10 is weakening.