Niklas Signs, Tuitt Stays, Giving Notre Dame Huge Recruiting Day

This just in from California and the LA Times: The Irish beat out dreaded rival USC for Troy Niklas, the Los Angeles Times' lineman of the year, the premier lineman in Southern California. Niklas, from Anaheim Servite, wanted to go to Stanford, but his academics weren't good enough.  No word from Harvard. Freshman calculus class may be his first true test.

Some at ND feel that the 6-7 Niklas may actually play on defense with other freshman studs where he will join 6-6 DE Ishaq Williams of Lincoln H.S. in Brooklyn (already enrolled) and the most interesting signee, super-recruit DE Stephon Tuitt of Georgia, who committed to South Bend, then decommitted, committed to Georgia Tech, then decommitted and finally sent in his letter of intent today to the Irish.

Coach Brian Kelly got 23 new recruits, with a heavy emphasis on a predatory defense.

Chalk this one up in the W column, where the real battle occurs every year.