IrishMob13. Say that to any Notre Dame football fan and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.
For those who don’t bleed blue and gold, the self-dubbed “IrishMob13” is the name given to Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2013 — most likely the tightest-knit recruiting class anywhere in the country, which is especially impressive when you consider the national recruiting footprint of the Fighting Irish — these kids aren’t even close to each other geographically.
Technology has made communication easy these days, and the Notre Dame recruits sure are taking advantage of it. Twitter is the most prominent social medium utilized, which the players have used to keep updated on each others’ lives, talk about their Irish future, and even plan their official visits together. Most of them mention talking to their fellow commitments quite frequently, and many have looked to establish great friendships before ever setting foot on campus.
— Jaylon Smith (@JaeeSmiff9ENT) December 9, 2012
However, if that’s not that uncommon, this is:
Alex Anzalone, a linebacker commitment from Wyomissing, PA, was playing in the state championship game last night in Hershey, looking to finish off his high school career in style. And that’s a moment that fellow commit Devin Butler didn’t want to miss.
Butler drove up almost three hours from Washington, DC just to get a chance to cheer on and congratulate his future teammate. That message was not lost on Anzalone:
— Alex Anzalone (@AlexAnzalone_24) December 16, 2012
If that’s not enough to do it for you, maybe this quote by incoming wide receiver James Onwualu will. He recently told the South Bend Tribune:
“I think that makes a program: the true feeling of playing for your brothers and playing for your coaches or your family. That’s what I saw when I was ready to commit. That it was really just a big family playing for each other, who loved each other, and they were playing their hardest for each other.”
It appears he isn’t the only one who feels the same way.
Notre Dame still has one big goal to accomplish in the 2012-13 season, but there’s one thing that’s for sure: the Irish of the future are ready for special things, too.