That seems like more than enough to me for the freshmen class of 1970. I remember seeing Gary walking around campus with a high school letter jacket. It seemed like an oddball thing to do but I wasn't going to tell him.
Gary Potempa was an All State fullback in HS
He started at OG on the ND Frosh team. But Frosh coach Denny Murphy used to let Potempa play some LBer too.
When Frosh QB Cliff Brown led the Irish Frosh to a come from behind victory over the Tennessee frosh (ND was down 20-0 & scored 21 4th Q pts to take the lead), the Vols had one last chance after ND scored the go ahead td.
Gary Potempa, inserted at LB, intercepted a desperation Tenn pass to seal the victory = ND Frosh 21 Tenn Frosh 20
Ara made Potempa a full time LB in the Spring-w Gary leading the 1st team in tackles (11) in the Blue Gold game.
Potempa claimed that he had no idea that his HS teammate (Tim Rudnick) was coming to Notre Dame too- until Gary saw Tim on campus at the start of the school year....at least that's the story he told years later.
Bill died after three Stanley Cups, then a law practice...
that the once great Notre Dame thrived off the CCL and that the decline of the two are somehow related.
and more the relative decline of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey as pipelines of a lot of talent compared to the Sun Belt. I think that's a fair argument to make but it's just one small piece of the puzzle. Ohio still produces a lot of talent, and Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while not as good as they once were, are still in the top ten or top fifteen of high school football states.
Even when the CCL was at its height, ND never cleaned up there - the Big Ten was also at its peak - and never relied heavily on it.
Area. Should you count Randy Harrison for 1974 freshman class.
One I could never figure out was Donovan McNabb.
...and was lucky enough to have him as head coach for three of my four years at Notre Dame.
The Chicago Catholic League was Big Ten turf in those days. Several top coaches, mine included, were Big Ten products; and CCL players generally hoped they would be good enough to be recruited to Big Ten schools.
It didn't help that ND didn't admit women until 1972; and even then, it took a while for women to become a significant percentage of the student body. Unlike most of my ND classmates' Catholic high schools, all of the CCL schools were boys only until well after my graduation. Football players as well as most non-athletes wanted to attend schools that had these mysterious female creatures just to see what it was like.