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Trenches a recruiting priority for Kelly

Notre Dame focusing on line of scrimmage and defense on recruiting trail

Originally Published: July 14, 2010
By Jamie Newberg | Special to ESPN.com

How does a football program with the tradition, prestige and notoriety Notre Dame enjoys struggle like the Fighting Irish have in recent years? A 1-9 record in bowl games since 1995 and a pedestrian-like 91-68 record since Lou Holtz left the program in 1996 are not good enough in South Bend. Not even close.

Notre Dame has won 11 national championships, produced seven Heisman Trophy winners and 463 NFL draft picks. The Irish began playing football in 1887 and have won 837 games. They ...

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