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Being 5 years old, Te’o said “5.”

For Golson, a redshirt freshman, the number is simply the one he wore all through high school.

So, coming to Notre Dame _ a school where Te’o was already a star _ did Golson ask for Te’o’s permission to wear the same jersey?

“No,” the normally forthcoming Te’o said Saturday, shaking his head.

Manti, you mean he just did it?

“Yes.”

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STAR TREATMENT: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and his All-American center, Barrett Jones, were sitting next to each other on separate podiums. But only McCarron’s spot came with speakers, which made it a little tough for Jones to stay focused.

“Sorry, it’s hard to concentrate when he’s talking about me over there,” Jones said. “The skill players get all the love. AJ got speakers, and I’ve got sit over here and listen to him.”

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GUNNER: Notre Dame freshman Gunner Kiel, from Columbus, Ind., was one of the most heralded quarterback recruits in the country last year. He had a hard time deciding where he wanted to go to school _ to say the least.

First he verbally committed to Indiana. Then he de-committed. Then he verbally committed to LSU. Then at the last moment, he decided to go to Notre Dame.

As far as recruiting news goes, Kiel’s indecision was big news and his choosing Notre Dame was considered a huge score for coach Brian Kelly.

“I think I put more pressure on myself because I overanalyzed a lot of things,” Kiel said. “If I could do it all over again I would probably go back and enjoy the recruiting process and enjoy my senior year and enjoy the people around me and just have a fun with it instead of making it seem like a job. And putting so much stress, so much on myself it buried me.

“I wanted to please everyone. I wanted to make everyone happy. I also couldn’t make up my mind either. That’s why I committed so many places and de-committed to so many places.”

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