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The 2010 recruits: Bullet-point edition

Feb 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

If you’re looking for a comprehensive breakdown on the 23 recruits that officially joined the Notre Dame football program, you can head here for’s official release. I thought I’d take a second to break down every recruit and try to give you a bullet-point briefing.

Here are the 2010 recruits… in one line or less.


Andrew Hendrix: Highly-rated, strong arm. Gave Florida a late Heisman and stayed w/ND.
Luke Massa: Former Bearcat recruit. Good build, good athlete. State champ and leader.
Tommy Rees: Early enrollee. Good athlete, strong, quick arm. Will take lots of Spring snaps.


Cameron Roberson: Big, strong back who can run, block, and catch. SoCal native.


Austin Collinsworth: Son of Cris. Can run, catch, return, and cover. Army All-American.
Bennett Jackson: Lean, quick receiver that excels with the ball in his hands.
Tai-ler Jones: UA All-American. Lanky, fast receiver that could be next great one.
Daniel Smith: South Bend’s finest. Big and physical, could turn into a match-up problem.
Alex Welch: Another Elder tight end. Needs to add some bulk still.


Tate Nichols: Monster of a guy that played wide-out and tight-end. Snatched from Stanford.
Christian Lombard: Road-grader type that could play tackle or guard. Army All-American.
Matt Jones: Monster left-tackle. Elite prospect that chose the Irish over the Buckeyes.


Chris Badger: Early enrollee. Physical safety, hits like a truck. Football player, not just athlete.
Spencer Boyd: Early entrant, too. Florida DB with cover skills and tackling ability.
Lo Wood: Corner with ball-skills. Needs to bulk up, but early entrance should help.


Kendall Moore: Potential edge player, who fits new system and needs well.
Prince Shembo: Another potential edge player with skills to rush passer.


Louis Nix: Run-stuffer that’s going to anchor a 3-4 front sooner than later. Big time recruit.
Bruce Heggie: Sleep prospect w/great frame and size. Unknown prospect until Irish offered.
Kona Schwenke: Hawaiian with great length and room to grow. Best player in Hawaii.
Justin Utupo: Lineman of the year in Los Angeles. Could become outside backer at ND.


Derek Roback: Elite athlete that played QB. Jack of all trades should become H-Back.
Danny Spond: A top Colorado recruit. Another QB that could play just about anywhere.  


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