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Top TE prospect Koyack chooses Notre Dame

Apr 27, 2010, 1:53 PM EST

As the days pass, it’s becoming more and more evident that the worries Irish fans had about Brian Kelly being able to recruit blue-chip prospects is obsolete.

National recruit Ben Koyack, out of Oil City, Pennsylvania, has given his verbal commitment to the Fighting Irish, just three days after visiting campus for the Blue-Gold Game.

Koyack had offers from coast to coast, with Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, LSU, and USC among a slew of others. He had narrowed his choices down to Notre Dame, Penn State, and Ohio State before choosing the Irish.

I’ll wait for the recruiting websites to tell us just how good of a prospect Koyack is, but any time you get a 6-foot-5 tight end with an offer list like he has, you’ve got to be pretty excited. Score a big win for tight ends coach Mike Denbrock, as well as the rest of Kelly’s staff. 

Koyack is the eight verbal commitment for the Irish in the 2011 class, and the fourth to commit since the Blue-Gold game.

  1. Shazamrock - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    I liked the way Kelly used his tight ends in the spring game, and I guess this kid did too. ND has always been known for good TE’s. It’s good to see that tradition continue.
    Any time you can secure a top player away from Ohio St, USC, and Penn St. you got to feel good.

  2. TLNDMA - Apr 27, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Koyack committed to ND after a TE from Fla. committed to OSU. Not knowing how many TE’s, OSU and ND are recruiting that may or may not have had anything to do with his decision or the timing of it.
    My point is with only 20 or so openings for ND this year and this excellent start, some players might starting feeling some pressures to come to a decision. There are only 12 or so spots left. These kids can see and read about other players ND is recruiting. They can see on many websites how many players ND has offered at their positions. I’m sure the coaches have told them how many players they’ll take at their position. If a player is down to his last couple schools it may behoove him to make his decision a little quicker.
    It seems Kelly has put ND in a position of strength this year in recruiting.

  3. E-Man - Apr 28, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Talk about killing two birds with one stone:
    – Can’t recruit highly touted recruits –DEAD
    – TEs will be an afterthought in his offense –DEAD
    If Kelly can have key recruiting wins now on just potential, if he racks up 10 wins and a bowl game, ND will have a top 10 class next year.

  4. ugetwutuask4 - Apr 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    I couldn’t agree with you anymore E-Man, a lot of the top recruits are waiting to seeing what the results will be on gameday. I predict top 15 finish and top 5 recruiting class if we make it to a BCS bowl. Also with the way kids change their minds nowadays nothing is written in stone with them. It wouldn’t surprise me if some of these kids thats committed to other schools switch their verbals to ND once they see us smash USC on their home field and come to realize that B.K. was actually being seriouse when he talks about winning right away.

  5. sharkey - Apr 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Being one of those who was concerned about BK’s ability to compete against the major schools in recruiting, what a relief to know we do have a HC that can bring in the talent. I’m expecting a lot from BK, and am as excited as I have ever been for the future of ND football. Is it September yet?

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