After the Irish lost out on Kansas blue-chip quarterback Bubba Starling and a few other early targets, it looked like Notre Dame would take a year off from recruiting quarterbacks. But with the recent de-commitment of a trio of Florida players, the Irish have taken aim at a few new prospects, including two quarterback prospects, 6-foot-5 dual-threat quarterback Jacoby Brissett and North Carolina commit Everett Golson, an undersized, but incredibly intriguing prospect who seems at home in the spread.
Speaking to SoFlaFootball.com, Brissett discussed his visit to Notre Dame and his conversation with head coach Brian Kelly:
“It’s one of the most historic schools in college football,” Brissett said. “It was one of the nicest campuses I’ve been to.”
Irish coach Brian Kelly told the 6-foot-5, 225-pound signal caller what he expects from Brissett if he were to play his college ball in South Bend.
“He just told me straight up he wanted me to come in and compete for the starting spot, and be able to run the offense he wants to be able to run because with this quarterback now they can’t really run the ball with the quarterback and stuff,” Brissett said. “He wants me to be able to come in and add that dimension to the team.”
Those words resonated with Brissett, especially at a program that was at the top of the college football landscape.
“That was a big thing for me to hear, going in and starting a quarterback and taking Notre Dame back to the level they were at before is pretty big,” said Brissett.
Brissett has already visited Wisconsin and LSU, and is looking at South Carolina and Florida State as well. His reported 4.5 speed would add a dimension to the Irish offense that’s obviously lacking with quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees.
Golson, who is committed to North Carolina but weighing his options thanks to the the impending NCAA investigation of Butch Davis’ program, would be an incredible pick up. One of the most decorated quarterbacks in South Carolina history, he’s undersized, but has an elite offer list, and seems to have had a good time on his visit as well. IrishSportsDaily.com is reporting on its Twitter feed that it’s down to UNC and the Irish, so a late QB pickup in this recruiting class — especially one of Brissett or Golston’s caliber — would be a great get for Notre Dame.