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Irish land DT Sheldon Day at DT

Aug 4, 2011, 1:33 AM EDT


For those worried that Brian Kelly was done recruiting defensive tackles after Notre Dame landed the gargantuan Louis Nix two cycles ago, your fears can be quelled. The Irish just landed one of the top interior defensive linemen in the country, keeping Indianapolis native Sheldon Day in state; a huge recruiting get for the Irish.

Day made waves on the national circuit this summer, lifting his recruiting profile from impressive to national with offers in from schools like Michigan, Arkansas, Florida, LSU and Tennessee. Day was widely considered to be one of the more impressive defensive linemen at The Opening, where he showed a rare combination of power and speed that has the Irish thinking he can fit both on the interior of the defensive line as well as as defensive end.

Long thought to be a slow-moving recruit who planned on taking all five visits, Day pulled the trigger sooner than many expected, as the Irish made the choice easy for him.

“It was academics, great football and Coach Elston and Coach Kelly and the whole entire staff,” Day told Steve Wiltfong of

Day is the 13th commitment to the Irish’s 2012 recruiting class. He joins Romeo Okwara as front-seven recruits, and adds the type of star power that the Irish need to land with their remaining open spots in the class.

Joining fellow Indiana products David Perkins and John Turner, Day helps the Irish protect their home state, with the Irish grabbing three of the top ten prospects in state.

As it usually does, the hyperbole is flying right now, with terms like “great motor” and “explosive” being mixed in with comparisons with players like Warren Sapp. Obviously the position flexibility and interior pass rush ability makes that comparison somewhat applicable, but Day has a few years before we need to decide whether or not he’ll be enshrined in Canton.

Still, after focusing on the edges of the defensive line and bulking up on front seven players last year, the Irish needed to land a big fish at defensive tackle in the 2011 recruiting cycle. In Day, they found one of the most highly-touted in the country.


  1. nudeman - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    If everything was the same and the coach was still the schematic advantage guy, we’d be reading about Sheldon Day signing with Purdue and ND signing a 175 lb wideout from SoCal.

  2. borromini - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    I get it and I agree, but do we have to keep brining up Weis to compare? Can we as fans move on finally?

    • bryanwtx - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      I agree with you. I really don’t understand the demonizing of Weis. Obviously he wasn’t ready to be the head coach at Notre Dame, but let’s not pretend that he destroyed the program. We did go to 2 BCS bowls while he was here and he recruited guys like Te’o, Floyd, Crist, Tate, Clausen, Smith, Blanton, Gray, Calabrese, Wood, and both starting lines this year. Clearly, Kelly is a more experienced college coach and we will almost certainly see that he is a much better manager of the program. Still, is it necessary to tear down the guy that left the cupboard stocked in a way that his two predecessors did not? Weis wasn’t the guy to get us over the top, that’s why he was let go, but he took a program that was on the brink of disaster and set us up for a run with Kelly.

      • nudeman - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM

        I’ll admit, Weis was not a total failure. But close.

        Weis Positives:
        1. Recruiting offensive skill position players
        2. Period

        1. Paid zero attention to recruiting OL & DL, or quality “D” players at all, except for T’eo
        2. Bragged about outscheming everyone, but outschemed no one.
        3. Players poorly conditioned and routinely outplayed in Q4 by sub par teams like Navy, Syracuse, Connecticut. At home.
        4. 5 Years and not a single signature win. Not one.
        5. Annually creamed by Mich and USC
        6. After winning the first 8 games (or whatever it was) his 1st year, had a ridiculously bad record.

        With that, I’ll say no more about Weis and will move on. Go Irish.

  3. alsatiannd - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Forget Weis. Check out Day’s youtube clip. He really is explosive. Good to see him running down quarterbacks in the backfield.

  4. boldinshowers - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    ND will still drop 3-4 games a year….your suck will continue to ooze.

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