Nov 29, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT
Brian Kelly stayed on the West Coast after beating USC, visiting some top California prospects before stopping in St. Paul to visit James Onwualu and onto Michigan to see Steve Elmer, two early-enrollees in the class of 2013.
But before he left California, he certainly left his stamp on the area, and some top 2014 prospects as well. With the tight end position losing two members this offseason, Kelly made a point to go visit talented blue-chipper Tyler Luatua.
It’s tough to find a 2014 player with a more impressive offer list, with Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Miami, Michigan, Florida State, and a whole slew of others all putting in early offers to the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, one of California’s best players.
And while he wasn’t allowed to speak with him, the Irish head coach and his trusted West Coast recruiter Mike Denbrock stopped by La Mirada high school where they made quite the impression.
This from IrishSportsDaily.com’s Christian McCollum, who caught up with La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti.
“It was awesome,” Moschetti told ISD. “Our school near well shut down. Our principal is a huge Notre Dame fan and his father-in-law is a huge Notre Dame fan. Everybody was excited. The kids were excited, the administration was excited, the whole city. It was a humbling experience. It was awesome.”
“There were a lot of pictures being taken,” said Moschetti. “It was an exciting time there. Denbrock and Coach Kelly are class acts. Just talking to Coach Kelly and Coach Denbrock and them talking to our administration, the main focus was academics and how important it is.
“I was getting phone calls all day when people found out he was there. He was here probably 25, 30 minutes. After they left, there were all of these other people showing up trying to meet him.”
Last month, Kelly cracked, “If you can sell Avon, you can sell Notre Dame.” Well, as this visit is starting to show, if you can sell Notre Dame, you can certainly sell 12-0 Notre Dame.
After building a 2013 class that focused on character guys first and then extended to national targets, it’ll be interesting to see how Kelly and company build the 2014 recruiting class, a group that’ll certainly have the chance to be filled with elite talent, with the Irish now among the most attractive destinations in the country both on and off the field.