Feb 4, 2013, 4:21 PM EST
With less than 48 hours until Signing Day, there’s little more any coaching staff can do. With a recruiting dead period upon us, coaches will return to campus around the country and wait for the fax machine. Sure, there’ll be last minute phone calls and texts, but the majority of work has been completed. It’s now down to a waiting game.
For the Notre Dame coaching staff, Wednesday will be the celebration of a recruiting class that’s the best of the modern recruiting era. With a group high on star power as well as positional needs, Brian Kelly and his coaching staff continue to show the ability to find players that fit the mold they have created. They also show in this recruiting class the ability to be flexible, bringing elite athletes onto campus with multi-positional versatility. That’s easy when you find and identify a blue-chip, five-star talent like Jaylon Smith. But it’s also on display with below-the-radar defensive back Rashad Kinlaw, a high school quarterback that’s battled injuries the last two seasons.
Over the next three days, the focus will be almost entirely on the 2013 recruiting class. We’ll be live-blogging from campus starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, keeping you up-to-date in real time on the recruiting class as the faxes come in. We’ll also be joining the official UND.com broadcast to discuss the impact of this recruiting class. So if you’re looking forward to seeing a sleep-deprived writer three time zones away from his home base, you are in luck.
Last year, Notre Dame was on the wrong side of a few Signing Day surprises, drawing the short end of the stick on two blue-chip prospects that had Irish fans flinching for fear that the sky was falling. But even without Deontay Greenberry and Brian Poole, things seemed to work out okay for the team in 2012. (Some context, Poole — a five-star cornerback, made three tackles for Florida this season. Greenberry caught three touchdowns for Houston.) Wednesday, they’ll be in the running to spring their own surprises, with a small handful of recruits still considering the Irish, including big fish like Eddie Vanderdoes, Ty Isaac, and Kylie Fitts.
Wednesday will feel like Christmas morning for a lot of die hard college football fans out there. But here’s a friendly reminder that’ll likely go ignored in the heat of the moment: Just because you’ve known about some of the presents beneath the tree for ten months, it doesn’t make them any less valuable than the surprises that may roll in that morning.
So buckle up for a fun few days. If only because it’s the triumphant return of the fax machine, forcing its way out of irrelevancy for a few short hours each February.
Jan 31, 2015, 10:03 PM EST
Former Notre Dame football standouts Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown were both elected in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Bettis played for the Irish from 1990-92 while Brown played in South Bend from 1984-87, winning the Heisman Trophy after his senior season.
Jan 30, 2015, 12:21 PM EST
Notre Dame welcomes safety prospect Arrington Farrar to campus this weekend. The Irish coaching staff finishes up a chaotic cross-country week visiting prospects both committed and interested (and some somewhere in between).
Jan 29, 2015, 1:37 PM EST
The ACC announced their 2015 conference football schedule. And the six dates with Notre Dame seem to take center stage.
Jan 28, 2015, 2:55 PM EST
Kendall Moore’s football career did not end as planned. The fifth-year senior never saw the playing field after being pulled from the team in August as part of an academic dishonesty probe that kept DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams out for the 2014 season — and school year — as well. (Eilar Hardy returned to the team in late October.)
Jan 28, 2015, 2:24 PM EST
Brian Kelly took a trip to Atlanta and made his in-home visit to see safety Arrington Farrar. Things went so well that Farrar decided to take his final official visit before Signing Day to South Bend.
Jan 27, 2015, 4:55 PM EST
Notre Dame strength coach Paul Longo has a new lieutenant. And he’s crossed enemy lines to join the Irish staff.
Jan 26, 2015, 11:26 AM EST
Notre Dame has a final need in their recruiting class. And over the weekend, they sold Louisiana safety Justin Reid that he could fill it.
Jan 25, 2015, 2:28 PM EST
A special Sunday delivery of the Mailbag. Let’s get to some questions.
Jan 25, 2015, 11:16 AM EST
Safety Eilar Hardy will finish his college football career elsewhere. After four seasons in South Bend, Hardy will earn his Notre Dame degree and be free to play out his eligibility in another program.
Jan 23, 2015, 1:04 PM EST
With less than two weeks to go before Signing Day, recruiting is the focus for the Irish coaching staff. But as we crack open the mailbag, we cover a bit more ground than the usual will-he or won’t-he that comes along with the first Wednesday in February.
Jan 22, 2015, 11:32 AM EST
One of Notre Dame’s long-time verbal commitments is no longer planning on joining the Irish’s 2015 recruiting class. Texas safety Prentice McKinney took an official visit to North Carolina last weekend and flipped his commitment to Larry Fedora’s Tar Heels on Wednesday, dropping Notre Dame’s recruiting class down to 22 players and just two safeties.
Jan 21, 2015, 9:51 PM EST
Can we follow up last week’s excellence with another solid week of questions? Drop them below or @KeithArnold.
Jan 21, 2015, 1:43 PM EST
While the Irish coaching staff traverses the country taking in-home visits, Notre Dame’s staff is close to putting the finishing touches on a stellar recruiting class. The additional of Aliz’e Jones pushes the Irish into a consensus Top 10 class — quite an accomplishment considering this was supposed to be a smaller group.
Jan 20, 2015, 12:29 AM EST
Star-crossed Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels’ career with the Irish is over. After two seasons and two significant suspensions, Daniels decided to forgo any additional eligibility he has at the college level and turn professional.
Jan 19, 2015, 3:00 PM EST
Say this for Brian Kelly. He learns from his mistakes.
And after losing Stephon Tuitt and Troy Niklas after just three seasons in South Bend, Notre Dame’s head coach made sure he had a final say before Ronnie Stanley and Sheldon Day made their stay-or-go decision.
Jan 19, 2015, 1:44 PM EST
KeiVarae Russell gives a promising update on his future in South Bend via (where else?) social media.
Jan 16, 2015, 1:04 PM EST
Lots to discuss in our Friday mailbag. Position changes, 85 scholarships, Reggie Ho and more.
(Collective thumbs up to all of you.)
Jan 15, 2015, 2:51 PM EST
After being committed to UCLA for months, Las Vegas tight end Alize Jones has flipped his pledge to Notre Dame. The bluechip recruit is widely acknowledged to be the best tight end in the country and plays high school football with current Irish commit Nicco Fertitta at Bishop Gorman.
Jan 15, 2015, 2:19 PM EST
The first College Football Playoff is over. And with less than three weeks to go before National Signing Day, the dead period has ended and the home stretch in recruiting has begun.
Jan 14, 2015, 10:45 AM EST
There’s plenty to talk about. Have a question? Drop it below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.