Irish add depth at QB

    Brian Kelly got another solid commitment today, solidifying the depth at quarterback. Andrew Hendrix recommitted to Notre Dame today, choosing the Irish over the Gators. Hendrix originally committed to Weis and his staff all the way back in june. Here's an article from back in june from Truegipper. Hendrix is now the second QB in the class high school class of 2010. Tommy Rees from Lake Forest, Illinois is the other QB who enrolled early so he can practice with the team in the spring. To add to the depth at quarterback Nate Montana transferred back from Pasedena College. Some even thought that WR John Goodman would be moved back to QB (use to play QB in high school). Now with the Irish gaining Montana and Hendrix this week, Goodman will stay at wideout.

I would like to see Kelly bring in a more mobile QB in the years to come. I liked the play of Cincy QB Zach Collaros last year, he rushed for 325 yard in 5 games when starting QB Tony Pike was hurt. It wasn't like ColIaros had blazing speed, he just had good speed for a QB. am not questioning at all what Brian Kelly is doing, I am just saying that I think a mobile QB would only be for the best. Plus it would be pretty awesome to watch.

Irish Recruiting outlook with Carrol gone

With Pete Carrol leaving USC; Brian Kelly should have for now SC commit Kyle Prater on speed dial. Kyle Prater was suppose to go to class at USC today but with Petey gone Kyle is at home in Hillside Illinois weighing his options with his family. Kyle has been to Notre Dame a number of times and made his official visit to Notre Dame for the UCONN game. Just because the Irish lost on senior day to a marginal opponenet doesnt mean Prater won't come to South Bend. First off different coach, second off Manti Te'o was at the Syracuse game last year and he couldnt stay outside in the cold for the whole game. Also if the Irish can get Kyle's good friend/teammate Corey Cooper then maybe that could push Kyle over the ledge to South Bend.

Seantrel Henderson spoke before the Army All-American game on Saturday and said Carrol leaving will definitely effect his decision. Henderson is down to six schools Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC. Miami appears to be the long shot while at the moment with Carrol gone the front runners appear to be Florida, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

"The coaching and football are second to the education and situation Seantrel would be in. We know he's going to play, and get opportunities, and get as close as he can to a title..." - Seantrel Henderson's father

Again we see this. This is with most recruits where their parents love the education that Notre Dame brings. This was the same story with Manti Te'o last year. Coach Brian Kelly (I love saying that) could make a huge recruiting statement for years to come if he could pick up Prater or Henderson.

Christian Lombard Interview

After I did the Chris Martin Q and A , I really wanted to do another so I asked Christian if he would be interested. Certainly enough, he said yes. Here's six questions with the prized Irish recruit.

I know Chris Martin has been recruiting other recruits to come to Notre Dame like Kendall Moore. Is there any recruits you are trying make go to ND?

I’ve been talking mostly to Chance Carter on and off. Just trying to build a relationship.

How close are you to the Coaches at ND? Which ones? and Hows your relationship with Coach Weis?

I have a really good relationship with Coach Ianello. He’s been there since step one with me. Also I’m talking to Coach Verducci and building a relationship. Coach Weis played a big role in me committing. He was very understanding and helped me through the process.

What was the main reason why you committed to ND?

 They made me feel comfortable and apart of their family even before I committed. Also the education was a very strong selling point for me.

Which NFL player do you model yourself after? Why?

I would have to say Joe Thomas. I am pretty athletic like him and a very hard worker.

How do you think you will make an impact your freshamn year?

I know it’s going to be a tough transition from high school to college but I think if I work hard enough, I could earn a spot. Like Chris (Martin) said, I don’t expect anything to be given to me.

Are you going to enroll early in the spring?

No. I’m going to enjoy my last year of high school.

 

Thank you for your time Christian. It is much appreciated.

My next Q and A will be with Irish commit Kendall Moore. Some other Q and A's in the future will be Justin McCay and Bennet Jackson.

ESPN Gives Irish and Chris Martin No Love

    Today ESPN came out with their first ESPN rankings for the 2010 class. In the first ESPN 2010 college recruiting rankings in their top 150 they put Irish commit Chris Martin at 146. Chris Martin was already named to the 2010 high school army all american game and other recruiting sites rivals.com and scout.com both gave Chris Martin a 5 star rating. Rivals.com has Chris at number 13 and the best weakside defensive end. Scout.com gives Chris a little more love and has Chris at number 6 and the best overall defensive end in the nation. Chris said a few words about it earlier and showed he was very angry at it and he is just going to ignore it. He was mostly mad because he thinks espn is saying he is an ok player, and pretty much everyone knows he is one of the best high school players in the nation.

    I was talking to Utah commit Kenneth Scott about the new ESPN rankings earlier. He also was very angry about his ranking. ESPN put Kenneth has the #91 wide receiver in the nation. I mentioned to Kenneth about how Chris is number 146. Kenneth said " Woow chris at 146???  He's one of the best DE/LB ive seen. . . .  Sheeesh they are trippin' bigtime". I have just always valued Rivals and Scout.com's opinions more.

By the way Chris was also the only Irish commit in the ESPN 150.
 

Lo Wood joins Irish family

Lo Wood on friday became the 3rd recruit to commit to the Irish in two day and became the eighth recruit of the 2010 class. Wood is a cornerback out of Apopka High School in Apopka Florida. The 5-foot-8 160 lbs corner had other scholarships on the table from Stanford, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ole Miss, Virginia, Duke, Louisville, and N.C. State. Wood is 3 star recruit and 32nd best corner according to rivals.com. So Wood is not so great but not to bad and can always get better throughout his senior season at Apopka. I have also seen much worse recruits turn into star. Just like David Bruton of the 2005 recruiting class was a 3 star and the 36th best safety according to rivals.com. Other 3 stars have been Jeff Samardzija, Darius Walker, John Carleson. Those are just some my eyes came across as I was looking at past recruiting classes.

......Another Commit for 2010

The Irish also picked up a commitment yesterday from the 6'5, 250lbs Blake Lueders from Zionsville Indiana. Blake called the coaching staff on thursday and let them know he was committing to the Irish. The defensive end had 128 tackles has a junior for his local high school. He also has maintained a 4.0 GPA which is always good. Lueders turned down 11 other scholarship offers from top schools including Purdue, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, and North Carolina. Lueders is a 4 star recruit which is solid, he is the 14th best DE, and the 198th best recruit for this 2010 class according to rivals.com.

I believe this is a very solid pickup for the Irish. They have been looking to upgrade on the defensive side and this only adds to it. The Irish did not pickup any defensive end commitments for the class of '09. So picking up both Chris Martin and Blake Lueders for this 2010 class does a lot for the Irish.

Irish get their QB

Irish picked up a verbal commitment from the Moeller High School quarterback out of Cincinnati Ohio. Andrew Hendrix told weis and his staff today that he will be attending the University of Notre Dame come the fall of 2010. Hendrix was the 11 best pro style and the 200th overall player for the 2010 class according to rivals. I am sure this is just going to be a backup plan if the Irish don't get a star QB in the 2011 recruiting class. But this is a very good pickup.

Another Commitment: Alex Welch

The Irish got another verbal commitment on memorial day from tight end Alex Welch from Elder High School located in Cincinnati. He is a four star recruit and the #10 overrall tight end according to rivals.com. Then according to scout.com he is a three star recruit and the #7 best TE. A thing i like to look at to see how good a recruit is, by looking at the other scholarship offers he had. Welch had big offers from Boston College, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, North Carolina, and many other above average schools. I look at his offers more than anything because the colleges know alot more than anybody else. He will have to wait in line before he gets his time on the field. When he rolls on to campus in the fall of 2010 he will behind junior and starting TE Kyle Rudolph, senior Mike Ragone,  junior Joseph Fauria, sophmores Jake Golic and Tyler Eifert.