Undefeated Irish Reap Wins in Recruiting

Brian Kelly entered his third season as Irish head coach with the team unranked and a quarterback controversy.  The undefeated season behind him and the BCS title in front of him, preseason issues are long gone.  The program is now on its way back to becoming a perennial contender.  On January 7th, the Irish will try and take down the current superpower in college football, Alabama, which would put the Irish in the hot seat of teams that everyone gets super-motivated to beat to attain notoriety, a status-acquiring process known as manzielism.

Notre Dame just signed the Number 2 running back in the the country Greg Bryant and now – according to Rivals.com – have the Number 2 recruiting class in the country, behind either Florida or USC depending on your reference point. Bryant is from the Sunshine State and had 1,500 yards and 17 TD’s in his senior season for powerhouse American Heritage in Delray Beach. Bryant adds depth to Kelly’s backfield that is set to lose both Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood after their upcoming last game.  Bryant is Kelly’s second 5-star recruit.  Ft. Wayne’s LB Jaylon Smith also signed with ND;  Smith is the third-ranked high school player overall and the best LB, according to Rivals.

The Irish have 15 4- or 5-star recruits, which provides Kelly with a wealth of talent.  There are 2 months remaining before signing day, so Kelly still has an opportunity to stack his program with additional riches.  Notre Dame has always been a destination of choice for prospects, but winning the title game would make the program heaven-sent.  What God-fearing parents wouldn’t want their son to play for the National Champion Irish, noting as well that Golson is a redshirt freshman just like Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel.  Well, except for the Heisman, but we’ve all seen what can happen when a freshman quarterback manziels ‘Bama.