Recruiting: Quarterbacks In 2011 Class

With the emergence of Tommy Rees, the expected play of two more freshmen, and the return of Dayne Crist, quarterback recruiting is one of the lesser areas of need in the Class of 2011.

Brian Kelly loves his quarterbacks and never hides when a good one is on the market looking for a team.  However, with Tommy Rees showing great growth towards the end of the season, and a healthy Dayne Crist expected back from injury, Kelly knows if he is going to take a signal caller, he better be the right one.

Where The Program Stands Now

Will Leave The Program At The End Of The Season:  Brian Castello – Senior (Walk-on)

Set To Return To Program

(Class as of this season)

Dayne Crist – Junior

Tommy Rees – Freshman

Andrew Hendrix – Freshman

Luke Massa – Freshman

Nate Montana – Junior (Walk-on)

Matthew Mulvey – Junior (Walk-on)

Shuffle The Deck

So where will the quarterbacks stack up when the cards are shuffled after the season?  Here is a quick look.

Dayne Crist showed solid signs of catching on with each game played.  However, the offense seemed more solid under the guidance of Tommy Rees.  Good things have been said about Andrew Hendrix, and Luke Massa has yet to be heard from.

Look for Rees and Crist to battle early with Hendrix pushing both of them for a shot as a starter.  This battle will continue into August and camp before Brian Kelly will name who has earned the job to start the season.

Recruiting In 2011

Should Notre Dame take a quarterback in the Class of 2011?

That is a question Brian Kelly will have to answer before it is all said and done.  In the past, Kelly has never walked away from a top quality signal caller.  The top four signal callers at the top of Kelly's wish list have taken their names off the board.  This leaves Everett Golson, a soft verbal to North Carolina still holding an Irish offer.

The South Carolina native has visited with the Irish and said all the things you want to hear about his visit.  Still, he has not pulled away from North Carolina and time is starting to run down as Golson is planning on graduating in December and becoming an early enrollee.

Is Golson The Right Fit

Some may question his height, however, in Brian Kelly's offense; Everett Golson would have a great chance to excel.  Because of his height, Golson would need to be in an offense where a quarterback is set up with lanes to throw through.  Kelly's offense is designed so players like Golson can hit a high percentage of throws.  The added bonus is his mobility and running ability. 

If Not Golson

Unless a Bubba Starling, Kiehl Frazier, or other Class of 2011 quarterbacks make a change in their commitment, Golson looks to be the person Kelly will either get or let the position go for a year.

There is no need to take a signal caller just to take one.  With Rees playing this season, Kelly will have Hendrix and Massa at the position with each having four years remaining.


IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories