Recruiting: Tight Ends 2011

Tight end provides head coach Brian Kelly with another big question following the team's Sun Bowl appearance later this month. We breakdown the position and the areas of need in the Class of 2011.

Will he stay or will he go?  That's the question asked by Notre Dame fans when talking about junior tight end Kyle Rudolph.  Despite missing a large part of the season, Rudolph, is considered one of the top tight end prospects and could opt to leave the program a year early.  With that said, we look at the remaining tight ends and the future at the position.


Where The Program Stands Now

Set To Leave Program At End Of Season

Bobby Burger – Senior (more of an H-Back).


Set To Return

Tyler Eifert – Sophomore

Jake Golic – Sophomore

Mike Ragone – Senior ** Has a year remaining most fully expect Ragone to return for a fifth season.

Kyle Rudolph – Junior

Alex Welch – Freshman

All eyes are on Kyle Rudolph and his decision to stay another season in South Bend or take his chances with the NFL.  While there are questions about Rudolph's ability to show his talents to the pros, he still projects as one of the top tight end in this spring's draft if he makes the choice to leave.

Shuffle The Deck

While Ragone must still go through the process of getting approval for a fifth season, many feel he will be asked back and if so he will provide a solid player.

Eifert pulled down 23 balls for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns and is just scratching the surface of his talents.  Golic and Welch will need to continue their growth at the position and the spring will be important for Golic to take the next steps.

Recruiting In 2011

The Irish wanted one tight end and got the one they wanted in Ben Koyack (Oil City, PA).  The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Koyack has the skill set Brian Kelly wants from the position and should be expected to fight for early on field time depending upon Rudolph's return.

Only one other tight end remains on the Irish recruiting board and no one expects Jerell Adams to visit or the Irish to make contact.  Koyack is their guy and will be the only tight end. Top Stories