IE Quick Take: Sheldon Day

The verbal commitment of Sheldon Day was a major surprise on Wednesday night as many felt Day was looking to take a few official visits. gives this quick take on the newest member of the Class of 2012.

Many Notre Dame fans uttered the happy pun that Wednesday was a good "DAY" to be Irish, as Sheldon Day of Warren Central High (Indianapolis), gave Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame staff his verbal pledge.

Day, a 5-star (#7 national) defensive tackle, has all the tools the Irish are looking for to continue to build a strong front seven for several years to come.


The first word most scouts use to describe Sheldon Day is "explosive." Day has a quick first step and is capable of playing on the edge as well as inside. At 6-foot-2, 280-pounds, Day is cat-quick and skilled in using his hands during combat in the trenches.

Despite his size, Day is able to run sideline-to-sideline to make a play and should fit well in Bob Diaco's defensive scheme.


As a player, there are not many things to be concerned with upon first blush. The unexpected commitment surprised many who wondered if Day felt pressure to jump on the Irish bandwagon. Having spoken with Sheldon and his mother, I feel confident this was a well thought-out decision, and Irish fans concerns regarding retaining this high-profile recruit should be limited.


The addition of Sheldon Day gives Notre Dame another 5-star pledge joining Tee Shepard and Ronald Darby. Add Taylor Decker, Nick Baratti, C.J. Prosise, Deontay Greenberry and David Perkins, and Brian Kelly is building Notre Dame's recruiting class into one of the best in the country.

Day fits a need in the class as the Irish continue to build a strong defensive foundation overall. He also is a RKG, as he's solid in the classroom, and off the field in the community. Top Stories