Day, a Scout.com 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.
WHAT TO LIKE
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.
WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU
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.