Recruiting Reset: Tracking the QBs

For a while it looked like Notre Dame would not take a quarterback in the 2014 class, but that may change and IrishEyes.com takes a look at the recruiting situation with the position.

Quarterback recruiting is a fickle business these days. Schools identify their top targets the spring of sophomore seasons, then spend the next year evaluating their targets and cultivating relationships.

Notre Dame didn't think it needed to do such a thing when Gunner Kiel enrolled in January 2012. He was the nation's No. 1 quarterback, and after an expected red-shirt season, he was to challenge Everett Golson for playing time in 2013.

Except Golson played well in 2012. So well, in fact, he managed a Notre Dame offense while the defense led the Irish to the national championship game.

It also sent Kiel packing for Cincinnati this spring, and Notre Dame suddenly searching for a quarterback in the 2014 class to balance out its depth. It is still not a given the Irish will take a quarterback, and at this point they have offered only four of them.

Will they land one in the class. At this point, offers to other quarterbacks may be the way to go because Notre Dame isn't considered a leader for any of the ones it offered, and IrishEyes.com takes a look at the situation.


Kyle Allen, Desert Mountain High, Scottsdale, Ariz.
The nation's No. 1 quarterback and the only five-star signal caller in the class, Notre Dame will get a chance to make an impression on Allen next month, and it is a huge opportunity. Arizona State, which is only a few miles from his high school, and UCLA spent plenty of time building a relationship over a long period time. Ohio State is also involved and could also be a factor while Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are both on his radar.
Skinny: The Irish have ground to make up.


David Cornwell, Norman (Okl.) High North
Skinny: Like Allen, the Irish became involved late with Cornwell, and it is hard to make up ground late, especially when the player doesn't live anywhere close to campus and cannot get there easily. When he's done interviews, Cornwell, the No. 6 quarterback in the class, hasn't talked much about the Irish and the SEC seems to be a hot topic with him.

Skinny: Getting him out away from the SEC will be tough.


Jacob Park, Stratford High, Goose Creek, S.C.
Skinny: According to his coach, Park actually has held the Notre Dame offer for a while but it just became public. The Irish were recruiting Park last spring but slowed down when it looked like they would not take a quarterback. The only reason Notre Dame is on Park's radar is the Irish showed prior interest. He is less than two months away from deciding and doesn't have a visit planned, so things will have to change for Notre Dame to move into contention. Skinny: Notre Dame is trying, but Park doesn't seem very receptive.


Brandon Dawkins, Oaks Christian Academy, Westlake Village, Calif.
Skinny: The Irish offered Dawkins long ago, but the interest in the 6-foot-3, signal caller is lukewarm. He continues to be on Notre Dame's radar, but there is little push to get him on campus. He could be a fall-back option, or not an option.
Skinny: If the Irish pushed, they could likely land him.


As for other quarterbacks, the Irish are looking at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) Michael O'Connor, Jalen McClendon of West Mecklenburg High (Charlotte, N.C.) and DeShone Kizer of Central Catholic High (Toledo, Ohio), but offers have not been extended.



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