COVETED Notre Dame PLAYERS
Notre Dame’s two-deep features 11 players that held Georgia Tech offers.
- Starting safety Elijah Shumate (2012)
- Starting defensive end Isaac Rochell (2013)
- Starting nose guard Daniel Cage (2014)
- Starting offensive guard Quenton Nelson (2014)
- Backup offensive tackle Mark Harrell (2012)
- Backup cornerback Devin Butler (2013)
- Backup offensive guard Alex Bars (2014)
- Backup defensive tackle Jay Hayes (2014)
- Backup center Sam Mustipher (2014)
- Backup cornerback Nick Watkins (2014)
- Backup linebacker Te’Von Coney (2015)
Rochell named Notre Dame his leader out of a top seven that also had Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee in April of 2012. In June, Rochell committed to Notre Dame over finalist Florida State. The Irish and Yellow Jackets both hosted him twice on unofficial visits before his decision. Rochell was a former four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 12 defensive end in the Class of 2013.
Georgia Tech was not a serious contender for any other Irish player.
COVETED GEORGIA TECH PLAYERS
The only player on the Georgia Tech roster who held a Notre Dame offer is backup middle linebacker Domonique Noble. A North Carolina native and former three-star cornerback in the Class of 2011, Notre Dame offered Noble in May of 2010. In July, Noble named a top three, in order, of Georgia Tech, Penn State and Notre Dame. In August, Noble committed to longtime leader Georgia Tech. Penn State and Notre Dame never received visits. Mike Elston headed Noble’s recruitment for Notre Dame.
In two games this season, Noble has registered six tackles. The offseason saw him move from the secondary to linebacker.
Georgia Tech has nine commitments in the Class of 2016, and none of them hold Notre Dame offers. Nine commitments are the least in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets signed 27 in 2015.
Georgia Tech has never cracked the top 25 in national recruiting rankings in Paul Johnson’s tenure as head coach. Johnson took over the Yellow Jackets in December of 2007. The best finish for Georgia Tech in ACC recruiting standings since then was fifth in 2009.
Georgia Tech’s last five recruiting classes (2011-2015) have averaged 2.73, 2.88, 2.86, 2.90 and 2.93 stars, respectively. Johnson’s highest average came in 2010 (3.00 stars).