Book: Sanford staying with Irish

Brian Kelly and Mike Sanford visited Notre Dame quarterback commitment Ian Book on the first day they hit the trail of the current recruiting contact period.

Irish quarterback commitment Ian Book welcomed Brian Kelly and Mike Sanford into his home in El Dorado Hills, Calif. on Monday evening.

“It was so awesome,” Book said. “Coach Sanford just told me recently that he and coach Kelly were coming, so we didn’t have much time to prepare, but my parents and brother were there. It was crazy to have Brian Kelly in our house. We talked about everything including things outside of football.”

Book also had other coaches at his home on Monday.

“My head coach, offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach and running backs coach all wanted to meet coach Kelly, so they came in the beginning, and we all hung out,” Book said. “Then they left, and we had dinner with my family and coach Kelly and coach Sanford.” 

Deep-dish pizza was the main course, which fueled conversations of a variety of topics.

“We talked about our recruiting class and how it’s really coming together,” Book said. “They didn’t say who, but they expect to add a couple more soon. We talked about how we lost to in the semifinals last week in a close game. Our game was actually very similar to how Notre Dame lost. The offenses weren’t on the field enough.”

Book was awarded MVP of the Sierra Foothill League last month. In 11 games Book totaled 2,664 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and three interceptions. Book rushed for 679 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“Coach Kelly seemed really happy with my numbers, and he really likes the way I throw,” Book said.

The contact period in recruiting is in full swing and so are rumors circulating amidst college football coaching changes. Sanford will likely be a candidate for multiple head coaching jobs.

The Irish offensive coordinator has told Book he’ll return to Notre Dame next season.

"(Sanford) has clarified that he's staying with Notre Dame," Book said. "He said he's definitely not going anywhere. He's really happy at Notre Dame and said he doesn't have any interest in leaving."

Book won’t be able to attend Notre Dame’s postseason awards show on Dec. 11 because that’s the date of his own postseason banquet.

“I wish I could get back to Notre Dame for that weekend, but if they go to the Fiesta Bowl, I’d love to go just to watch them,” Book said. “Hopefully I can get to Notre Dame again before I go for good on June 14.”


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