The aftershock of the firing of Tyrone Willingham is starting to surface among some of the prospects Notre Dame had been recruiting.
Top offensive tackle prospect Dan Doering says he was stunned by the decision to let Willingham go.
"I was pretty shocked," said Doering. "I was not expecting that at all. I was bummed out about that."
Doering says the news has changed his plans a bit.
"It puts them on hold," said Doering when asked where this leaves the Irish. "I'm still interested in going ot Notre Dame. I'm just going to wait and see what happens with the coaching position."
The Irish had been rumored to be one of his top schools along with Iowa. We asked Doering if the news has changed his thoughts on the Irish.
"I'd say yeah," Doering admitted. "I had a good relationship with their coaches. I liked their coaching staff. I think it was a big mistake to fire coach Willingham. A lot of things were starting to fall into place."
Doering plans to announce his decision at the Army All American bowl. With Doering scheduled to attend Iowa for an official visit on December 10, the Irish likely won't have a chance to schedule him in for a visit before he makes his decision.
We asked Doering if he was aware that the Irish likely couldn't get him in for an official visit before he made his decision.
"Yeah, that's true. I don't know what will happen," said Doering. "I talked to coach Gonzales and he said he wasn't sure when they could have a recruiting weekend. I guess the faster they get a coach the better. Not just for me, but for all the recruits. I think it was a big mistake."
Comments: I've never felt the Irish were going to land Doering because of his close relationship with the Iowa coaches. I'd say the chances are much less in landing Doering at this point. Unless a new coach can change his mind about Notre Dame, I'd be very surprised if he signed anywhere but Iowa.