Brian Kelly met with the media on signing to introduce the 23 athletes that signed on to be a part of Notre Dame 2010 recruiting class. One of Kelly's priorities was to find a quarterback that could help the team right away, so he signed three prospects.
Andrew Hendrix (6-foot-3, 226-pounds), Moeller High School, Cincinnati, Ohio:
Brian Kelly's Comments: "Andrew has a quick release. He has a very strong arm. I think the thing that stands out about Andrew is that he's only been a starter for a year and a half. He has not played a lot of football. His best football is clearly in front of him. He's a really gifted player and he has all the tools to excel. He's a young man that had a chance to visit Florida, so we had to re-recruit Andrew. He got a chance to visit Florida, but I think he felt, at the end of the day the opportunity at Notre Dame (was the best). He was indicative of the kids we wanted to recruit, he wanted to be here at Notre Dame. His dream was to be here."
Andrew Hendrix Profile: Senior season Completed 103 of 183 passes for 1,242 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions. Hendrix rushed 47 times for 238 yards and six touchdowns. He completed 15 of 20 throws for 251 yards and two touchdowns in 2009 game vs. St. Edward. Hendrix helped Moeller to #5 ranking in final 2009 Ohio Division I Associated Press poll with 9-2 record, losing in Ohio Division I Region 4 state playoff quarterfinal to Middletown. Honorable mention pick on Cincinnati Enquirer Football All-Stars squad for 2009. As a junior, Hendrix completed 158 of 292 passes for 1,731 yards and 11 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Hendrix started for East squad in January 2010 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Luke Massa (6-foot-5, 205-pounds), St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, Ohio:
Brian Kelly's Comments: "Another young man that I recruited at Cincinnati. When he decided that he wanted to look at Notre Dame, we certainly obliged him. He came in and led his team to a state championship as a sophomore, which obviously got my attention. He led a very, very good football team for three years as a starter. The offense changed on three occasions. He's very smart, very disciplined. He's going to be really big. He's going to be a very strong player. He's got great feet. He's an outstanding basketball player. Again, he's a young man that going to have a chance to be a very good football player. He's very smart. He's going to make good decisions for you play-in and play-out. He has the ability to move and on the move find receivers in tight coverage."
Massa's Profile: First-team quarterback on Cincinnati Enquirer Division I Football All-Stars squad for 2009. As a senior, Massa threw for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his throws. He earned all-league honors in 2009 while helping St. Xavier to Cincinnati Greater Catholic League South title. He helped St. Xavier to final #4 ranking in Associated Press poll to end 2009 regular season and 9-3 final record following regional semifinal playoff loss to Elder in 2009 Ohio Division I playoffs. Massa completed 20 of 28 passes in that Elder game, his final high school contest, for 221 yards and a touchdown. He completed 14 of 17 throws for 194 yards and three touchdowns in first-round state playoff win vs. Centerville. As a junior, Massa completed 66 of 124 passes for 752 yards and three touchdowns. His career numbers at St. Xavier included 3,496 passing yards and 28 TDs. Massa is also a starting forward in basketball in 2009-10 for St. Xavier.
Tommy Rees (6-foot-3, 192-pounds), Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, Ill.:
Brian Kelly's Comments: "It's a need that we addressed at the quarterback position. I think Tommy will do a nice job for us. (He's a) precision passer, worked predominately out of the shotgun. (He) gets the ball out of his hands quickly. He's a very good athlete. Has a strong arm and can make the throws. He'll get an opportunity to play a lot this spring. It's a great opportunity for Tommy to get out and play in the spring game, get spring practice and develop and get stronger."
Tommy Rees' Profile: Rees is one of five players to have enrolled at Notre Dame in January. As a senior, he completed 215 of 308 passes for 2,572 yards and 23 touchdowns. Rees threw for 526 yards and six touchdowns in one 2009 game versus Bradford (Wis.) Rees also threw for five touchdowns and 348 yards in 2009 vs. Warren. As a junior, he completed 195 of 344 passes for 2,170 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also started final six games at quarterback for Lake Forest as sophomore in 2007.
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