IrishEyes Stock Report: QB

The Notre Dame coaching staff continues to consider quarterback options for the 2011 recruiting class. With most of its top prospects off the board, the question is whether the Irish still plan to select a quarterback in this recruiting cycle. IrishEyes examines the remaining options.

Ideally the Irish staff would like to sign one quarterback in every recruiting class, but there are several factors that the coaches will consider as they continue to work on the class of 2011. Since the Irish signed three quarterbacks in the 2010 class, is there a real need to add another quarterback in 2011? The answer to that question isn't as clear as one would think. It would have been "yes" if the name of the quarterback was Braxton Miller, Kiehl Frazier, Matt Wittek or Bubba Starling. After those four the decision becomes clouded.

Last week Justin Worley came to Notre Dame to the Notre Dame football camp to work out for the staff, but it doesn't appear that he impressed the Notre Dame coaches enough to solidify his offer. Shortly after leaving Notre Dame, Worley committed to Tennessee.. That leaves the Irish with two names on their recruiting board.

Phillip Ely, Plant High school (Tampa, Fla.): Scout.com's No. 28 ranked quarterback came to the Notre Dame camp last week and made an impression on Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar. At 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, Ely doesn't have ideal height, and he doesn't possess and great arm, but he is a heady player and he's a winner. He led Plant to the Florida 5A championship last season. Ely has the athleticism and accuracy that Molnar is looking for to run Brian Kelly's spread offense. With over 20 scholarship offers, Ely is only waiting on an Irish offer before he sits down to mull over his college decision. Buy

Jacoby Brissett, William T. Dwyer High School (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.): Scout.com's No. 23 ranked quarterback. At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, Brissett has an ideal frame for a college quarterback. He's outstanding athlete with a big arm. Brissett is a little raw, but he showed well at the Clarkson Dreammaker Camp against some of the top quarterbacks in the country. Brissett has a long offer sheet and Notre Dame would do well to add him to this class, but he hasn't really given the Irish much of a look. Sell

The Notre Dame staff will continue to evaluate quarterbacks throughout the fall, and it is possible that they revisit Matt Wittek, should he waver on his commitment to USC. We should know in the next week or two if the Irish plan on offering Ely. If they opt not to offer Ely and they don't find a quarterback to their liking this fall, there is a real possibility that they will pass on a quarterback this year and turn their attention to a talented group of quarterbacks in the 2012 class.


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