Brian Kelly realized that Notre Dame could pull in a top five recruiting class this offseason. Apparently that wasn’t just talk because the next two recruiting classes are absolutely loaded. The Notre Dame offense is about to experience some special players.
The majority of the players on that list are on the offensive side of the ball. This list is also likely to add in five star APB, Will Shipley in the 2021 class.
While Kelly has never been a grinder on the recruiting trail, he has brought in a staff that is. While I have my concerns with Tommy Rees as a first time OC and running the Notre Dame offense, I don’t doubt that he can be an elite recruiter. Lance Taylor, who was recently promoted to run game coordinator, is another guy that has been dominant on the recruiting trail. He played a key role in landing Chris Tyree and seems to be in line to land one of the best backs in Will Shipley.
While some coaches have made a direct impact, you can’t leave out 2021 recruit, Blake Fisher. Fisher has been hitting the recruiting trail for Notre Dame and made quite the impact.
“My parents have raised me to be a leader. Lead by example,” Fisher said. “That’s a big thing at Avon, to be a leader. You want to surround yourself with guys that have the same mentality as you. That have the same work ethic as you. The same drive and motivation.”Via Indy Star
In the weeks leading up to their decisions, Fisher said he called Colzie and Styles every other day. “He just kept calling me to make sure I stuck with that (silent commitment),” Styles said. “We were talking like, ‘Let’s come here and make something special happen at Notre Dame.’ I liked what he was talking about, and I liked the coaching staff. I felt comfortable.”Via Indy Star
Recently Fisher has been working to land another highly talented OL, Rocco Spindler.
Spindler is a top 50 overall player according to 247 Sports and is predicted to land at Michigan. He would be another major addition to an already loaded class. Notre Dame currently has the number three class in the country on 247 Sports.
Taking The Next Step
The Notre Dame defense isn’t going to be an issue. Clark Lea is one of the very best in the country. He also put on display his ability to develop linebackers with the impressive play of the young group last season. As long as he is still in South Bend, there will be nothing to worry about overall on the defensive side.
However the offense is another question. Rees has to run an offense for the first time and get Book to take the next step. They also lose Chase Claypool, Chris Finke and Cole Kmet. While the offense is still loaded with talent, it is young and more uncertain.
The 2020 and 2021 classes will be a force in the coming years. Rees also has to work out the obvious issues he will face as a first year OC. If he can get things clicking and Book can get back on track, Notre Dame could have a playoff berth in the near future.
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