Brian Kelly picked up the first 5-star recruit recruit of his Notre Dame career on Monday when tight end Ben Koyack became the 8th member of the class of 2011.
Koyack (6-5, 230 lbs, 4.6) picked Notre Dame over a host of elite programs all who offered the talented tight end. Boston College, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, USC, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin all extended offers to the Pennsylvania native.
ESPN Chicago’s Wes Morgan spoke with the 5-star talent on Monday. Here’s a little of what he had to say.
“Just the offense he runs, and he seems like a guy I can trust,” said Koyack, who has 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. “I definitely believe what he says. [The previous staff] started off saying they had a lot of interest, and then I kind of lost touch with them. When Brian Kelly took over, I mean, I watched his offense at Cincinnati so I knew I had to check it out.
“A week before [I signed] I narrowed it down to Notre Dame and Ohio State. When I went [to South Bend], I just kind of fell in love.”
Koyack also referred to Notre Dame as “Tight End U” – a tradition his commitment continues.
Most draft experts are predicting that Kyle Rudolph could be a 1st round pick in the 2011 with a breakout season in 2010. Because of this, it was imperative that Notre Dame land an elite, pass catching tight end in this class – Koyack’s commitment ensures that.
Koyack is a big target at 6’5″ that runs very well for a big man. In just seven games in 2009, he caught 43 passes for 748 yards and 7 touchdowns.
His speed is on display in the scouting video below.
While it’s still very early, some of the recruiting concerns that many expressed with the new staff seem to be fading pretty fast with Kelly and staff securing verbal commitments from top rated talents like Koyack at a rapid pace.
Koyack is the fourth commitment since the Blue/Gold game joining Conor Hanratty, Jarrett Grace, and Tony Springmann.