Notre Dame, Ind (UHND) — While Notre Dame had a light visit list this weekend, it netted a commitment from its lone visitor, defensive back/quarterback Kyle McCarthy (6-0, 170). Offered a scholarship earlier this week, McCarthy committed to the Irish over the weekend and became the 14 th commitment in this class. Meanwhile, former commit David Nelson committed to Florida after his visit there this weekend.
McCarthy’s quick acceptance of his late offer from Notre Dame speaks a lot about how much he wants to be at Notre Dame. McCarthy is from Youngstown , Ohio and committed to the Irish without meeting new head coach Charlie Weis. Weis was the one to make the offer to McCarthy, but the two have not met in person yet.
McCarthy did it all for Cardinal Mooney this year while playing quarterback and defensive back. As a signal caller, he did more with his wheels than his arm. McCarthy ran the ball extremely well and proved to be hard to tackle. On defense, McCarthy played defensive back and showed excellent athleticism.
He appears to have some excellent speed and is listed with around a 4.4-4.5 40 yard dash time. His future at Notre Dame most likely lies in the defensive backfield with Evan Sharpley also in this class. McCarthy is an excellent athlete and a great pick up for Notre Dame in this class.
Nelson to Florida
Former commit David Nelson committed to Florida this weekend after his official visit to Gainesville . Nelson always said he was still a soft verbal to Notre Dame, but it was clear that his interest in Notre Dame was pretty low after the firing of Willingham.
What makes this situation more interesting is the fact that the Notre Dame coaching staff did not seem to put the same effort in keeping his commitment as they did with Lawrence Wilson. Was the new staff not as high on Nelson as the previous? The Irish did get a commitment from DJ Hord and have a few new names popping up at the position. Maybe they just weren’t as high on Nelson or maybe they felt he was not that high on them and looked for alternatives.
It’s also interesting that the New England Patriots tallest regular wide receiver is David Givens at 6-0 with 5-10 Troy Brown, 5-9 Deion Branch, and 5-11 Bethel Johnson.
New Name at Wide Receiver
A new name popped up at wide receiver this weekend in David Horton from Allentown , PA. Horton goes to Allentown Central Catholic, the same high school that produced Ed McCaffery and the excellent author of the article you are reading. Horton has some good speed. He’s had interest in Notre Dame for some time and his hearing from them lately.