Notre Dame fans have become accustomed to not receiving a lot of good news on Signing Days over the years save for a few surprises here and there, but on National Signing Day Irish fans were hit with one of the most shocking and disappointing pieces of news they’ve ever received on Signing Day when long time commitment and star wide receiver Deontay Greenberry shockingly shunned Notre Dame for Houston.
Greenberry, the cousin of early enrollee Tee Shepard and the jewel of this year’s wide receiver class for the Irish, stunned the recruiting world on Wednesday when he picked of all places Houston to pursue his collegiate career. Greenberry had made visits to some high profile universities over the last few months, but most felt his commitment was secure and certainly no one considered Houston a serious player for his services.
Notre Dame still signed three potential wide receivers on Wednesday in Chris Brown, Justin Ferguson, and Keivarae Russell are all likely to start their careers at wide receiver, but none of them bring the instant impact ability that Greenberry brought to the table for the Irish making his last minute switch even more shocking. Many projected the high profile recruit to challenge for a starting position from day one.
This ranks right up there with the Lorenzo Booker and CJ Leak signing day dramas. In all honesty, this one may even top the Booker and Leak situations because in neither of those cases was the recruit committed to Notre Dame. In the case of Grennberry, he had been committed to Notre Dame for months and months and the Irish were able to withstand recruiting charges from the likes of USC and UCLA for his services.
In the lone bit of potential good news for Notre Dame, another wide receiver recruit could land in Notre Dame’s lap after Ohio State dropped Davonte Neal as they filled up on scholarships. Should Notre Dame be Neal’s final destination, the Irish will have done about as well as they could have hoped for in replacing a recruit who decided to change his commitment on Signing Day but right now a signed letter of intent from Neal is far from certain for the Irish with Neal likely to take a few more official visits before deciding.
Other than the Greenberry news, there were no other shockers for the Irish as Notre Dame was unable to swing Brian Poole from Florida or secure a commitment from any of the other remaining prospects they held out slim hope for such as Nelson Agholor who ended up at rival USC.
In all, Notre Dame signed just 16 recruits in this years class and ended up missing out at several key positions after it looked like the Irish would run out of scholarships earlier this month.