For the past few weeks the status of Notre Dame quarterback commitment Andrew Hendrix has been very much up in the air. The one time solid verbal for the Irish has been wavering on his commitment and took a trip to Florida this past weekend.
According to Irish Sports Daily’s Twitter feed, Hendrix is set to make his decision tomorrow between Notre Dame and Florida so we should know soon where Hendrix is headed.
Outside of Hendrix, a few new names have popped up on the quarterback recruiting front that have made the situation at the position even less clear.
When Texas Tech fired Mike Leach, the commitment of top 10 quarterback Scotty Young to the Raiders became questionable. Young committed to play in Leach’s high flying spread offense and Texas Tech brought in Tommy Tuberville as its new head coach who has brought in his own offensive coordinator. Tech’s previous offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was a major reason for Young’s commitment to Tech.
The Denton Record-Chronicle reported earlier this week that both Notre Dame and Arizona State have been in contact with Young since the firing of Leach. In taking a look at the scouting video below, it’s easy to see why the Irish coaches have been in contact – Young plays in a system very similar to what Brian Kelly will be installing at Notre Dame.
Tuberville just hired Neal Brown as his offensive coordinator on Tuesday so it will be interesting to see what happens with the recruiting of Young in the next few days.
Another name that has popped up is Cole Marcoux (6-5, 244 lbs), a New York City native who has been overlooked in the recruiting game but has grabbed the attention of schools based on his performance at last weekend’s US Army All American Bowl.
Marcoux played for the East squad and put up some impressive numbers in the fourth quarter of the yearly All American Bowl completing 5 of 8 passes for 99 yards while directing two scoring drives – the only scoring drives the East squad had in a 30-14 loss.
Marcoux wasn’t even originally selected to the East team, but won his way onto the team by winning a competition on a reality TV show called “The Ride”. The show followed seven quarterbacks for six months with the winner getting a roster spot on the team. Ironically enough, Marcoux wasn’t even one of the original members of the show, but impressed show producers at a camp in Chester, PA over the summer.
Tom Lemming told the South Bend Tribune that he thinks Marcoux is a better prospect than Hendrix and Marcoux himself told the Tribune that, “All I know is that I can’t imagine any high school football player who wouldn’t be interested if Notre Dame ever came calling.”
Marcoux is currently committed to Dartmouth, but his performance at the All American Bowl could very likely change that with the attention he has been getting since.
A third name to look out for is Bret Visciglia – Dayne Crist’s former understudy at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Visciglia didn’t play much with Crist in front of him, but he attended Los Angeles Valley Junior College and has put up some impressive numbers. Crist has been petitioning Kelly to give his old teammate a look and reportedly did the same with the previous staff.
Below is some video of Visciglia at LA Valley from 2008.
Notre Dame also has early enrollee Tommy Rees already on campus as part of this class. Rees reported to Notre Dame earlier this week along with four other early enrollees. He’ll be on the roster for spring practice and should see plenty of action with Crist still recovering from his ACL injury.
It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out. Hendrix could end the speculation and recommit to Notre Dame tomorrow. Should he elect to go to Florida, it at least appears as though Notre Dame has a couple pretty solid alternative options.