Tomorrow could be a feast or famine day for Notre Dame’s class of 2014. The Irish are still heavily involved with five different recruits although at this point there aren’t many strong indicators on where any of them are leaning. Here is the schedule of announcement times that are known for the remaining #GoldenArmy14 targets.
- 10:30 AM ET - Terrence Alexander – ESPNU
- 12:00 PM ET - Daniel Cage
- 12:00 PM ET – Courtney Garnett
- 4:00 PM ET - JuJu Smith – ESPNU
- 6:30 PM ET - Michiah Quick (UPDATED)
So there you have it. By Brian Kelly’s yearly Signing Day press conference, he and his staff should know the fate of both Terrence Alexander and Daniel Cage, but will have to wait until later in the day to find out if the recruiting efforts led by California ace recruiter Mike Denbrock will pay off for either Smith or Quick.
As of right now, none of the recruits above are considered locks for anywhere which makes tomorrow all the more exciting and all the more nerve racking.
Terrence Alexander still looks to be a Stanford and Notre Dame battle. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball for Alexander has been trending Notre Dame’s way the last few weeks though and things are looking pretty good for the Irish here.
For Daniel Cage it looks like a Notre Dame – Michigan State battle. The Spartans just picked up a DT commitment on Monday from Craig Evans – a Wisconsin decommitment – though and are still heavily involved with Malik McDowell. McDowell makes his announcement earlier in the day and if he does not select the Spartans, Michigan State figures to be the heavy favorite. Should McDowell select Michigan State, however, that could push the Irish on top.
Right now the only real positive for Notre Dame on JuJu Smith is that his recruitment is eerily similar to that of Manti Te’o five years ago. Notre Dame hasn’t won over elite defensive recruits on Signing Day in recent history and like Te’o almost all signs are pointing to USC. All that said, Smith’s recruitment feels a lot like Te’o's in all of the things he is looking for in a school. It would still be considered a pretty big upset for Notre Dame to pull this one off, but so was getting a signature from Te’o on Signing Day 2009.
Things look much more optimistic for fellow California native Michiah Quick. It’s been reported that this is an Oklahoma and Notre Dame battle for a little while now. The 247 Crystal Ball trended up ever so slightly for Notre Dame this week though and it looks like Denbrock’s hard work has a good chance of paying off for Notre Dame.
Oklahoma commitment Courtney Garnett currently does not have an announcement time set but since returning from his weekend official visit to Notre Dame, he has yet to reaffirm his commitment to the Sooners which can only be considered a positive for Notre Dame.
UPDATE: Courtney Garnett is now scheduled to announce his decision at 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday – the same time as fellow defensive tackle Daniel Cage. On Tuesday, Cage’s recruitment took a turn for the positive from Notre Dame’s perspective and things look like they are trending in favor of the Irish. Could Notre Dame add two defensive tackles to this class at the same time? We will know soon enough.