Just yesterday the SBT had a quote from Tom Lemming about John Latina being Notre Dame’s best recruiter amongst the assistant coaches this year so his departure will obviously bring some about some questions about the potential impact. After doing some preliminary research on Verducci though it seems as though recruiting won’t be an issue at all with Notre Dame’s new offensive line coach.
Latina was in charge of recruiting New Jersey and was the primary recruiter for Tyler Stockton, Theo Riddick, Nyshier Oliver, Carlo Calabrese, and Zach Martin. Here’s a snippet from the official release announcing Verducci that should put any concerns regarding him recruiting New Jersey to rest.
“In addition, the name Verducci in New Jersey high school football is legendary as both his father and uncle were coaching icons. This should aide our recruiting efforts in New Jersey and the Northeast.
Here’s another bit of info I found tonight from the Sun Times which makes me even more optimistic about this move from a recruiting standpoint.
Verducci was ranked one of the top 10 recruiters in the country by Tom Lemming in 1990 and by Allen Wallace at SuperPrep from 1990-92 and in 1995.
So in a nutshell, we now have an offensive line coach with 19 years experience coaching on the college level who has been considered a top notch recruiter by some of the best recruiting analysts in the business. As I mentioned in my last post, Verducci’s familiarity with the blocking schemes Charlie Weis wants to use is also a major selling point in bringing Verducci onto the staff.
All in all this looks like a pretty solid move for Weis and Notre Dame.