Brian Kelly picked up the second commitment for his first full class at Notre Dame on Monday when highly touted offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood selected the Irish from a pool of scholarship offers featuring some of the nation’s elite programs.
Forget about recruiting rankings since most aren’t released for the class of 2011. Take a look at Prestwood’s list of scholarship offers and you find out all you need to know about what kind of talent Notre Dame just added to its class of 2011.
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, and USC all have offered Prestwood a scholarship to join their programs. So did Cincinnati, Louisville, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
The first group of offers I rattled off is what sticks out though. Nick Saban at Alabama, Urban Meyer at Florida, and Lane Kiffin at USC are considered three of the best recruiters in the country. Brian Kelly just went head to head with all of them and won.
So much for the thought that Kelly wasn’t big time or couldn’t recruit with the big boys.
Prestwood will likely be one of the top rated recruits in the country when Rivals and ESPN both release their rankings. Scout has him as a 4 star prospect and the 18th ranked offensive tackle in the country.
Prestwood selected the Irish because they “stood out above the rest” among his suitors. (more from his presser below)
“When it was all said and done, one school stood out above the rest. One school really made me feel comfortable. It was very important to me that my parents felt just as comfortable as I did. Also, I have traveled with coach Strunk and my family all over the United States. Coach Strunk laid out a plan so I could get to all of my choices long before official visit dates. Without that I would not be able to make this announcement today. The recruiting process is over for me. This is more than a verbal commitment. My decision is final. I will not be recruited anymore.
“I am very happy to announce, along with my mom and dad, that I have decided to play offensive tackle at the University of Notre Dame.
“Coach Kelly is outstanding. Coach Alford did a great job recruiting me. Dave Peloquin gave me an unbelievable tour of Notre Dame. The entire staff is top notch and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick is incredible. Notre Dame is the whole package.
“Before I take questions, my family and I would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family of Matt James. It saddens me that I lost a fellow Notre Dame commit and future Irish teammate.”
Prestwood’s last comment before taking questions speaks volumes about what kind of prospect Notre Dame is getting off the field as well.
Notre Dame now has two commitments for the class of 2011 with Prestwood joining defensive lineman Brad Carrico. With a few weeks remaining before the Blue-Gold game, there is still some time for Kelly and the Irish to pick up a little more steam before the big recruiting weekend that caps off spring practice.