Notre Dame wanted to take two quarterbacks in this recruiting class. On Tuesday, the Irish picked up the second quarterback in this class in Tommy Rees. Rees, who picked up his offer to Notre Dame a little over a week ago after a good showing at camp, selected Notre Dame over Stanford and Tennessee.
Rees told Irish Illustrated that Notre Dame just felt like the right place for him.
“My gut was just telling me that’s where I should go,” Rees said. “I’m really excited about the opportunity and the coaching staff is great. Between coach (Rob) Ianello, coach (Ron) Powlus and coach (Charlie) Weis, I really got to know them well.”
Rees said the Irish offer was too good to pass up.
“The tradition there is something I feel strongly about,” he said. “You can’t beat Notre Dame’s football tradition along with the great education.”
He also told Irish Sports Daily that he is not afraid of the competition with fellow incoming freshman Andrew Hendrix.
“It’s just competition,” Rees stated. “There’s going to be that anywhere. They wanted to make sure our personalities can mesh, and I look forward to getting to know him, and I heard he’s a great guy. On the field, we’ll have to compete, but off the field, I’m sure we’ll be friends, and I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Tom Lemming told the Sun Times that Rees is a good pick up for Notre Dame.
‘‘He’s got a good arm and he’s a good athlete,’’ recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. ‘‘He fits in perfectly with a pro-style offense like Notre Dame has.’’
Rees’ stock has soared in the last month, Lemming said. That included receiving a scholarship offer from Tennessee a week and a half ago.
‘‘He’s the type of kid who can really develop into something, and he will get that chance at Notre Dame,’’ Lemming said.
Rees, a three star recruit from both Rivals and Scout, joins Hendrix in this year’s quarterback class. Rees was a great second quarterback for this class. He will need time to develop in the system and won’t be rushed into playing early. He’s a very good developmental prospect