Notre Dame received some great recruiting news on Tuesday that no one could have seen coming. Four star defensive tackle recruit Louis Nix verbally committed to Notre Dame just over 24 hours after Notre Dame fired head coach Charlie Weis.
In a fairly unprecedented move, Nix committed to Notre Dame without a head coach currently in place. Running backs coach Tony Alford visited with Nix on Tuesday and collected the commitment during his visit.
“He told me about the situation with the coaches, and he said if he wasn’t going to be there, he thought I should still go there, and that Notre Dame was the best school for me,” Nix explained. “For someone to tell me that, who possibly wouldn’t be coaching me, that’s something worth listening to.”
Nix will immediately become a fan favorite amongst Irish fans for committing to Notre Dame without knowing who his head coach would be. It is extremely rare for a recruit to show this sort of faith in a university during a fairly turbulent time like Notre Dame is currently experiencing; and it says a lot about Nix’s priorities and character that he’d commit to Notre Dame at this time.
Alford, already a fan favorite for his tough attitude, will only cement his placement as one of the most popular assistant coaches on this year’s coaching staff. I wrote yesterday that Alford would be at the top of my list of coaches to retain for the next staff and Tuesday’s news makes me believe even more in that statement.
As for what Nix brings to Notre Dame on the football field, the Irish will be getting an elite defensive tackle prospect that has the potential to be a game changing force in the middle of a defensive line. Rivals, Scout, and ESPN all rate Nix as a four start prospect with both Rivals and ESPN ranking him as one of the top 100 national recruits regardless of position.
Originally a Miami commitment, Nix became enamored with Notre Dame during three separate visits since the summer. He also held scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, and Miami.
As the highlight clip below shows, Nix is a very disruptive force. He’ll have to work on his pass rushing moves on the next level since he can just simply over power the competition he faces in high school, but Nix is a defensive tackle with a ton of upside.
Hats off to Nix for pulling the trigger on his commitment now and the assistant coaches still in place, Tony Alford especially, for continuing to hit the recruiting trail hard and sell recruits on Notre Dame as a university and a program.
Chris Martin Decommits
Not all the recruiting news on Tuesday was good for the Irish. Five star defensive end Chris Martin made it official on Tuesday and decommitted from Notre Dame and will look at Cal, Florida, Oklahoma, and USC. Some reports have suggested that Martin would consider the Irish again depending on the head coach that gets hired, but there hasn’t been a consensus.
Martin has long been wavering on his commitment once it became apparent that Charlie Weis would be fired. In fact, Martin’s commitment was considered shaky by most since the summer.
Martin continues a recent Notre Dame tradition of five-star defensive linemen committing to the Irish in the spring, only to decommit in December or January. Both Justin Trattou and Omar Hunter were at one time Notre Dame commitments who ended up decommitting and signing with Florida.