Notre Dame received a recruiting boost on Wednesday when quarterback Andrew Hendrix recommitted to Notre Dame after taking a visit to Florida last weekend. Hendrix originally committed to Notre Dame in June under then head coach Charlie Weis, but had been wavering until Wednesday’s news.
While Hendrix was wavering in his commitment, a few new names began to pop up for Notre Dame at quarterback such as Texas Tech commit Scotty Young and US Army All American Bowl surprise star Cole Marcoux. It’s unclear whether or not Brian Kelly and staff decides to pursue another quarterback in this class.
What is clear is that Hendrix is once again firmly committed to Notre Dame and will join early enrollee Tommy Rees at quarterback in this class. Rees along with four other early enrollees began their Notre Dame careers this week.
Hendrix has been writing a blog over at Irish Sports Daily throughout the recruiting process and posted a full letter stating his recommitment to Notre Dame on Wednesday. Here’s an excerpt on his reasoning:
It was Notre Dame that was keeping me from heading to Gainesville. It was the people; Dayne Crist and Kyle Rudolph, and even big ol Mike Golic Jr! I thought about the Basilica and The Grotto, and Touchdown Jesus. Florida’s campus was beautiful, but Notre Dame’s campus is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life. My gut got it started, but when I got to thinking, my head started to follow. Coach Kelly has a staff that I know and like. It is a very good staff and Kelly himself is a proven winner. He runs an offense I know I can develop and prosper in, and most of all have fun in. I get to compete and play with one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Dayne Crist, and play with guys just like me.
Having Hendrix back in the fold gives Notre Dame some security at the position in this class and is a nice win for Kelly going up against Urban Meyer for a recruit. Even though Hendrix was already committed, it was still nice to see Kelly keep Hendrix on board after the four star recruits visit to Gainesville. We’ve seen Notre Dame commitments take trips to Florida too many times and come back no longer committed.
It wasn’t all good news for Notre Dame on Wednesday though. Five star wide receiver and Chicago native Kyle Prater recommitted on Wednesday as well… to USC. The star receiver was set to fly out to Los Angeles this week as an early enrollee for the Trojans, but stayed in Chicago after the news broke of Pete Carroll’s departure for the NFL.
It was believed that Notre Dame was going to be able to get back into the race, but once Lane Kiffin was named head coach in Troy Notre Dame’s chances plummeted. Tennessee was another school Prater had been considering and reports are that Prater will enroll at USC next week.
Wide receiver wasn’t a position of need at this point for Notre Dame with Daniel Smith, Bennett Jackson, and Tai-ler Jones in this class, but adding a recruit of Prater’s caliber certainly would have been nice and would have been a nice feather in Brian Kelly’s cap now that he is recruiting on a bigger stage.