Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2011 is quickly becoming an embarrassment of riches in the trenches after the Irish picked up another lineman Monday. Former Florida commitment Chase Hounshell flipped to Notre Dame giving the Irish yet another quality lineman in this class.
Florida recruited Hounshell as an offensive tackle, while Notre Dame recruited the Ohio native as a defensive end. Hounshell originally committed to Florida while Urban Meyer was still the head coach. When Meyer retired in December, Hounshell began to rethink his commitment.
Hounshell was originally planning on enrolling early at Florida, but in January [intlink id=”7523″ type=”post”]he decided against enrolling early [/intlink]because he was not sure if he still wanted to go to Florida. On Monday defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and defensive line coach Mike Elston made an in-home visit with Hounshell that ended up sealing the deal.
Hounshell told Irish Illustrated that he was not planning on committing today, but the visit changed his mind.
“I didn’t know I was going to do it,” Hounshell said of his commitment. “They came in today and we talked for two or three hours about me coming to Notre Dame and being a good fit there and how they could use me. I told them I’d visit this weekend and I’d give them an answer after that.
“They were OK with that and told me to take my time. As they were walking out the door I got a gut felling and said Notre Dame was the place I wanted to go for sure.”
With Hounshell’s commitment, Notre Dame has five linemen capable of playing defensive end with Hounshell joining Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, Brad Carrico, and Tony Springmann. Of that gorup, Hounshell, Carrico, and Springmann are all capable of playing along the offensive line. With only three offensive linemen in this class so far, it’s possible there could be some shuffling of the deck here.
Hounshell’s commitment caps off a pretty impressive four day stretch for Diaco. On Friday Diaco visited Ishaq Williams at 4:30 AM before he had planned on leaving for an official visit Penn State and ended up leaving Brooklyn with a commitment from the pass rushing terror.
Notre Dame is up to 23 commitments with Hounshell on board and likely has only one or two spots left in this class and could be done on the defensive side of the ball.
After years of struggling to land defensive linemen, Notre Dame has hit a grand slam this year.
Kelly’s two principals, i.e., best man plays and next man in, SELL to anyone with talent and confidence. When they are added to the obvious skills of the staff in coaching players up . . . Who wouldn’t come?
To answer my own question, “The ones who know they can’t cut it academically.” Fortunately, Kelly isn’t trying to recruit them.
Isn’t that a shame…Nothing certain till singing day i say…:(
It’s official. Just lost tuitt to tech
I second that Patrick all the whiners/naysayers were on that bandwagon before they even gave Kelly a chance.Now their doing an about face…lol..Strnge and it’;s the ones that don’t even know whts’ going on that comment…sheeesh…lol
Another good Ohio grab.
God bless Brian Kelly.
Eight lineman in this class and three can play either side of the ball, so they will be plugged in where needed.
I think getting Savon Huggins would really round out this class quite nicely! Notre Dame definitley has some elite defensive players on board, and who said Kelly couldn’t recruit???!!!
Um, probably about 90% of Notre Dame fans said Kelly couldn’t recruit. They brought up his previous jobs at smaller schools, saying the ND stage was too big. To them I say – go take a flying $*%(#
I think Huggins is leaning toward Rutgers and a few others BUT is there anyone out there who would bet against Brian Kelly and staff?
Tuitt is staying on board. No way he passes up this class to play at Georgia Tech. This is going to be special and he knows it. Give it time and we have the perfect coaches to coach them up. Sit back and enjoy the ride boys. I can’t wait.
Something tells me Chase will be playing OL for the Irish. He has a great frame for it. Either way, he is a great addition to this class.
Errr…. Kelly I meant
If we lose tuitt then so be it. As Kelly once said, “if they’re looking, were looking.” his visit to Georgia tech means he’s looking. It’d be a loss but I agree with kelps philosophy in this
I hope this doesn’t mean we’re losing Tuitt