The first big recruiting weekend of the Brian Kelly has come and gone and the result thus far is three commitments from three relatively new names on the Irish radar – Derek Roback (QB/Athlete), Bruce Heggie (TE/DE), and Luke Massa (QB). It’s still possible, if not likely, that Notre Dame will add more commitments from this weekend’s list of visitors as well.
Massa, a 6-4, 205 lb quarterback, is the most recognizable name among the newest members of the Class of 2010. Massa was recruited by Charlie Weis prior to his dismissal, but the former staff never extended an offer after securing verbal commitments from both Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees. Massa meanwhile had previously committed to Cincinnati while Brian Kelly was still coaching the Bearcats. Kelly recently extending an offer to Massa after Massa’s high school coach called the Irish head coach to see if he was still interested.
Now that is Massa on board, Notre Dame now has three natural quarterbacks in this class with Massa joining Rees and Hendrix.
A fourth potential quarterback will join the trio now that Derek Roback has committed to Notre Dame as well. Roback (6-3, 221 lbs) picked up his Notre Dame offer last week and committed on Sunday after previously being a commitment for Toledo. Roback played primarily quarterback in high school, but he will most likely end up on the defensive side of the ball at Notre Dame. Roback has the size and speed to be able to play linebacker should quarterback not work for him.
The third commitment from the weekend came from Bruce Heggie – a lesser known recruit who held no division 1 offers until Notre Dame offered him on Sunday. Heggie(6-6, 240) had received some attention from smaller programs and non division 1 schools, but was offer-less as of last week. Kelly recruited Heggie while at Cincinnati though and was familiar with him enough to invite him to campus for an official visit this weekend. Heggie played tight end and defensive end in high school and could end up along either the offensive or defensive line at Notre Dame.
There is still a very good chance that Notre Dame adds to its haul from this weekend with Matt James (OL), Danny Spond (LB), Jeremy Ioane (S), Kona Schwenke (DE) also visited this weekend and various reports have suggested that all thoroughly enjoyed their visit. James, a four star offensive tackle and high school teammate of Massa’s, is one of the most important recruits left on the board for Notre Dame and will be announcing his decision on National Signing Day.
Along with the four other visitors from this weekend, Notre Dame remains actively involved with Sentrel Henderson, Christian Jones, JR Ferguson, and Dietrich Riley.
How many spots Notre Dame has left is not exactly clear at this point. The Irish now have 20 commitments in this class and could possibly be able to add anywhere between 5 and 7 more recruits. For the 85 scholarship limit to become a real issue for Notre Dame, some of those big names recruits would have to pick Notre Dame and that would be a wonderful predicament to be in.