Breaking Down Notre Dame’s Top 15 2015 Recruiting Class

ACC Digital Network host Tom Werme caught up with 247 Sports National Recruiting Director JC Shurburtt to break down Brian Kelly’s 2015 recruiting class. Shurburtt highlights the impact players in the class and who might be a sleeper in the program’s future.

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11 Comments

  1. BJ
    Oregon’s average class ranking for the past 5 years was 15th. They dubbed FSU and played for a NC. Ohio State hasn’t been in the top 5 every year and won a NC. You are going to put your faith in recruiting services. JJ Watt was not a 5 star best defensive player in the NFL. Keep whining about recruiting rankings and the rest of us will worry about the product on the field. Maybe you should buddy up with that recruiting asshat on ESPN.

  2. 8-5 SAYS IT ALL, FIVE YEARS OF OPPORTUNITY, HE CANT INSPIRE THE SCHOOL TO THE VERY BEST RECRUITS, HE CANT SELL HIMSELF TO THE TEAM, THEY QUIT ON HIM AND LOSE GAME AFTER GAME, HE DOESNT REALLY BELIEVE IN ND, HE WANTS TO GO TO THE EAGLES, TO BE A GREAT ND COACH, YOU MUST BE ABOVE REPROACH, HALF PRIEST, HALF COACH, HALF PSYCHOLOGIST, HALF PT BARNUM, HE NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHAT RUDY WAS ALL ABOUT, DEVOTION, DEVOTION, DEVOTION,GOD PROTECT US.

  3. Through player development, BJ. How has Michigan State been in the top 5 of the country the last 2 years? Their classes have not been higher than 25 prior to this year’s class. I dare say that Baylor didn’t have a top 30 class, even after the rise of RGIII. I look at ND, and last year, they were met with a rash of injuries, where they had to play 13 freshmen on defense. Do you realize how uncommon that is? That is a startup program type of ratio. They went on their slide, and then, as they had time to prepare for LSU over an extended period of time, they were able to get a W in the Music City Bowl. That is development. That is a stepping stone to the future. They finally have depth at all positions, have brought in a couple of linemen early, and they are going through drills and spring ball with the rest of the team, and ND will be ready for 2015. Depending on Kelly’s leash length with Golson, there should be no excuses this year. Stanford and USC are the toughest on the schedule, and they will be super tough. Watch the opener against Texas. 4 straight top 10 classes will be on the field for the Longhorns, and the Irish will beat them by no less than 10. Why? Player development. Kelly is a great coach. They have the talent, finally, under Kelly to make a solid push for the NT. If not this year, then definitely next year.

    1. Dan O,

      I completely agree with playing 13 Freshman on defense. Somewhat similar, if you watched the U part 2 30 for 30, Butch Davis talked about how people were calling for his head when his team “under performed” when he was pretty much playing freshman and sophomores, I think they ended up with a 8-5 record. The next year is when his team turned the corner. I expect the same for ND this coming season.

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