Late last night news broke that Notre Dame has added its 13th member of the 2012 recruiting class.
Indianapolis (Warren Central) defensive tackle Sheldon Day has verballed to the Irish and becomes the team's first member of the defensive line after last year's magnificent haul.
More breakdown after the jump.
There's obviously a lot to like about Day, and he immediately becomes one of the top 2 or 3 members of the 2012 class if you go by the recruiting services.
Sheldon is a solid 4-star prospect across the board, except for Scout, who has him as a 5-star.
Rivals likes him the least, having him as only the 22nd best defensive tackle in the country, but ESPN has him as a top 150 recruit (No. 144) with a grade of 80 (t-2nd among 2012 members Greenberry & Shepard), while 247sports has Day as the 80th best in the country, and a grade of 95 (2nd best for Notre Dame).
Due to his terrific showing in summer camps this year, it is expected that Day will get a significant boost in some of these ratings as well.
At 6'2" and 280+ pounds, Day has great size and is another example of Kelly and the coaching staff beefing up the defensive line.
The best part is that Day moves extremely well for his size. You'll hear a lot of scouts and people who watch him play say that he has a great motor, and this is one of those instances where it is absolutely true.
A lot of people are wondering which position he will play at Notre Dame. The truth is that might depend on how he grows, whomever else is recruited this year, and how other players on the roster develop.
Since the Irish brought in a lot of defensive end-type athletes last year, and Day is already a relatively jumbo-sized 280 pounds, it seems prudent that he would fill the need for a nose tackle in this cycle.
However, Day absolutely explodes off the ball for someone his size and gets off the blocks like someone 50 or 60 pounds lighter. With that kind of first step, size, and agility he might be a perfect strong side defensive end in Diaco's 3-4 system.
The good thing is he'll bring a lot of flexibility no matter where he ultimately gets listed on the depth chart. Even better, he's likely to be one of the gems of the 2012 Irish class.
Welcome aboard Sheldon.