The staff of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is in a fight for its life right now. Only days after a full page ad in The Observer was published in which it condemns Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and head football coach Brian Kelly, the football team showed signs of life.
It’s been a week of mud-slinging and departures as some players have begun the transfer process, but it also means that for Notre Dame, the off-season is in full-go and recruiting takes center stage.
I’m not sure if there is a stage big enough to hold Notre Dame’s latest commitment, offensive lineman Aaron Banks.
Yeah, this is big in every sense of the word.
Count me among those that thought this kid was heading elsewhere. I never got the sense that he was willing to head to the midwest, and with all the uncertainty that surrounds the Irish program right now, I thought he may see it as too much of a risk.
Notre Dame is in need of offensive linemen. The numbers at the position group have not been great over the past few years- only signing 5 players. So, as far as a numbers game goes for the position group- this is a fantastic pick-up.
This also takes a lot of pressure off of the Foster Sarell decision. Notre Dame is now tightening up as far as available scholarships are concerned. With a handful of spots open (maybe) Notre Dame would find the room for Sarell if needed.
As much as I have questioned how good Harry Hiestand really is as an offensive line coach, there is no doubting that he can still recruit very well.
The Irish have a big recruiting weekend going on right now, and they could still possibly get a commit or two before Monday. With each commitment, more pressure is applied to the remaining prospects to publicly announce. This commitment from Banks might be the first domino to fall for the final run, and we will have to see how the rest of the roster shakes out with 5th years, Kizer, and other possible transfers.
|Fifth Year Senior
Equanimous St. Brown
* Player eligible for a fifth year.