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Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly Says, "I Think He's The Best Quarterback In The Country"

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Brian Kelly seemed pleased with the 20 man class that was just signed.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish signed 20 new players to the football team on the first day of the early signing period. It's one of the better classes in the country, and after yesterday's signings, it come in as the #8 class according to 247 Sports.

Brian Kelly held his press conference and answered the media's questions. When talking about Phil Jurkovec, Brian was glowing with pride. In fact, when asked about underrated players in the class, Jurkovec was the name Kelly put forth:

I know everybody knows about him but Phil Jurkovec, for example, right? He didn't get into a lot of national competition. I think he's the best quarterback in the country. He's somebody that, you know, I could put up against any quarterback that I've ever seen, you know. That's one.

Brian Kelly talked a little more about Jurkovec later on when he was asked about the incoming freshman possibly starting next season - or at least challenging Brandon Wimbush:

I want him to challenge. I want Brandon to feel competition, and I'm sure Brandon wants to be challenged. Any great competitor wants that feeling that somebody is pushing him every day and not that Ian Book doesn't, but let's bring in another really good quarterback, a great quarterback. That's our job here at Notre Dame. I'm not doing a good enough job if I don't bring in a great quarterback to challenge the incumbent quarterback. If that threatens Brandon, then he's not the guy I think he is. I'm pretty certain he's going to be excited about Phil being here and the competition.

You can watch the entire press conference below.