Kelly on Notre Dame: No knee-jerk decisions among commitments
Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:00 pm
By: Bill Beck
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Notre Dame's fighing Irish logo on Robby Toma while playing against the Navy during their NCAA college football game in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Notre Dame players after the final whistle of their NCAA college football game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks during NCAA college football media day, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Brian Kelly loves the 22 Notre Dame football players who committed to the program for 2013 on Wednesday, Feb. 6, but there’s “work to be done” and there may be more good news coming.
Later tonight, Eddie Vanderdoes, a coveted defensive lineman from Placer, Calif., is expected to announce whether he’ll join the “Irish Mob’’ this fall. Alabama, UCLA and USC are reportedly in the running to land the polished 6-3, 310-pounder.
That aside, Kelly believes the versatility and each player’s dedication to making a well-thought out choice of schools sets this class apart from his first two under the Golden Dome.
The current group of incoming players “took time to make these decisions” and there were no “knee-jerk decisions.”
This incoming class “addressed some of our depth needs across the board,” Kelly said.
While he wouldn’t commit to saying any of the freshmen would make an immediate impact, he said that he thought up to three or four could get early shots to play.
“Some guys are going to really show themselves,’’ Kelly said. “It happens every years. Maybe three or four.”
Kelly said that while some players are “not physically there yet” that freshmen, especially at running back and safety, could be “popped in any one of those positions.”
Greg Bryant of Delray Beach, Fla., who’s been designated by recruiting experts as a 5-star prospect, could take advantage of the graduation of Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood’s early exit from the team to step right in.
“He’s got a great burst which puts him in a position to compete,’’ Kelly said.
And safety Max Redfield, who had originally committed to USC, “is an elite player’’ with “all the athletic ability’’ and a “great skill set.”