The Notre Dame Fighting Irish own the No. 9 recruiting class in the nation according to 247Sports with commitments from 22 recruits from 14 different states with four-star recruit and No. 3 inside linebacker Nyles Morgan (Crete, Ill. Crete-Monee) the top ranked recruit for Brian Kelly’s 2014 class.
On eve of national signing day, two big targets from the Golden State have Notre Dame among their finalists in four-star recruits John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif. Long Beach Poly) and Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif. Central East).
Smith will either pick Notre Dame, USC with Oregon a darkhorse candidate. Notre Dame has led at points during the chase for the No. 20 player in the 2014 class, the No. 3 athlete in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in California, but the firing of Lane Kiffin and hiring of Steve Sarkisian has pushed USC to the top where I think he commits.
Quick, will pick either Notre Dame or Oklahoma and it’s gone back and forth for the No. 56 player in the country, the No. 7 athlete in the nation and the No. 7 prospect in California. I think Notre Dame has a greater chance at landing Quick than they do Smith, but he does have former teammates at Oklahoma, but Notre Dame has some special opportunities on and off the field, so that’s my tie-breaker and why I think Quick picks the Irish.
The last big name to monitor on Wednesday is three-star cornerback Terrence Alexander (New Orleans, La. John Curtis) who will decide between Notre Dame, Stanford and Ole Miss. After an official visit blew his mind and building of relationships with Kelly and cornerbacks coach Kerry Crooks I have Notre Dame winning this one in a photo finish.
Landing one of the two California products in addition to Alexander would likely be good enough to keep Notre Dame in the top 10 and although he’s not technically an incoming recruit, adding Everett Golson back to the roster is kind of like adding a five-star junior college recruit, so overall this is shaping up as a nice class.