The regular season games might be over for the Irish, but that doesn’t mean the work doesn’t go for the Notre Dame coaching staff. With National Signing Day just about two months away, the staff is hitting the recruiting trail at a feverish pace to help lock down one of the best classes in the country.
In what has common occurrence with Notre Dame head coaches over recent years, Brian Kelly has stayed back in California to recruit and visit some of the top prospects from the state. According to sources, Kelly along with Mike Denbrock has already visited Irish commit Tee Shepard, who is set to enroll early on campus.
There are also rumors floating around that Kelly visited Arik Armstead on Monday night. A local LA product, Armstead is probably the biggest prize left on the board for the Irish, not only because he is in USC’s backyard, but because he is an elite talent and would make the Notre Dame defensive line one of the scariest units in the entire country.
Kelly and Denbrock aren’t the only Irish coaches who are out on the recruiting trail. Assistant coach Kerry Cooks has already paid a visit to Arizona athlete Davonte Neal. Neal’s name has been floating under the radar, but he will make Notre Dame his first official visit on Dec. 9 for the team’s award show and banquet.
Two running backs have the attention of the Irish staff as well. KeiVarae Russell, whose importance has gone up significantly with both Byron Marshall and Keith Marshall off the board, is expected to be visited soon by Kelly and Denbrock. Will Mahone said on his Twitter account that he will get a visit from his future head coach on Dec. 8.
With the bowl game at least a few weeks at the earliest, look for the Irish coaching staff to continue hitting the recruiting trail hard.