The accolades of the stellar recruiting class the Notre Dame Fighting Irish signed last week continue rolling in, now with two coaches being recognized for their efforts.
Tony Alford and Mike Denbrock have been named two of the top 25 recruiters in the country for the class of 2013 by rivals.com. Alabama receivers coach Mike Groh was named the top recruiter of the year.
This is truly a well deserved bit of recognition for both Alford and Denbrock, who certainly played a large role in the Irish’s signing of the #3 ranked class nationally.
Alford, the running backs coach/inside receivers coach who also doubles as the Recruiting Coordinator, hit the state of Florida hard. In all, he signed four players from the Sunshine State, and what a haul it was. Alford is responsible for signing 4-star running back Tarean Folston, 4-star tight end Mike Heuerman, 5-star running back Greg Bryant and 3-star linebacker Michael Deeb. Both Bryant and Deeb hail from national powerhouse American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida.
Denbrock, the outside receivers coach and passing game coordinator, brought in three of the biggest names in the entire class, ranging from the west coast to Philadelphia, PA. An interesting thing to note is that all three of these guys were committed to other schools before settling on the Irish. William Fuller is a 4-star wide receiver from the City of Brotherly Love, who was originally committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions. The other two prospects Denbrock was responsible for signing was 5-stars Max Redfield (safety) and Eddie Vanderdoes (defensive tackle), both from California. It only makes it sweeter for the Irish that both Redfield and Vanderdoes were one time Southern Cal Trojans commits.
These two coaches are not the only ones who are responsible the talented class that was just signed, and are not the only two that could’ve made that top 25 list. Mike Elston, Chuck Martin and Scott Booker also played crucial roles in assembling the class of 2013. In all, kudos to the entire staff. It’s classes like this that keep the top teams at the top.
Rick Stavig is a National Recruiting Columnist for RantSports.com. In addition to covering College Football, he also covers the NFL and NFL Draft. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on google.