But not everyone is aware that the Irish are just as hot on the recruiting trail as they are on the field.
The Irish are assembling a fantastic class, one that surely will be ranked in the top ten, maybe even the top five. The offensive line prospects that ND has committed right now are as talented and as deep as you can get in a single class.
The class, in a nutshell, is very, very good. What’s scary though, for the many Irish haters out there, is that they aren’t even close to being finished. The hotter they stay on the field only makes recruiting off the field that much easier. More talented players will be committing to Notre Dame before and during signing day.
And now the Irish have just landed one of the top cornerbacks in the country in Cole Luke.
Luke, from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, has indicated that he’s known for some time that he favored the Irish, but wanted to absolutely sure before committing.
Many people have thought that Luke has favored Texas. Well, the Longhorns haven’t exactly helped themselves with their play this season. Others have thought Luke would go to Oklahoma. After witnessing the Sooners get hammered by the Irish, there was no doubt in his mind.
Ironically, Luke says he didn’t get any pressure from his current head coach, Steve Belles, who played for the Irish in the late 80’s.
Luke, 6’0’’ 165lbs, will be a good fit in Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco’s secondary. Luke is very good in man to man coverage, which is a must for Notre Dame cornerbacks. Considering how much the Irish like to blitz and use various stunts, cornerbacks in that defense must be able to be left on an island, without any help.
Many thought that the Irish secondary would be a weakness this year, considering the youth as well the injuries, but they have played very well. Obviously having one of the best front seven’s in the country helps the secondary. The amount of pressure the Irish generate force opposing quarterbacks into mistakes and hurried decisions.
So the Irish keep on rolling. Both on the field and off it. Just imagine how well Notre Dame will be able to recruit if they somehow take down Alabama on January 7th. Now that’s scary.