College Football Recruiting: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Will Be Fine, Even Without Kyle Allen

By Rick Stavig
Notre Dame
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When it was found out that starting quarterback Everett Golson wouldn’t be suiting up for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this fall, many fans grew increasingly nervous about the future of the position.

And it’s not too hard to understand why, especially considering that former mega-recruit Gunner Kiel decided to take his talents to the Queen City (Cincinnati). Now that Kyle Allen, one of the top quarterbacks of the 2014 recruiting class (and a major Irish target) spurned coach Brian Kelly in favor of Texas A&M, Irish fans are growing more and more restless.

My advice? Just take it easy. Relax. Look outside and notice that the world continues to spin on its axis. It’s going to be all right!

First of all, remember that it’s the first week of June. National Signing Day 2014 is eight months away. Much can (and will) happen between now and then.

Secondly, Allen wasn’t the only quarterback the Irish were recruiting. Is he a heck of a talent? Yes. But the Irish aren’t recruiting anybody who isn’t a heck of a talent.

That’s the beauty of Notre Dame recruiting. There are still three other quarterbacks who the Irish have already offered that aren’t committed to anyone right now: David Cornwell (Norman, OK), Jacob Park (Goose Creek, SC) and Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, CA). That list will grow as the summer camp circuits take place.

Of those three, Dawkins is the highest on Notre Dame’s list. The 6-foot 3, 205-pound Dawkins is considered a 4-star prospect by ESPN and a high 3-star by I’ve always been a fan of Dawkins.

He comes from a powerhouse prep program (Oaks Christian) that always wins games and pumps out top prospects. He’s a very good athlete that has the capabilities to make plays with his feet as well as his arm. And even though he’s a dual-threat, he’s a pass-first quarterback with a very quick delivery.

Have faith in coach Kelly. He’s a proven commodity when it comes to developing good college quarterbacks, and has proven he can do it with guys that weren’t necessarily 5-stars. Remember, Golson was only a 3-star coming out of Myrtle Beach (SC) only a few years ago, and look at the strides he’s made developmentally since then.

Irish fans need to accept that senior Tommy Rees will be QB1 come August 31 when the Temple Owls visit South Bend. Then, after this fall, Golson is expected to be the guy again with two years of eligibility remaining. And who knows, maybe Malik Zaire, an All-American prep quarterback who just signed with the Irish this year, makes an earlier impact than we all think.

Patience (and trust) are necessary right now for Irish fans.

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