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  1. Rees should be on notice. IMO, Kelly should give him another year and reevaluate. I would not have opened up the offense last year for more passing with the WRs they had. In the short term, I absolutely think Kelly should recognize that ND hasn't recruited QBs well outside of Buchner and take the lead on the recruiting trail. QBs like Buchner or better should be the standard every year.
  2. I don't think Rees/Kelly prefer a ball control offense. Would you have a pass first offense with the receivers they are going to send out there this season??? I wouldn't.
  3. I thought I read that ND has been late to recruit QBs the past few years. If that's true, jumping in late puts them behind from the beginning. I would really like to see the staff do better with evaluating their QB prospects earlier and starting the process much sooner. It would be preferable to lock in your QB recruit early as one of your 1st commits so they can be the player recruiters/leaders that they typically are.
  4. I thought I read that ND has been late to recruit QBs the past few years. If that's true, jumping in late puts them behind from the beginning. I would really like to see the staff do better with evaluating their QB prospects earlier and starting the process much sooner. It would be preferable to lock in your QB recruit early as one of your 1st commits so they can be the player recruiters/leaders that they typically are.
  5. Time For Irish To Look Beyond 'The Notre Dame Guy'? Marcus Freeman Says Yes (rivals.com) Freeman is bringing a fresh approach to ND's recruiting and it's fantastic. He just seems to "get it!" There's more to being a HC than recruiting but more and more, I want Freeman to be the next ND HC whenever that time comes. Worst case and Kelly wants to stay on board longer than Freeman wants to wait, if I'm Swarbrick I tell him that you are the next HC when Kelly retires. I'm hoping that OSU is the only HC job he would take over ND in the future.
  6. I don't know anything about him but it seems as though their is more forward thinking when it comes to the staff. I like that they are at least trying to make improvements.
  7. Great addition! I am guessing if ND gets Nwankpa, Moore will be a CB. If not a safety. It would be nice to have a 6'3" CB!
  8. The plays work much better with good players. The coaches recruit the players......
  9. I wouldn't say the offensive side is striking out but I would say they are behind the defensive side. I would guess it might be as simple as saying the 2 best recruiters are Elston and Freeman and they recruit for the D. If I were Kelly, I would simply tell the offensive coaches you must do better. Having/keeping the players is as or more important than coaching them. The WRs that ND is going to put on the field this season simply aren't NC level. QB recruiting is Ok but again, not NC level. Coach Kelly, you are very close to getting there! Push the coaches harder.
  10. Listened to an ND recruiting podcast today and heard that ND gained some ground with Rice. Apparently he really connected with Blake Fisher. Also heard that Singleton and Scrauth are really on the fence between ND and the in-state schools.
  11. Not a shot at Craig but I think the staff realized it wasn't looking good for the Wisc OL guys.
  12. Very happy with how recruiting is going. However, the offensive side needs to step it up especially with the skill players. Possibly CB too if I were to nitpick. A national championship level roster is not out of reach. I hope the offensive staff pulls out all stops to get there.
  13. My answer is to stop taking high floor, low ceiling WR recruits.
  14. I admit that I don't know what's going on behind the scenes with the WRs/coaches but it sure seems like a change with D. Alexander might be needed. Something among talent identification, talent development and/or relationship building is lacking. Problems with this position group are too frequent.
  15. Every team needs at least one speedster WR to keep the safetys honest. On a side note, which of Rivals or 247 has the most reliable recruit commitment predictions? They seem to be very different in their projections.
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