If the Notre Dame Irish are looking for a shutdown corner to add to their 2013 recruiting class, they need not look any further than 4-star corner Cole Luke out of Chandler, Arizona.
Luke is the No. 8 corner in the nation according to 247Sports and he's apparently feeling pretty good about Notre Dame, which tops his interest list. The problem is Oklahoma, Texas and USC are right behind it on that list, so Notre Dame is going to have to do something to set itself apart from the other college football powerhouses vying for his attention.
What do the Irish have going for them in this recruiting battle? Look no further than these quotes from Luke himself via Wes Morgan of 247Sports for the answer:
“It feels like a family with [Notre Dame]. Where they are depth chart wise, they have a hurt corner and no signees at the corner spot, that’s always good [for me].”
Other places are just as enticing.
“USC, I know they have two corner commits, but I’m hoping to maybe fit something in there,” Luke said. “Texas, great coaching staff. The corner coach, [Duane] Akina, sends [guys] to the [NFL] — DB University. And Oklahoma, I just like the way I fit over there.”
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the power of the depth chart in college football recruiting.
Far too often, people get caught up in the pitch aspect of things. Will the campus life attract recruits? How will the coaching staff get along with recruits? Will the tradition and values of the school be a selling point?
While those are all worthwhile recruiting tools, I firmly believe—and I'll continue yelling it from the mountaintops—that there are two factors every elite, young football player cares about more than anything else.
1) They want to see the field, and no matter how patient they are, they want to see it sooner rather than later.
2) They just want to win.
Luke obviously feels that he's a shutdown corner (he says so in Morgan's article) and he feels that he can contribute right away. It's also rather obvious that he's well aware of the Irish's depth chart situation, so coach Brian Kelly would be smart to use that in his favor.
Notre Dame only has one 3-star defensive back committed, so it could offer Luke the privilege of being the marquee defensive back for the 2013 class.
It's obviously something he's weighing during the recruiting process, and if you're asking me, it gives the Irish a huge advantage.