With a total of 12 visitors in South Bend this weekend, Brian Kelly knew he had a good shot at adding a few more to his first Irish recruiting class.
On Sunday, he did just that by closing the recruitment of Derek Roback, Luke Massa, and Bruce Heggie. All three recruits gave Kelly and his staff their verbal commitment before leaving the campus this weekend.
Formerly committed to Kelly at Cincinnati, Massa will follow the head coach to South Bend. Standing at 6'4", Massa has an athletic frame in the mold of Bearcat signal-caller Tony Pike.
Massa will arrive at Notre Dame with some competition—something that doesn't bother him. In fact, he spent most of the weekend with fellow quarterbacks Andrew Hendrix, Roback, and Danny Spond, another quarterback/athlete currently being recruited by Kelly.
Roback (6'3", 220 pounds), a former Toledo recruit, played quarterback for Waverly High School in Ohio this past season. He thew for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air.
However, Roback was offered as an athlete by Kelly's staff. With Massa, Hendrix, and Tommy Rees already committed as quarterbacks in the 2010 class, he will find himself in a versatile role on the offensive side of the ball. The H-back may be the best fit for Roback in Kelly's offense.
The most surprising commitment gained by Notre Dame this weekend was Heggie. Coming out of the depths of Florida, the 6'6" defensive end prospect had no Divison-1 offers before today. After being offered by the Irish, Heggie quickly accepted.
Although much hype has not been connected with Heggie's name, he brings versatility to this football team. Not only can he play on the edge of the defense, but he has the potential to end up as either a tight end or even an offensive tackle.
With National Signing Day just days away, Kelly is hoping to add a few more to complete the Weis-started class. In addition to these three new Irish commitments, it looks as if the Irish have a great chance at adding a few more to the class.
Spond, a linebacker/quarterback Colorado decommitment down to the Irish and TCU, also spent the weekend in South Bend. Alongside Spond, two Hawaiian prospects, Jeremy Ioane (S) and Kona Schewnke (DE) also spent time in South Bend with the team this weekend. All three look to be leaning towards playing their college football under Kelly.
A top priority to close the class, offensive tackle Matt James took his official visit to Notre Dame this weekend also. The four-star prospect is down to the Buckeyes and the Irish. James had plenty of kind words to say about his visit and is preparing to make his decision on National Signing Day.
It will be interesting to see how many the Irish will take as the class already stands at 20 strong. With studs like Seantrel Henderson, Christian Jones, and Ego Ferguson still on the board, seats may be running out in 2010.
Will they take as many as they can this time around or save the scholorahips for Kelly's first full year on the recruiting trail?