Brian Kelly passed his first major test as the head coach at Notre Dame on Wednesday after securing a 23-player recruiting class for the Irish.
Although the class lacked a big name like five-star stud like Manti Te'o or Michael Floyd, Kelly was only given two months to construct (and keep) a class that would fit his needs.
Sending out offers to his RKGs (Right-Kind-of-Guys), Kelly was able to secure commitments from a number of recruits even after the departure of his predecessor, Charlie Weis.
In addition to getting these necessary recruits, he was also able to reel in three four-star recruits during those two short months. In addition, of the seven available prospects who visited Notre Dame officially last weekend, Kelly inked six of them.
Even though Weis put up great numbers on the recruiting trail, he never seemed to translate those results onto the football field. Kelly will now try take his 14th ranked recruiting class and do what Weis had a difficult time doing-winning football games.
A 14th-ranked class for the Irish may seem mediocre to the nation, but in the eyes of Kelly, it is considered a fortune. In his last three years with the Bearcats, his classes never cracked the Top 50 on any recruiting service.
Imagine the possibilities, Coach Kelly.
Now, let's reveal what hides inside Kelly's first treasure box at Notre Dame: 23 young, talented, Irish football players.