Thanks to one of the best recruiting weekends in decades for the Irish, Brian Kelly is well on his way to a top-ten recruiting class. Grabbing four commitments in a matter of 48 hours, Kelly has more than made his mark so far during his short time on the recruiting trail representing the blue and gold.
The current class consists of 16 very solid verbals. From the get go, the desired number for this class was in the range of 18 to 21 players. With the news of Spencer Boyd’s transfer to South Florida and Chris Badger taking his two year Mormon mission, there might be some wiggle room for now. It appears as if Kelly will have room to take on three to five more commitments to add to this already solid class. From various quotes and reports, this class seems extremely well-bonded together, something that is vital in order to minimize the amount of late recommitments that can ruin a class altogether.
This is huge for the Irish, as the last stretch of the recruiting cycle has been their weak point, save a signing day commitment from all-world Hawaiian, Manti Te’o.
From here on out, expect Kelly and his staff to be extremely selective. Last time around, the Weis/Kelly recruiting year didn’t have such a luxury as they received their 16th verbal in December, only two months before signing day. With the selective approach will come a few more blue-chip players, and ideally, difference makers on both sides of the football.