Notre Dame Recruiting: Five-Star Sheldon Day Commits to Irish, Brian Kelly

Dan ScofieldAnalyst IAugust 4, 2011

The Irish added a stud and versatile defensive line prospect in Day.
The Irish added a stud and versatile defensive line prospect in Day.

It was a good night for Day.

Making himself the 13th commitment in Brian Kelly's 2012 recruiting class, 5-star defensive tackle Sheldon Day has given his verbal pledge to Notre Dame. 

Day, a 6'2'' hybrid defensive lineman, is ranked as the seventh-overall defensive tackle prospect in his class while also being recognized with a 5-star ranking.

The Indianaopolis product picked the Irish over many other elite programs. Day was also offered by Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

With the class inching towards a close even before the first snap of the season, Kelly is now able to begin to pick and choose which recruits he will add from here on out. Day was the first of those choices, as the Irish landed an impact lineman coming in the mold of former Irish great Ian Williams.

The Irish, hard after Tommy Schutt and Jarron Jones at this point, now have two defensive lineman committed in this class. With last year's elite haul (think Stephon Tuitt, Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams), look for Notre Dame to add one more big name at the position before shutting things down for good. However, if both Schutt and Jones are looking to come to South Bend, although unlikely, there is no question Kelly would offer them spots in the class.

Day is a product of Warren Central High School. Most recently, his stock has skyrocketed after strong performances at both The Opening and Ohio State's summer camp. His stand-out performance at The Opening earned him the title of top defensive lineman for the weekend.

His versatility is something that adds to the glisten of his star-power in the eyes of scouts. Look for Day to play off the edge in Notre Dame's 3-4 defense with the possibility of sliding in the middle when needed.

Although he won't blow you away with his frame, his work ethic is something almost every coach in the country was after. In this way, Day will remind you of Williams--now a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

Getting his commitment out of the way before his senior season begins was very important to the newest member of the 2012 class. His coach last night, in an interview with Irish Sports Daily, made it clear that players within his program are fully committed once they give their pledge to a school.