The last big-time quarterback recruit for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was Dayne Crist. We all saw how he panned out. The last great quarterback for the Irish was Brady Quinn. Not even Jimmy Clausen can be considered a great quarterback for Notre Dame.
So why can't Notre Dame land a big-time quarterback? Is it because of the revolving door of head coaches or because the system is ever changing almost every year (it seems)? The current recruiting class doesn't have a single quarterback recruit in it either, although that is subject to change before it's all said and done.
Notre Dame finally appears to have a system set in place for a while with head coach Brian Kelly, but that can always change. The season is still very young and there's always that potential for Kelly to be dismissed for another head coach—Charlie Weis wasn't safe, after all.
Last years class brought in one quarterback, Everett Golson, a 6'0'' quarterback from Myrtle Beach. Tommy Rees came out of the 2010 class along with Andrew Hendrix and Luke Massa.
Rees will most likely be the starter the rest of the season and will enter next season as the starter as well, with no real competition standing in his way. Notre Dame has already missed out on Jameis Winston to Florida State and Gunner Kiel to Indiana, so who else will they miss out on?
This isn't the deepest quarterback class either, so if they are going to land a big time recruit, it might just have to wait until next season. All of the top quarterbacks of the 2012 class are already committed, at least all of the quarterbacks in the top 100.
The only way Notre Dame is going to land these top quarterbacks is to start winning. They need to show that a quarterback can have success at Notre Dame and can translate over to the NFL. That's what is most attractive to a high school quarterback prospect, and unfortunately for Notre Dame, they just can't provide that kind of situation right now.