Notre Dame hits inboxes, mailboxes of 2017 recruits


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

When the calendar hit Sept. 1, a whole new wave of recruiting engulfed the 2017 class.

It's the first day the NCAA allowed college coaching staffs to send recruiting materials directly to prospective student-athletes who are juniors in high school. As soon as the clock hit 12:01 a.m. late Monday night, the barrage began.

Notre Dame sent recruiting information to dozens of top targets and prospects in the 2017 class. One message the Irish want to convey is the "4 for 40" concept.

"At Notre Dame we say that the college you choose is more than a 4 year decision it is a 40 year investment into your life," read one of the Notre Dame graphics sent to recruits on Twitter. "The 4 for 40 graphic series will be sent to you twice a week to show you why Notre Dame is the best place for you, both on and off the field."

Irish recruiting coordinator Mike Elston recently spoke to ND Insider about the planning that goes into recruiting materials at Notre Dame in this premium story.

The Notre Dame staff also sent 129 pieces of mail to some of the top recruits in the 2017 class. The 2017 Irish squad with be the 129th in Notre Dame history.

"At Notre Dame we know that 'Culture Beats Scheme,'" reads the mail message. "In 2014 our 127th team will add to the rich tradition of Notre Dame. The winning culture will continue to the 2017 recruiting class. Your legacy starts today with 129 pieces of mail."

The Irish staff has been using the hashtag #IRISHEL17E for the 2017 recruiting class.

It's never to early to begin building the 129th team in Notre Dame history! Check your mailboxes!

— Mike Elston (@CoachMikeElston) September 2, 2015

A look at one graphic #NotreDame sent on first day for recruiting materials with 2017 recruits (via @David_Adams1335)

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) September 1, 2015

Sept 1st must be around the corner. Note cards. Search for the Elite for

— Dave Peloquin (@dpeloqu1) August 28, 2015

Big things happening for our #IRISHEL17E this week! September is here!!

— Aaryn Kearney (@aarynkearney) September 2, 2015

129 pieces of mail... just a normal day at the post office

— corey malone-hatcher (@CMH2017) September 2, 2015

Notre dame 129 pieces of mail...

— Ambry Thomas 1⃣3⃣ (@Tavonn_) September 2, 2015

Mike Elston, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, during Notre Dame football media day on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at Notre Dame in South Bend. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)