Notre Dame football recruiting: Oklahoma not a big ND area
In recruiting, you really don’t see Notre Dame in Oklahoma anymore. I’m already working on 2015 kids and there hasn’t been contact to date from Notre Dame, and there was very little last year.
Notre Dame has had guys in the past from Oklahoma, but it really isn’t happening now. It’s one of the states that, since Notre Dame is a national school, they’ll hit, but it almost always seems like they wait to see if a kid is interested in them before they spend the time to go out there.
Lou Holtz landed Jerry Wisne, who was a national recruit. His brother, Andy, also went to ND. Back then Holtz was a national name and Notre Dame was going great. Jerry Wisne was part of the great class that at one time included Randy Moss.
There always are nine or 10 Oklahoma kids every year worth checking out. The key for Notre Dame is spending one day in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa, and for the most part that’s about it. After that, it’s on to Texas.
My guess is that Oklahoma’s roster each year has, not including walk-ons, four or five Oklahoma kids in each class.
It’s not what you would think it is talent-wise because Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are now football powers. Both of them really have to depend on Texas more than anything. Without Texas, neither one would be considered major schools.
If you look at the rosters of both schools, Texas is what keeps them floating. You think of Oklahoma City and Tulsa as talented areas, but they’re not as much as you think they would be. Even back to when Barry Switzer was at Oklahoma, the program relied heavily on the Texas part of the equation.
But there always are four or five guys that Oklahoma will want every year. It reminds you of Wisconsin. You think of Oklahoma as more of a talent producer, but Wisconsin will also get four to seven guys each year from their own state and the rest have to come from out of state.
You cannot remain a power by just recruiting Oklahoma.
Bob Stoops has always been one of the more consistent recruiters in the country. He’s never dipped. He actually is the guy that took Oklahoma to becoming a national recruiting school. You see them in Florida and California. Before that, they were almost always in Texas and Oklahoma, and mainly Texas. Now, Stoops took them into the national recruiting scene, and it’s worked. You see a lot of their players from all over the country. Obviously, still, the majority is Texas and Oklahoma, but you’ll see them everywhere.
Notre Dame’s committed tight end Nic Weishar and 2015 target Jack Beneventi were two of the players expected in for last weekend’s Michigan State game.
Decommitted running back Elijah Hood, who is now a North Carolina commit, told me on my TV show last week that distance from home and “other things” were the reason he decommitted from Notre Dame.
In terms of this class, quarterback-wise, it looks like they’re done.
At running back they’re still involved with Joe Mixon and Nathan Starks
At wide receiver, Isaiah McKenzie is scheduled to come in for the USC game. He is the kind of guy that can create havoc for a defense. Speedy Noil is the same way.
That’s what Notre Dame has been looking for. Same thing for Michiah Quick, who is coming in for the USC game. I think he could be an All-American at corner or wide receiver.
At offensive line, Damian Mama is expected in for the USC game, and Braden Smith still lists Notre Dame. I’ll see him at the end of October. Both play guard in high school and both are really gifted athletes as well as mean and tough.
At tight end, Dalton Schultz from Utah is the only guy they’re zooming in on.
There are other guys that they’re recruiting, guys like wide receivers Josh Malone and Malachi Dupre, but I don’t hear those guys mention Notre Dame that much.
I can tell that Beneventi is a Notre Dame fan. ND has offered, and I think if they push they could get him.
He’s a 6-foot-6, almost 200-pound kid. He’s a pro-style QB, not a runner. He’d fit in a pro-style offense and I think ND has to make a decision — do they want him or do they want the smaller, elusive guy. But if they want him, they’re going to get him.