Quick Hits from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's signing day press conference
Another signing day is in the books.
And, to make Notre Dame's 2018 class official, head coach Brian Kelly met the media on Wednesday to introduce the next round of Irish signees.
Here are the highlights from Kelly's press conference.
-- Kelly said Notre Dame gets "great versatility" in its two new offensive line signees, Luke Jones and Jarrett Patterson. Kelly added that he expects the 2018 offensive linemen to "shape this class."
-- Kelly singled out cornerback signee D.J. Brown's football intelligence. "He's prepared for the academics here at Notre Dame. This is a lot about fit as well," Kelly said.
-- Louisiana native Lawrence Keys gives Notre Dame "an explosive playmaker," Kelly said. Kelly said a big need for ND was "to gain depth at the wide receiver position, and I think we were able to do that."
-- Kelly noted that the program did a national search for its offensive line coach and ultimately Jeff Quinn beat out three others. "When all was said and done, we picked the best candidate for the job," Kelly said. He also called it an "easy decision."
-- As for new defensive backs coach Terry Joseph, Kelly applauded his ability to recruit and land prospects. "You can see coach is going to be a closer for us," Kelly said.
-- Kelly said that Notre Dame would still potentially consider signing a graduate transfer. "I don't think we ever close the door. We're always open for business," he said.
-- Kelly highlighted the quarterback, defensive secondary and wide receiver position as three areas where Notre Dame really addressed needs in the 2018 cycle.
-- Kelly stressed the need to improve its scholarship depth from No. 65-85.
-- Kelly says they use Ronnie Stanley and Steve Elmer as examples in offensive line recruiting. In the same class, one player ended up as a first-round NFL draft pick and the other landed a job working in Washington, D.C.
-- Notre Dame announced cornerback Noah Boykin as its 27th signee during Kelly's press conference. "We love the intangibles about Noah," Kelly said. He added that the program wasn't sold about Boykin's fit at Notre Dame until his admissions interview.
-- Kelly acknowledged that with 27 signees, Notre Dame is currently at 89 scholarships -- four above the 85 limit. "We've got to be at 85 when the school year starts, and we'll be at 85 when the school year starts," Kelly said.
-- Kelly said that tight end Nic Weishar had shoulder surgery this offseason and is recovering nicely.