Monday, February 1, 2010
Kelly adds to first Irish haul
By Brian Bennett
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has added four commitments since the Irish's final recruiting weekend began, including a versatile athlete today.
Three-star recruit Danny Spond picked Notre Dame over TCU and others. Scouts Inc. rates him as the No. 43 athlete in this class and says the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder could play several positions, including linebacker. He could also play quarterback, as he did in high school in Colorado.
The Irish also landed defensive end Bruce Heggie from Mount Dora, Fla., quarterback Derek Robak from Waverly, Ohio, and quarterback Luke Massa from Cincinnati. Massa had committed to Kelly last summer when Kelly was coaching Cincinnati.
Massa, Robak and Spond add to previously signed Tommy Rees and previous commitment Andrew Hendrix to give Notre Dame five players who can play quarterback in this class. The Irish currently only have one quarterback, sophomore Dayne Crist, on the roster, and he's recovering from a torn ACl.
Kelly has always liked having many quarterbacks on the roster, and his experience at Cincinnati in a injury-riddled 2008 Orange Bowl campaign taught him that you can never have too many.