Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist will provide many memorable moments for Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and his coaching staff. Unfortunately, the combination of the California signal callers provides an uphill challenge as well. Recruiting a talented quarterback this year could not be overstated. With the majority of Notre Dame's targets off the board, what lies ahead for coach Weis and the Irish, if anything, with regards to this year's quarterback recruiting?
Four quarterbacks chose schools over Notre Dame before today, not counting Southern California commitment Matt Barkley, who most feel Notre Dame did not bother offering because of his impending pledge to the Trojans. Now, will Notre Dame go further down the list and make an additional offer to a quarterback recruit, or perhaps more than one more offer? To receive an offer from Notre Dame, a quarterback will likely make headway by doing at least one of the following: 1) going to the Notre Dame summer football camp and earning a scholarship offer with his performance, 2) playing well during the upcoming football season, and 3) making concerted efforts along the way to make it be known to coach Weis that interest in attending the University of Notre Dame was, is, and will continue to be at an optimum level, both on and off the football field. As a proud graduate of Notre Dame, no. 3 will hold water for coach Weis more than many will ever know.
Will Notre Dame land a quarterback recruit this year? My guess is no. Then again, there is a long way to go between now and the first Wednesday in February. If the Irish do not ink a field general this next National Signing Day, one should expect the Irish to be a likely destination for one of the top quarterbacks within the class of 2010. That topic, by the way, should stay fresh within the minds of Domer Sports Report readers, as it will be an article later this summer or early fall, i.e. the best quarterbacks for the class of 2010 will be discussed at length.