Commentary

Irish face recruiting hurdles

No guarantees new staff can save 2010 class or overcome familiar obstacles

Updated: November 30, 2009, 7:09 PM ET
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.
With the news that Charlie Weis is out at Notre Dame, the biggest story to watch (outside of who will be named the next coach) is how this affects the 2010 recruiting class.

Right now, the Irish have 18 commits, including six four-star players and four who are in the ESPNU 150. With players like WR Tai-ler Jones, CB Toney Hurd Jr. and DE Chris Martin, they are on the verge of having a top-15 class, but there are no guarantees this class will finish there.

Notre Dame quickly put Rob Ianello, the assistant head coach as well as recruiting coordinator, in charge of football operations until a new coach is hired, and this looks like a move designed to help recruiting. The administration obviously feels he gives the Irish the best chance to retain as many players as possible. Ianello already had his hand in everything from the recruiting philosophy to the execution of the plan to contact with various players regardless of positions to contact with coaches and high school programs across the country. He has a successful background in recruiting and has been a very prominent fixture in all aspects of recruiting for Notre Dame.