Commentary

Irish need youth at QB

Updated: August 26, 2009, 10:57 AM ET
By Kevin Weidl | Scouts Inc.

Under Charlie Weis, Notre Dame has been fairly successful on the recruiting trail. Here's a look at the major holes the Fighting Irish will have to fill for 2010.

Notre Dame

Defensive end
2008 signing Kapron Lewis-Moore (Weatherford, Texas/Weatherford) has shown promise and is expected to start on the left side. That said, he's the only defensive end signing of note in the school's past two classes, and turnover is on the way. John Ryan, Morrice Richardson and Kallen Wade are all seniors, while Emeka Nwankwo and Ian Williams are juniors. The Irish have secured commitments from a few defensive ends in their 2010 class, the most touted of whom is Chris Martin (Aurora, Colo./Grandview).

Safety
The Fighting Irish did well to sign Zeke Motta (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) in 2009 and Danny McCarthy (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) in 2008. However, 2008 signing Jamoris Slaughter (Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker) is lining up at corner after lining up at safety in high school. In addition, four of the seven safeties listed on the preseason depth chart are seniors, including starter Kyle McCarthy, and one is a junior.

Quarterback
Notre Dame landed one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation when it signed Dayne Crist (Canoga Park, Calif./Notre Dame High School) in 2008. However, the Fighting Irish need an insurance policy and depth. Why? For starters, starter Jimmy Clausen is a junior, as is No. 3 Evan Sharpley. Secondly, Nate Montana, son of NFL great Joe Montana, transferred to Pasadena (Calif.) Community College after walking on at Notre Dame in 2008 so he could get some game experience. While he's expected to return to Notre Dame in the spring of 2010, there is no requirement to do so.

Kevin Weidl is a former college quarterback who has been evaluating prospects for Scouts Inc. since 2008.