Notre Dame received commitments from Danny Mattingly and Jamel James in June and July respectively. Now, both of them appear to be moving away from Notre Dame in the same month.
Mattingly is a 3-star Athlete from Spokane, Washington. He was slated to be an Outside Linebacker for Notre Dame in the fall. However, that does not appear to be the case for Mattingly. Many reports expect Mattingly to decommit from Notre Dame in the near future. Mattingly has publicly maintained his commitment to Notre Dame but has taken visits to Washington and UCLA. This most likely displeased Brian Kelly and his staff.
Jamel James is in a similar situation. James is a 3-star Running Back from Katy, Texas. He committed to Notre Dame without even setting foot on campus. However, James has been unsure about his decision recently. He was originally committed to Arkansas but when Bobby Petrino was fired he began to look elsewhere. The problem is that James has not stopped looking elsewhere.
One of the problems for these two recruits are that they are not front line talent. That is not to say that Notre Dame could not use them. But Notre Dame will be in the mix for some big time players down the stretch in recruiting. They may be welcome to allowing these commitments go so they can make room for five star talent such Greg Bryant.