What have we learned this recruiting cycle? If you are the top team in the country, prospects are willing to listen to whatever you have to say. This can be said about Torrodney Prevot, an Outside Linebacker from Texas, who plans to visit Notre Dame on January 25, 2013.
At 6’3” 201 lbs, Prevot is likely a “Dog” Linebacker in Notre Dame’s Defensive Scheme. However, Brian Kelly has always stressed the position flexibility. Fans can get an up close look at Prevot in the US Army All-American Bowl on January 5th.
Currently, Prevot is committed to USC. He has been since July 29th. But, that was when the Trojans were a consensus pre-season #1 and were slated to run the table. Matt Barkley had already been anointed the Heisman front runner. But, USC went 7-5 and landed in the Sun Bowl with much controversy. Several Trojan commitments have been rethinking their college choices including Prevot.
Prevot has an excellent array of offers including Texas, LSU and Oregon. Notre Dame offered the Outside Linebacker in March but never were firmly in the mix or Prevot. But, a 12-0 season and a Heisman finalist at Linebacker certainly assists in opening recruiting doors.
Would Prevot want to be the 5th Linebacker to commit in the 2013 class? It all depends on Notre Dame’s recruiting pitch. How can Bob Diaco and the Notre Dame Defense Coaches utilize all the talents of these Linebackers? If Brian Kelly wants to land Prevot, he will have to convince him that there is room for him. Or he will have to show him where else the Irish have him slated to player. Either way, it seems like a tough sell this late in the game.
Notre Dame’s Coaching Staff always works tremendously hard in recruiting. Notre Dame needs to capitalize on their magical season. This is just enough attempt. Will these efforts pay off? We will know on February 6th.