Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (1) , quarterback Tommy Rees (11) and quarterback Gunner Kiel (5) warm up before the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Kiel and Golson traded numbers for the game so Kiel could wear number five in honor of his uncle and former quarterback Blair Kiel who died April 8, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

A Look at the 2014 Offers: Quarterback

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) throws in the pocket against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama won 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Notre Dame Football Recruiting cycle is just getting under way. Notre Dame only has one offer currently to 2014 Quarterbacks. It is to Brandon Dawkins, a 4-star Dual Threat Quarterback from California. Dawkins hails from the same High School as former Notre Dame Quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Even though they are from the same High School, Oaks Christian, they are completely different players.

Jimmy Clausen was a prototypical gunslinger and perfectly suited to run Charlie Weis’ Offense. Dawkins is a dual threat Quarterback. But, like Golson and Zaire, it is clear that the staff really looks for Quarterbacks who are pass first. Dawkins keeps his eyes down the field to make plays with his arm. Most of his running plays are by design. As a runner, he is not a “make-you-miss” type of player. He wants to run through defenders more than he wants to run around them.

Dawkins checkins in at 6’3″ 206lbs. He is rated as the 134th best player in the Rivals.com Top 250. He holds offers from Notre Dame and Utah. It is important to note that Notre Dame has only offered Dawkins at this point. This means the staff is very high on the California thrower.

Many fans are probably wondering why Notre Dame is pursuing a Quarterback again. Following this season, Notre Dame will only have three Quarterbacks remaining: Golson, Kiel and Zaire. With Kiel’s future slightly clouded as well, it is critical that Notre Dame lands a Quarterback in this cycle.

Because of Notre Dame’s history with the school and Notre Dame’s seemingly exclusive relationship with Dawkins, it seems like the Irish have a great shot at landing him. USC, Oregon State and Utah look like the main competition for Dawkins at this point. But, SEC schools such as Alabama and LSU could jump into the battle with an offer.

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