Brandon Dawkins–QB–Thousand Oaks, CA (Oaks Christian)
At the beginning of the recruiting cycle, Dawkins was not as important as he was now. With the exit of Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame could be left with only two scholarship Quarterbacks in 2014. Andrew Hendrix does have eligibility left but there are no guarantees that he will want to return in a backup capacity. That means Notre Dame needs to land a Quarterback in this class to give them a 3rd Quarterback on the roster in 2014. Why is a 3rd Quarterback so important? Without a 3rd Quarterback, Notre Dame cannot effectively run the scout team to the level it should be. In addition, if someone were to be injured, Notre Dame would be in a dangerous situation.
Right now, the Fighting Irish have all their eggs in one basket with Dawkins. He is the only Quarterback that the Fighting Irish have offered up to this point. Dawkins only has offers from Notre Dame and Utah but other schools have expressed interest. He visited Notre Dame on October 13th. The majority of recruiting services have Dawkins ranked as a 4-star recruit. He threw for 2,844 yards and 33 touchdowns as a Sophomore. Notre Dame probably feels good about the position they are in with Dawkins because they have not offered another Quarterback and we are quickly approaching Spring Practice.