College football recruiting is a fluid situation that changes with transfers, commitments and shifts in football philosophy. When Notre Dame entered the 2014 recruiting class, they looked at another Quarterback as a luxury as opposed to a need. With the transfer of Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame will now need to take a Quarterback in the 2014 class. If they fail to land a Quarterback, it could be devastating to the Irish offense in 2014.
Why would it be devastating? Notre Dame will have 3 scholarship Quarterbacks in 2014 if Andrew Hendrix decides to return for his 5th year. However, many signs point to Hendrix moving on for medical school. This could mean that Notre Dame would only have 2 scholarship Quarterbacks on the team. To be realistic, two Quarterbacks will probably not be injured in one season and Everett Golson should be further entrenched as the Notre Dame starter. But, a team needs more than two Quarterbacks to operate week to week. The best situation would have a four Quarterbacks, three working with the current Offense and game plan and another working with the scout team.
Undoubtedly, this is why Notre Dame is pushing the issue at Quarterback during the evaluation period. Yesterday, they offered Top Quarterback prospect Kyle Allen. Allen is from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. 247Sports has Allen ranked as the 50th best player and 5th best Quarterback in the country. It is interesting to note that Notre Dame has offered another Pro-Style Quarterback. The Irish also recently offered Benet Academy Quarterback Jack Beneventi who also is a Pro-Style Quarterback. The Irish prior to these offers had been trending towards offering Dual Threat Quarterbacks.
Are the Irish coming to the party too late? UCLA and Arizona State appear to be battling for the Blue Chip Quarterback. The Crystal Ball feature on 247Sports has Allen headed to UCLA by a 75% to 25% vote. Notre Dame obviously bring a lot of notoriety after its 12-0 regular season but relationships are god in college recruiting. Can the Irish build them quick enough to catch hold with Allen?