One significant shift between the previous staff and the current staff is how quickly they offer prospects. Recruiting is moving faster and faster. For example, Dylan Moses, an 8th grader from Baton Rogue, Louisiana, already has offers from Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska and Texas. Obviously, Moses is an outlier. But, he is indicative of a boarder picture of recruiting.
Notre Dame offered Junior Defensive Tackle Shy Tuttle on Wednesday. The Junior from Lexington, North Carolina has several big time offers already including Clemson and North Carolina.
Tuttle checks in at 6’2″ 285lbs. In 2012, he filled the stat sheet with 83 tackles, 16 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. These statistics demonstrate that he is relentless and aggressive when taking on the ball carrier.
In 2014, the Irish will only have 7 Defensive Linemen after Nix and Tuitt leave for the NFL (again, Tuitt still has eligibility but it is likely that he will declare). The Fighting Irish have commitments from Jay Hayes and Andrew Trumbetti for 2014. This puts the Irish at 9 players. In 2015, Tuttles’ freshman year, the number of players could dip down to 6 players along the front. Notre Dame obviously needs to land big time players in the 2014 class and the 2015 class to have solid depth in the Defensive Line.