Notre Dame football's QB pursuit: Florida frenzy looms large

Notre Dame football's bid for top QB prospect faces Florida surge amid family ties. Can the Irish hold ground?
Cocoa QB Brady Hart is running through defenders
Cocoa QB Brady Hart is running through defenders / Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY / USA TODAY

The Notre Dame football team might have just hit a bump in the road in regards to landing its top quarterback target for the 2026 class. That bump, as it turns out could be just about the same size as an alligator.

Since the Fighitng Irish offered the Cocoa quarterback Brady Hart, Marcus Freeman and company looked like the odds-on favorite to land him. However, things might have shifted a bit now that Hart started taking visits.

According to On3 recruiting lead Steve Wiltfong, the Florida Gators are making moves. It’s possible they’ve even managed to overcome what was a great deal of excitement from Brady Hart after he got offered by Notre Dame football.

The Irish were always fighting an uphill battle for Hart. After all, he’s one of the best players in Florida and one of the best players in his class. Notre Dame was wining the battle for a while simply because the quarterback loved what the school represents.

He also had a heck of a visit to South Bend this past week. But it’s always dangerous to put too much into the opinion of a recruit just off a trip where the coaches are pitching everything and anything positive to them. Those good feelings are going to last obviously, because Hart is a smart kid, but they’re also going to get pushed to the side a bit by his next visit.

Notre Dame football has hard fight against Florida

The big time prospect is going to get recruited hard by all the Florida schools, but the Gators are moving up both because he really enjoyed the visit there and because there’s all kinds of family connections to the school.

Hart’s parents went to Florida and so did his grandfather. It can be hard to say no to the place where his entire family went. It can also be hard to travel halfway across the country for what you hope is multiple years.

Notre Dame football has its work cut out for it. They’re also working on his teammate, Jayvan Boggs and trying to get him to South Bend as well. It’s going to be quite the race to the finish for both.