Wednesday turned out to be a pretty good day for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. After reinstating his best player in Michael Floyd for this season, Kelly received some very good news in the afternoon when Indianapolis Warren Central defensive tackle Sheldon Day made his commitment to the Fighting Irish. Day becomes the 13th overall commit for 2012, and one of the highest rated recruits to join the fold as well.
Day had been a high priority for Kelly and the Irish, but Warren Central had been a tough place to pull talent from in recent years. Day had Notre Dame on his radar early and often and took three visits to campus to get a feel for the school. Speculation had him high on ND, but with plenty of other high profile schools in the mix, nothing was guaranteed. Until today, or at least as guaranteed as a verbal pledge can be before he can sign his letter of intent next February.
Day’s a huge pickup for the Irish. At 6’2″, 286 pounds, he’s got the size to fill the middle of the defensive line in ND’s 3-4 scheme. Tackle was high on the list for this cycle and Day’s commitment ranks up there as one of the biggest so far.
Scout.com lists Day as a five-star recruit and the seventh best defensive tackle in the nation. Rivals ranks him a four-star prospect and the 22nd best tackle in the country. He had his choice of schools selecting Notre Dame over offers from Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin among many others.