Brian Kelly wanted a marquee quarterback for the incoming class of 2014. That was before Everett Golson was suspended for the entire fall semester from the university.
Now with the Irish QB situation remaining up in the air moving forward, Notre Dame definitely needed to lock down a big time QB.
They got that Tuesday as 4-star quarterback DeShone Kizer of Toledo Central Catholic verbally committed to Notre Dame.
Fittingly, Central Catholic's nickname is the Fighting Irish and Kizer says he's excited to keep his "Fighting Irish Tradition" going.
Rivals.com ranks Kizer as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the country.
Kizer chose the Irish over the likes of Alabama and LSU. He just visited Notre Dame this past weekend and clearly loved it.
"What really stood out to me was Coach Kelly as a person was a lot than I expected to be honest," Kizer said Tuesday. "Normally as a coach of a big-time program like Notre Dame he just sits back behind the desk and calls the shots but he was really interacting with my family better than what I ever expected."
Kizer led Toledo Central Catholic to a state championship as a junior, throwing for more than 1600 yards and 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also rushed for 402 yards.
Kizer's commitment to Notre Dame does change his childhood allegiances.
"I never really followed Notre Dame athletics, academics or anything like that growing up," Kizer continued. "To be honest I was a Michigan fan so I was against Notre Dame."
He's all Notre Dame now.