On Monday afternoon, Notre Dame announced that head coach Charlie Weis has been fired.
Weis had 18 players in the recruiting class-of-2010 give him their verbal commitment, and Irish Sports Daily caught up with several of them to get their thoughts on the situation.
Chris Badger, S, Provo, Utah, Timpview High
“Obviously it’s a tough situation and it’s unfortunate. I guess the university wants to move on. It’s a tough situation.
“Obviously coach Weis and coach Hart especially, are big reasons why I chose Notre Dame, but I really love the university. I think now I need to see who the new coach is, and talk with them and make sure they want me. I still really want to go there and I got accepted, just got my acceptance papers (for early enrollment), so I just have to see who the new coach is.”
Andrew Hendrix, QB, Cincinnati, Ohio, Moeller High
“I’m definitely a little disappointed. I was really looking forward to playing under coach Weis with coach (Ron) Powlus being my quarterbacks coach. He was definitely a great offensive coach for me to help me reach my goals and peak potential,.
“That being said with this whole situation, I committed to Notre Dame because of the school and academics and everything, but I’d like to see who they’re going to bring in and what direction they’re going to go with the program.”
Toney Hurd, CB, Missouri City, Texas, Marshall High
“As I’ve said before, I’m going to remain optimistic about the situation. Right now, I’m still committed to Notre Dame, and that’s the school I’ll be attending. When the new coach gets there, I’ll make my evaluation and go from there.”
Bennett Jackson, WR, Hazlet, N.J., Raritan High
“I liked coach Weis. I wasn’t a fan of him getting him fired, but he wasn’t the only reason I committed to Notre Dame. My high school coach tells me a lot of college sports are a business, and if you’re not winning that’s what happens. I kind of expected him to get fired from all the talk of it. It doesn’t effect my decision to go to Notre Dame.”
Tai-ler Jones, WR, Gainesville, Ga., Gainesville High
“It was definitely sad to see him go, and I wish I could’ve got a chance to play for him, but now I’m looking forward to establishing a relationship with the new coach that comes in.”
Christian Lombard, OT, Palatine, Ill., Fremd High
“He had chances, but it’s always sad to see a good guy like that go,” Lombard said. “As of right now, this doesn’t change my decision.”
Chris Martin, DE, Aurora, Colo., Grandview High
“As it stands right now, he’s still committed, and until we actually place a call to the coach, that’s still to be considered," his mother Cheryl Martin explained. "Whoever the new Notre Dame coach is, we’ll give them a chance to talk to us and tell us what he’s all about. Chris just visited Florida and had a great time down there. On the weekend of Dec. 11th, he’ll take an official visit to California. He hopes to make a final decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.”
Tommy Rees, QB, Lake Forest, Ill., Lake Forest High
“Obviously I was very excited about the opportunity to play for coach Weis and all the great things he has done with quarterbacks. However my commitment to Notre Dame is still very strong.”
Cameron Roberson, RB, Newbury Park, Calif., Newbury Park High
“I would’ve like to be coached by him but I’m still 100 percent committed to Notre Dame. I would’ve like to play for him.”
Prince Shembo, OLB, Charlotte, N.C., Ardrey Kell High
“Honestly, I thought he was a good coach. It’s not going to effect my decision, I’m still committed.
“When I was looking around, I saw a lot of talent at Notre Dame. Even though it was a 6-6 record, the offense still put up a lot of points. The defense needed to step up, and it takes time, and I think with our class we were going to get a lot of recruits to help, I think they just needed time.”
Justin Utupo, DE, Lakewood, Calif. Lakewood High
“I was aware that there was going to be a change in head coaches because I talked to coach (Brian) Polian earlier in the week, and he said if there is a change in the next day or so he’d let me know what happened. Right now, it’s still Notre dame for me, but I’m going to develop a backup plan just in case, depending on who the next Notre Dame coach is.
“It’s a bummer. When I was there, I met up with coach Weis and he was a very humble man. He told me he was going to be there, but things happen.”
Alex Welch, TE, Cincinnati, Ohio, Moeller High
“It’s pretty depressing. I wanted coach Weis to stay there, and I really liked all those guys. They gave me a chance to play at Notre Dame and gave me a chance to commit there. Right now, I know I committed to the school and not just the coaches, so I still know it’s the right fit me.”
Lo Wood, CB, Apopka, Fla., Apopka High
“It’s sad to see that he’s gone because to me he’s a good coach and a good man to be around. For me it’s not going to change anything, and I’m going to stay committed to Notre Dame.”
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