Game in NC should help recruiting
Because Notre Dame has been getting more and more players from the Carolinas, playing at Wake Forest should benefit recruiting.
"A population growth has led to more recruitable Division I football players," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said of the Carolinas. "When I was at Central Michigan, we went into that area. We had some really good success. We had some receivers and DBs. I've just always felt that that has been [a] kind of under-the-radar state or states. It's not that anymore."
The Irish have six players on their current roster from North or South Carolina, including cornerbacks Robert Blanton and Gary Gray and inside linebacker Kendall Moore. Three players from that region have committed to Notre Dame for next season.
"We've just really worked hard at it, and we've obviously got some players from that area that have allowed us to continue to build those relationships," Kelly said. "North Carolina, South Carolina has been an area now that we've had a number of coaches on our staff, it's not just one coach, that are in there recruiting it hard."
Several Notre Dame recruits attended Saturday night's game.
"Certainly, they help, because some of those kids get an opportunity to come see us play first-hand," recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin said of playing games in different parts of the country. "Maybe we get a little more press that week in that area. Maybe some kids who don't know as much about us learn more. It's certainly a benefit."
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