This is the second of a 17 part series on the 2012 recruit class, the second under head coach Brian Kelly. We will look at each recruit, their strengths, weaknesses, and how soon we should see an impact on the field.
This week we will focus on DL Sheldon Day
Weight: 286 pounds.
High School: Warren Central, Indianapolis.
40-Yard Dash: The last time I ran it for real, it was a 4.95
Bench Press (Max): 325 pounds.
Senior Stats: Had 67 tackles, including nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Other Finalists: Michigan, Auburn, LSU and a couple of Big Ten schools.
One Word To Describe Coach Kelly: Exciting.
The Moment I Knew I Wanted To Be Irish: When I visited.
The Lasting Impression Notre Dame's 2011 Season Had On Me: Defense played great.
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Second- team selection on SI.com High School All-America team . . . ranked the sixth-best defensive tackle in the country and 50th-best player in his class by Scout.com . . . rated 81st nationally on 247Sports list of top prospects . . . considered 10th-best defensive tackle in the nation and second- best player in Indiana by 247Sports . . . rated number-143 player nationally on 2012 ESPNU 150 list . . . listed as second-best player in Indiana, 12th-best prospect in the Midwest and 14th-best defensive tackle in his class by ESPNU . . . rated number-121 player nationally and eighth-best defensive tackle in his class by MaxPreps and Tom Lemming . . . listed 244th nationally on Rivals.com Rivals250 . . . ranked third-best player in Indiana and 18th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com . . . rated 24th-best defensive lineman nationally and 12th-best player in Midwest by SuperPrep . . . named Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year for 2011 . . . runner-up for 2011 Indiana Mr. Football award as chosen by Indiana Football Coaches Association . . . one of eight defensive linemen on IFCA Top 50 all-state squad in both 2011 and 2010 . . . first-team defensive lineman on Associated Press Indiana Class 5A all-state squad for 2011 . . . starter on defensive line for Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . made 55 tackles, 12 for loss, nine sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries as senior in 2011 . . . named Marion County Coaches' Player of the Year at Indianapolis Kiwanis Club's 55th Annual High School Awards program for 2011 . . . first-team defensive lineman on all-Marion County team . . . helped Warren Central to 11-1 record and number-one ranking in 2011, with only loss in sectional final to eventual Indiana 5A champion Carmel . . . played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix . . . honorable mention AP all-state pick as junior in 2010 . . . coached by John Hart at Warren Central High School . . . born July 1, 1994 . . . enrolled at Notre Dame for 2012 spring semester.
Brian Kelly on Sheldon Day.
"The thing we love about him is not only his personality and who he is, but incredible motor, a great work ethic, he is already here and we have gotten comments back from our strength and conditioning staff and Coach Longo about his work volume and his work ethic and enthusiasm for what he is doing. He's a dynamic player, one of the best defensive linemen in the country, and he will immediately, like all of our freshmen, be expected to come in and complete right away."