Brian Kelly has revealed what he wants from his four freshman quarterbacks as he looked back on his first recruiting class.
Speaking to ESPN Kelly stated he wanted what he called "FBI" -- football intelligence first and foremost, players who could "handle the mental end" of running a spread offense where so much depends on the quarterback's read.
He also said the quarterback had to be able to "protect himself" and that "athletic ability" was obviously key also.
Insiders say that Andrew Hendrix of the new class remains the early favorite to be the No. 2 under center when the season begins, as understudy to Dayne Crist.
Kelly also paid tribute to the entire Notre Dame staff which despite the Charlie Weis hiatus, managed to recruit a class rated at No 14 by ESPN.
"Let's make no mistake about that," Kelly said. "The staff that I have here today went out and went back to basics. We met with every young man. We got into their homes. We met with their coaches. And essentially after we had determined that a great deal of these young men fit those criteria, we went about starting all over again."
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