Quarterback recruit awaits decision from Notre Dame

Three-star recruit Justin Worley remains Notre Dame’s top quarterback target for the 2011 class. But if Worley decides to go enroll elsewhere, fellow three-star recruit Phillip Ely of Tampa Plant looks to be the Fighting Irish’s backup plan.

According to IrishSportsDaily.com, Ely was in South Bend on Wednesday to meet with head coach Brian Kelly and his staff and both parties came away impressed.

Ely, who attends the same school that Georgia starting signal-caller Aaron Murray played at during his high school career, is sitting on roughly 30 offers — including LSU, Clemson and Arizona State. The overwhelming sentiment is that he could be a solid major program performer under center.

It will be interesting to see where Worley ends up. There is also speculation that if Worley doesn’t choose the Irish, Kelly could opt to wait on a quarterback until 2012 because he will have three true freshmen in camp this fall as it is. The Irish’s 2010 signing class included quarterbacks Andrew Hendrix, Luke Massa and Tommy Rees. Derek Roback and Danny Spond, who played under center in high school, will audition as outside linebackers in the fall.

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