- Brian Kelly just can’t seem to fit in with the current social media era of recruiting.
- Although he deserves credit for always diving in without shame, he continues to go viral for all of the wrong reasons.
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Another week, another viral Brian Kelly recruiting post on social media. The first-year head coach of Louisiana State University has already made waves across the college football world by grinding on a recruit who committed to Alabama, dancing awkwardly with a five-star quarterback and hitting ‘The Griddy’ while hosting a group of prospects on campus.
And now he has done it again.
Dante Moore is a five-star quarterback in the Class of 2023. He stands 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and is the fourth-ranked prospect at his position.
The Michigan-native has been recruited by Notre Dame since 2020 and was offered a scholarship by the Irish in 2021, when Kelly was still the head coach.
Extremely Blessed to Receive an Offer from The University of Notre Dame! ☘️ #POTOFGOLD pic.twitter.com/52ctkUzlBu
— Dante MOORE (@dantemoore05) March 17, 2021
He has visited South Bend multiple times and is considered to be the team’s top target for 2023.
2023 Martin Luther King (Mich.) five-star QB Dante Moore (@dantemoore05) on his Notre Dame visit on Tuesday:
“I had to get back as quick as I could. I loved it there, to be honest. I was just missing out on Carnell (@carnelltate_) being up there. He's my guy!” pic.twitter.com/xx4BJhLKxO
— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) July 28, 2021
Despite his strong lean toward the Irish, Moore has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, Florida State, and Oregon, among others. Also among the others is LSU.
Even though he signed a five-star quarterback in the Class of 2022 and has a four-star, top 100 quarterback in waiting from the Class of 2021, Kelly is hopeful that his previously-established relationship with Moore could bring him to Baton Rouge. He even visited for the Tigers’ Junior Day over the weekend.
While there, Moore took all of the standard recruiting photos. However, one in particular stands out for all of the wrong reasons.
Kelly was awkward, again.
In their lone photo together, Moore is seen crouching with his hands up. Behind him, Kelly is standing straight up with his arms even further out.
There is just something off about the photo. The energy is weird and it’s just one of those pictures that makes you cringe.
One Notre Dame fan even noticed that there is a striking resemblance to the famed ‘Touchdown Jesus’ in South Bend.
Breaking up is hard to do. pic.twitter.com/30BljhQ0RK
— bridget (@bridgetgoirish) March 8, 2022
Another pointed out the difference in Kelly’s look over the last few years.
Two entirely different people I guess pic.twitter.com/ucZUT4PDwh
— Notre Dame Prime (@NotreDame_Prime) March 8, 2022
If Kelly and LSU can successfully flip Moore’s expected commitment to Notre Dame, then the photo was worth it. But it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen, which makes it remarkably uncomfortable.