Report: Recruiting analyst Sandlin leaving Notre Dame

Report: Recruiting analyst Sandlin leaving Notre Dame
January 27, 2014, 4:15 pm
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According to multiple reports, one of the visionaries behind the "Pot of Gold" recruiting strategy is leaving Notre Dame. first reported J.R. Sandlin will take a job as Jacksonville State's tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator after spending 2013 as a recruiting analyst for Notre Dame. Sandlin previously was a tight end coach at an Alabama high school before moving to the college ranks as a recruiting staffer at Alabama and Tennessee. Sandlin played tight end for UCF from 2005-2007 and also served as a recruiting specialist for the Knights from 2008-2009.

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Sandlin helped formulate the "Pot of Gold," which involved sending a massive number of mailings to prospective recruits. Linebacker Nyles Morgan (Crete, Ill.) received one with 477 letters in it, while defensive tackle Matt Elam got a 262-letter one, among others.

With just over a week until signing day, Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class rates as the ninth-best by Rivals and eighth-best by 247 Sports.