According to multiple reports, one of the visionaries behind the "Pot of Gold" recruiting strategy is leaving Notre Dame.
FootballScoop.com 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.
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.