A blue-chip prospect was set and ready to join the preseason 2012 favorite.
A Notre Dame recruiting class needed some juice after losing two commits in the past week.
Less than 24 hours later ... Wow.
Notre Dame landed ESPNU's No. 2 quarterback and No. 20 overall prospect, and it might just have its quarterback of the future.
The roller-coaster recruitment that initially had Kiel bound for Bloomington, and then for Baton Rouge, ends with the four-star prospect enrolling in South Bend, about a four-hour drive from his hometown of Columbus, Ind.
And there's more.
The former two are four-star prospects, while Carlisle comes over from rival USC.
Shepard, in particular, should allow fans to relax a little after a recruitment that kept everyone on edge.
The trio won't overshadow the addition of Kiel, who is now one of four quarterbacks battling for one spot. And while Irish fans might discover the true genius of Brian Kelly through this quarterback battle the next couple of years, he has already flexed his muscle with another late-season recruiting coup.