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ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Notre Dame four-star 2018 WR Micah Jones possesses "impressive fluidity for his size."

Jones measures out at a strong 6-foot-5, 196 pounds. "Difficult high-point, contested catches in traffic are made with consistency with the ability to take and play through contact," Hamilton writes. While Jones lacks an elite top-end speed component, the analyst refers to him as a "true red zone mismatch." Over at Rivals, Jones lands on their 2018 master list at No. 158 overall.
Feb 24 - 8:30 PM

247Sports' Evan Sharpley notes that Notre Dame freshman T Josh Lugg "demonstrates ample athleticism to play multiple positions on the line of scrimmage."

Sharpley observed a noticeable improvement from Lugg in his senior season at North Allegheny Sr. High (Pennsylvania), writing that the 6-foot-7, 293-pounder "[p]layed with extreme confidence" this past season. The analyst would like to see Lugg improve on his pad level and first step now that he is transitioning over to collegiate play. As he played in a run-heavy offense in high school, he still has work to do in improving his pass protection. Lugg's frame is ideal for packing on a bit more playing weight without losing any of his athleticism.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 23 - 4:35 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 ATH Braden Lenzy.

Lenzy visited Notre Dame on February 11, a visit which helped seal the deal for his pledge. "When I was there, I felt so welcomed and it was just so easy to see myself there," said the 6-foot, 165-pounder. While he plays two-way ball at Tigard High (Oregon), he will likely open under HC Brian Kelly as a wide receiver. Lenzy ranks as Rivals' No. 238 overall prospect for the 2018 class. Notre Dame has been on a roll this month, having netted commitments from five players since February 13. Of their 11 current pledges, a hearty seven land on the Rivals250.
Feb 23 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that "[v]ersatility is the name of the game for [Notre Dame four-star 2018 verbal S commit Derrik] Allen."

"At corner, Allen flashes the ability to quickly read routes, explosive movement in transition and the burst to close and separate receivers from the ball," Hamilton explains. Should HC Brian Kelly utilize him as a safety, the analyst notes that "add[ing] strength and becoming a striker in the run game are areas to make gains." Hamilton believes that Notre Dame has a 95% chance of hanging onto Allen's pledge. He views Clemson as a (very) dark horse, here.
Feb 19 - 3:27 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Micah Jones.

"They talked about me being that ‘W’ position, or outside receiver, where Equanimeous [St. Brown] plays right now. They want to use my length over the middle, in the red zone and (catching) fades," said Jones in explaining his football fit with the Irish. At 6-foot-5, 196 pounds, he could, indeed, prove to be a lethal target in the red zone. Rivals ranks him as the No. 158 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Illinois.
Source: Rivals
Feb 18 - 12:38 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer to Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer.

Bucky Brooks, Jeremiah's partner in crime on the Move the Sticks podcast, doesn't think his co-host is far off here. Said Brooks, "I like that comparison. I believe he is that guy. I believe he is a flamethrower from the pocket. I believe, in a classic system, he could push it down the field. If you put him in Bruce Arians' system, he could do all of those things." Earlier this week, NFL Media's Mike Mayock anointed the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Kizer as his No. 1 quarterback prospect in the current draft class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 6:52 PM

In his most recent mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. does not have Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer being drafted in the first round.

Two quarterbacks do go off the first-round board in Kiper's projection. It's just that neither of them is Kizer, whom NFL Network's Mike Mayock listed as the top gunslinger in the draft earlier this week. The longtime ESPN draft guru slots North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky to the 49ers at No. 2 and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to the Bills at No. 10. For a different angle, in his second mock draft of 2017, Rotoworld's Josh Norris tabbed all three of Trubisky, Watson and Kizer to be drafted within the first 15 picks.
Feb 16 - 4:26 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is surprised that former Notre Dame S Max Redfield wasn't invited to the NFL Combine.

Per Pauline, NFL scouts stamped Redfield as a potential first-round pick entering this past season. Things went downhill from there, as Notre Dame dismissed Redfield in late August following an arrest on marijuana and gun charges.
Feb 16 - 3:19 PM

NFL Network's Charlie Casserly believes that New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is better than any quarterback in the 2017 draft class.

"You look at [Garoppolo] coming out, the guy had a quick release, he's smart, he knows where to go with the ball. The guy is accurate, and he can make some plays on the move," Casserly said. In a recent mock draft, the former Texans general manager got creative and projected a trade of Garoppolo to the Browns for the No. 12 pick. This could well happen, though whether Garoppolo is actually worth a first-round pick is not a cut/dried issue. He has just two full career starts under his belt. Those came against average-at-best squads in the Cardinals and Dolphins while Tom Brady was sitting out on a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 9:47 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said, "We don't think there can be a better tandem at the tight end position [than freshman TE Brock Wright and freshman TE Cole Kmet]."

Wright lands at No. 29 in the ESPN 300 -- making him Notre Dame's highest-ranking 2017 signee -- but Kmet is an intriguing tight end prospect in his own right. The Worldwide Leader slotted the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder into their 2017 master list at No. 122. Scout.com notes that Kmet has shown noticeable improvement in his blocking over the past two seasons.
Feb 14 - 8:10 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Kalon Gervin.

Back in November, Gervin released a top four consisting of Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and West Virginia. Surprise, surprise, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder has spurned that quartet to join HC Brian Kelly's crew. ESPN's Gerry Hamilton notes that Gervin's "quick reactions and ability to fluidly move in transition place himself in a ideal position to make plays on the ball, and he flashes a closing burst to attack the ball in the air." Hamilton's outlet ranks the corner as their No. 201 prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Feb 14 - 5:38 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 S Derrick Allen.

Allen specifically pointed to Notre Dame's hiring of Mike Elko as defensive coordinator as one reason he ultimately committed to the program. Said the 6-foot, 175-pounder, "He always has my best interest in mind and that made an impact when he told me how they want to use me. He said you're a defensive back and nothing else and that helped push them over the edge." Rivals ranks the Marietta, Georgia, native as the No. 36 prospect in the 2018 cycle. Six of Notre Dame's eight current pledges are of the four-star variety.
Source: Rivals
Feb 14 - 4:46 PM

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock ranks Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer as the NFL Draft's top quarterback prospect.

Kizer got the nod over the following, in order, in Mayock's initial positional rankings: Clemson's Deshaun Watson, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes and Cal's Davis Webb. Kizer (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) completed 212-of-361 passes for 2,925 yards and a 26/9 TD/INT rate last year.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 1:11 PM

Michigan graduate WR Freddy Canteen transferred to Notre Dame.

Canteen will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately in 2017 as a graduate transfer. That is, if Canteen is healthy enough to play. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder missed the 2016 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. In his two healthy seasons with the Wolverines, he caught a combined six passes for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Feb 12 - 1:34 PM

Notre Dame signed three-star 2017 WR Jafar Armstrong.

Nice work by HC Brian Kelly and company, as the Irish managed to pry Armstrong away from a Missouri commitment which had stood since June. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder holds the Kansas state record for high school receiving touchdowns with 45. He ranks as Rivals' No. 77 wide receiver in the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Feb 1 - 5:22 PM


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