Coach Brian Kelly received his 11th verbal commitment for the 2014 class yesterday from QB DeShone Kizer (Toledo, OH - Central Catholic). He is listed at 6'5"/207 lbs.
Kizer visited the campus on Sunday (6/9) and clearly left impressed-especially from the personal tour from the head coach himself. Kizer chose Notre Dame over LSU and also reported nearly 20 offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He will compete in the Elite 11 finals at the end of the month, being the only automatic finalist from the Columbus, OH event.
Recruiting Service Rankings:
ESPN - 4 star (#6 Dual Threat QB, #4 OH), 83 Grade
Rivals - 4 star (#8 Dual Threat QB, #15 OH), 5.8 Grade
Scout - 4 star (#15 QB), #240 Overall
247Sports - 4 star (#6 Dual Threat QB, #17 OH), 90 Grade
247Sports Composite Score - 4 star (0.9031, #251 Overall (#4 Dual Threat QB, #12 OH)
2014 DeShone Kizer - Toledo Central Catholic - So yr - QB 14 (via ScoutingOhio)
Columbus Elite 11: DeShone Kizer Highlights (via ESPN)
While the QB depth chart for the fall of 2014 still looks a bit murky, it is unlikely that Kizer would step in and play from Day 1. He will most likely redshirt, which will give him the opportunity to bulk up (likely in the 225-230 range), learn the play book and refine his technique. Once the 2015 season rolls around, he should be ready to compete for a spot in the 2 deep.
DeShone is a big, athletic QB with a live arm-certainly someone who doesn't shy away from contact often. From his highlight film, I would describe him as a bit like a Vince Young or Colin Kaepernick (and has very similar frames). He didn't have a lot of designed runs (1 zone read by my count), but was able to move and improvise if his primary or secondary receiver were covered. He also does a nice job of anticipating when receivers will come open and hitting those windows. His footwork probably needs a little refining and his mechanics aren't perfect-but these are things that CBK can help him improve upon.
Overall, he is an excellent college prospect and a great fit for the offense Irish fans started to see last fall.
Welcome to Notre Dame DeShone!