The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a record ten early enrollees this winter from the 2019 recruiting class. One player, however, will still have to wait until fall camp to get his football career rolling for the Irish.
According to Carter Karels with the South Bend Tribune, linebacker Jack Kiser will spend the spring recovering from shoulder surgery that he had on February 7. An MRI revealed a labral tear, and a decision was made to take care of it right away with surgery.
“The labrum is the cup-shaped rim of cartilage that lines and reinforces the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, which is comprised of the glenoid - the shallow shoulder socket - and the head, or ball, of the upper arm bone known as the humerus.”
Kiser is expected to be 100% for fall, but he will obviously lose much of the on-field advantage early enrollment usually gives a player. He was expected to compete with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Shayne Simon at the ROVER position that is now vacant with Asmar Bilal’s move to the BUCK.
Kiser saw his stock skyrocket during his senior year. He started off the 2018 campaign as a very low ranked 3-Star that played in the lowest division of Indiana high school football. He ended the season voted as Indiana’s Mr. Football, a back-to-back state champion, and his recruiting ranking vaulted to the #191 player in the country and 4-Star status according to 247 Sports.
Notre Dame will begin spring football on March 2.