The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will, once again, take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2021 season.
#21 Lorenzo Styles Jr. WR
Next up for the Fighting Irish is the early enrollee freshman from Pickerington, Ohio, Lorenzo Styles Jr.. The 6’1, 188 lb. WR brings a very unique skillset to the Irish, and was very coveted coming out of high school. He was a top recruit that had offers from plenty of the big boys, including Ohio State, who really wanted him. Styles is the type of playmaker that can hopefully step up and play early in 2021. Enrolling early definitely helps, and all of the reports coming out of the Spring note that he is ready to contribute. This will also help the stigma around Brian Kelly not getting WRs playing time early. With the departure of Jordan Johnson and the unproven depth at WR, Styles will have a great opportunity come this fall. Watch the tape below and tell me this isn’t a guy who should be playing right away.....(assuming he doesn’t suffer from traits and I mean that sort of seriously). He has an uncanny ability to catch the ball at full speed as well as stop and start on a dime. He will be a dynamic playmaker for the Irish, and hopefully we see that in 2021.
He also has a younger brother, Sonny Styles who is a BALLER (5 Star 6’4 Safeties anyone......) Early success could help sway that recruitment in Notre’s Dame favor.
The Restaurant That Fits
Maggiono’s Little Italy
A delicious Family “STYLE” (get it) restaurant. Also, outside of that mediocre pun, he brings a very extensive set of skills to the “table” (I’m back, folks!). He has straight line speed and quickness, while also possessing very solid ball skills. He was also an elite corner, so he brings physicality despite a frame that is still not fully filled out.
Styles should be an immediate contributor in 2021. This was evident in the Spring game as the coaches clearly want to get him the ball. All reports from Spring indicate that he is the real deal, and with a full summer he will develop even further. With the departure of Jordan Johnson and unproven production/health concerns ahead of him, Styles should get every opportunity to see the field. My expectations are that he is a solid rotational player and could finish with around 25-30 offensive touches and a few touchdowns. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him returning kicks and (maybe) punts. Styles was my favorite recruit from this class and someone with an incredibly high ceiling.