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QB DeShone Kizer commits to Notre Dame

Jun 11, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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Notre Dame received the commitment of Toledo quarterback DeShone Kizer Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound quarterback had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Penn State, and Tennessee among others.

“I am privileged to say that I will be continuing my Fighting Irish tradition by playing football at the University of Notre Dame!” Kizer Tweeted this afternoon.

Kizer’s decision adds some certainty to a quarterback depth chart that’s been in flux since we last saw the Irish play. Heading into spring football with five scholarship quarterbacks, the position didn’t look to be a huge priority. But with Gunner Kiel transferring to Cincinnati and Everett Golson’s future uncertain, adding a building block like Kizer helps solidify the position and adds another intriguing athlete to the stable.

Kizer is a three-sport athlete at Central Catholic, the clean-up hitter for the baseball team and a starter on the basketball team. He was entertaining a visit down to LSU until his trip to South Bend last weekend, which effectively ended his recruitment.

He spoke with his hometown Toledo Blade about his decision to commit to the Irish.

“I was thinking of going to LSU this Friday,” Kizer told the Toledo Blade, “but after going to Notre Dame we figured that a trip to LSU would be nothing but pointless time, because we all looked at each other after that visit and said that there’s no better place in the nation that we could possibly be.”

Kizer’s star nationally seems to be on the rise. While an offer from Urban Meyer and Ohio State was contingent on a summer workout, Kizer was one of the top performers in the Columbus Elite 11 camp, earning a trip to the Elite 11 finals, and he’ll be on his way to The Opening as well. On the actual gridiron, he led his Central Catholic team to a 14-1 record, winning the D-2 state championship while throwing for 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Playing for a prep team called the Fighting Irish, it wasn’t hard to see the fit for Kizer, coming from a Midwestern Catholic high school. Kizer praised the fit both on and off the field.  Probably just as important? A depth chart that could graduate it’s No. 1 and No. 2 off the depth chart after this season.

“Their quarterback situation had something to do with it,” Kizer told the Toledo Blade. “They will be short at the quarterback position, and that will give me an easier opportunity to come in and compete and try to get some playing time early.”

Kizer is the eleventh member of the class of ’14. Here’s footage from the Elite 11 camp in Columbus, where he was named MVP.



  1. ekalderf - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM


    Generally love the blog and the comment banter is fun to read from time to time, but two statements in the article are a stretch 1)”Kizer’s decision adds certainity to QB depth chart” and 2)”this committment effectively ends his recruitment”. I just gotta throw a flag on both of those.

    Go Irish!

  2. loadofwash - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Maybe this “stud” won’t get caught cheating. Ha ha south bend suckers. Lol

    • irishpuma - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      You won’t catch a bama boy cheating because you would actually have to go to class to have that happen and we all know that won’t happen.

      Are you still mad because even a 250k scholarship promised to EV4’s sister could not get him to roll tide. We got him for free for a few months and UCLA paid way less and got him for the remainder.

  3. mediocrebob - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    You are all over these Notre Dame articles, Load. “South Bend Suckers”… That’s a new one. Pretty cute.

    Like I said, were happy to have you here inside the Irish as a devoted fan.

    Go Irish!!

  4. steincj36 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Kiser has serious footwork.

  5. rpbags - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    this kid looks like he can be the real deal but you know how this goes and i hope that ND is where he truly wants to play his colege football. Now a days a commitment is nothing more than a maybe at best in my opinion.

  6. burgandy2260 - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Looked impressive but and could probably fit in fine. The only question is who will his coach be when he gets there? Kelly won’t be able to resist the NFL after next season.

  7. ddmcd1974 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Stop this nonsense of being back.. One year wonders are countless. Programs that are there yearly are few and far between. If you’re happy being lumped with Utah, Houston, etc then so be it. Beat your chest after 3 years of top 5, ok. Until then be glad you were talked about in January again for the first time in two decades.

  8. loadofwash - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    There’s no beating your chest after 2 bowl wins in 20 yrs and the biggest laugher in BCS history. Try again.

  9. goldenirishson - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    BK isn’t going anywhere until he win’s the big enchilada let’s kill that subject please do you think Hood would even bother coming if he knew BK was leaving? He has sat with these kid’s parents and gave them reassurance that he’s going to be ND for a long time people just dont get it, he’s like anyone else he wanted to get a raise and what do you do when you want more money? you go out and talk to other employers about a vacant job they have Now reasoning behind more money you ask? he need’s his coordinators to stay at ND like Diaco Martin Alford geeze get a grip you need stability to win and such is the case Diaco would have left if he didn’t get a raise and the staff is deserving of one don’t ya think? so until they win the NC Bk will be at ND otherwise capische’

  10. goldenirishson - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    oh ya newsflash DeShone is coming why? because he know’s he can play right away he know’s the QB corp’s will be thin and he will play, this kid has talent!! he will blow you away once he hit’s the field just watch seen his clips heard his opinion why he want’s to be at ND it’s the best opportunity they need me and it’s a great fit I’ll be able to play right away so just watch and see I’m not going to worry about him I’m more worried about our defensive recruits we need Hayes!! and want Elam to make his commitment to ND.

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