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Early Enrollee: Justin Brent

Feb 5, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT

As Signing Day kicks off, let’s take a look at the first of two recruits already on campus.

Speedway (Indianapolis)

Measurables: 6-1, 197

Accolades: Top Player in Indiana per Detroit Free-Press, first-team All-State Indiana 3A, Consensus 4-Star prospect, Rivals100, 247Sports Composite No. 94

Impressive Offers: Louisville

Projected Position: Outside WR

Quick Take: If Brent’s offer list looks empty, it’s because Notre Dame identified Brent early and he committed in July of 2012, almost a lifetime ago. But Brent is already one of the most physically impressive receivers on campus.

He’s got size and speed for days, and went from little known regional prospect to one of the top national receivers after a summer tour took him to The Opening and the Rivals Five Star Challenge. There might be some interest in saving a year of Brent’s eligibility with the depth chart so stacked at wide receiver, but Brent enrolled early to play.

There’s a little bit of David Givens in Brent, with the physicality already there and the ability to crosstrain at different positions available after playing running back during his senior season at Speedway.

What he means to Irish: More young talent for Mike Denbrock’s receiving corps. A guy who will get a ton of reps with DaVaris Daniels out of school for the spring semester.

Obligatory YouTube highlight clip: Updated Brent’s video with’s Signing Day video.


  1. alsatiannd - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Call it a hunch, but I think Davaris Daniels just fades away from this team. He’s out for the spring. His cousin and mentor TJ Jones is gone. He ended the season dropping balls he should have caught. Lots of bright prospects behind him. It all depends on his mental attitude and how much he wants it.

    • dudeacow - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Or it may light a fire under his butt and he may realize that nothing will come easy and he’ll have to work really hard for everything. I’m hoping for that option.

  2. mediocrebob - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    This kid sticking with the Irish all this time. Breath of fresh air. I however don’t feel like Daniels will fade the slightest.

  3. wisner74 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    I hope Alsatian proves to be wrong, but I do think that this is a concern with DD. Before the season he talked the talk about stepping up and becoming a dominant receiver, but I am not sure he walked the walk as the season went on. Although his overall numbers for 2013 were good, he was not consistent. If I recall, there was a spell of fairly mediocre performances mid-season.

    His father had a very long NFL career and was a solid citizen when he played for the Bears, so we can hope that he is getting the proper guidance from his family. I thinking missing spring practice might prove to be a bigger factor for him than it would be for some other players. I hope Alsatian and I are wrong and Bob is right.

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