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Irish A-to-Z: Jimmy Byrne

Jun 11, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT

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Notre Dame expects another road grader on campus next week when incoming freshman Jimmy Byrne arrives for summer session. From St. Ignatius, the Clevelander was a victory over Urban Meyer on the recruiting front, and another solid building block for a unit that’s getting stronger every recruiting cycle.

Let’s take a closer look at what the Irish are getting with Jimmy Byrne.

JIMMY BYRNE
6’4″, 285 lbs.
Freshman

 

RECRUITING PROFILE

Byrne shut down his recruiting early, but the fact that he was choosing between Ohio State and Notre Dame has to have Irish fans feeling okay with his only mid-four-star rating and relatively short offer list. Byrne decided on the Irish nearly 14 months before signing day, an early rock in the recruiting class.

For as positive as the Irish must’ve felt about Byrne early, Kelly was more complimentary as he developed throughout his final prep season.

“I really love the way Jimmy has progressed, especially his senior year,” Kelly said on Signing Day. “We liked Jimmy last year. He was an early offer for us and committed, and then really had a great senior year from our standpoint.  Physical, moves his feet well, and again, I think what you’ll see with all of our offensive linemen, they all can get out and move their feet…  You’re going to see that there’s an athletic component to all of these guys, and Jimmy certainly fits that, and really excited about him.  He’s a great student, great young man, and a great fit for Notre Dame.”

Harry Hiestand out-dueled Ed Warinner for Byrne’s signature. And while he shut down his recruitment relatively early, he had an offer from Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia as well.

 

FUTURE POTENTIAL

It won’t be long before we hear our first whispers about Byrne’s talent, but it seems like the Irish like Byrne as an interior lineman, and they are in no rush to get him on the field. One thing that’s telling is the fact that he was such an early target for the Irish staff, and Byrne is about as pipeline as it gets, coming from St. Ignatius.

From watching some of Byrne’s tape, he’s going to need some time in the weight room. Maybe he put that time in over the past nine months, but there’s a very nice base to build from, as he plays athletically and was well coached at one of Ohio’s better Catholic programs.

 

CRYSTAL BALL

It’s really going to be interesting see how the battle for Christian Lombard’s right guard job plays out after this season. Does the job go to a veteran like Conor Hanratty? Or a young riser like John Montelus? After not hearing a world from Colin McGovern, he impressed mightily during spring practice.

Take into consideration that Steve Elmer is a born tackle playing guard out of necessity and the shake out should be fascinating. There’s every reason to believe Byrne could play center if needed, and if he grows he could lengthen into being a tackle. With the depth Hiestand is building, getting on the field is a battle, and making your way into the starting lineup before becoming an upperclassman might not be easy.

Evaluating linemen on high school film isn’t a winning proposition, especially for a guy sitting at a laptop. But the data-points suggest Byrne has the ingredients to be a good one.

 

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  1. dillonbigred - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Come on Keith, I think you are just making up B names now to mess with us.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      He’s probably just avoiding moving on to the next letter in the alphabet because his mom told him never to use the ‘C’ word…………….purely speculation

  2. yaketyyacc - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    well, if Keith is messing, what a “good” mess he has come up with Byrne. a positive in Coach Kelly’s scheme of things.
    I agree with nude that having Golson(and Zaire) will change the dynamics for the 2014 season in Notre Dame’s favor.

    • sjb198 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      The next time you think about posting a comment. Don’t.

      • DPU Man ND Fan - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Who peed in your Wheaties this morning?

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