Central Catholic (Toledo, OH)
Measurables: 6-5, 212
Accolades: AP D-III Ohio Co-Offensive Player of the Year, First-team All-Toledo, Consensus 4-Star player, No. 40 overall per Tom Lemming
Impressive Offers: Alabama, LSU, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin
Projected Position: Quarterback
Quick Take: Kizer adds a new dimension to the Irish depth chart at quarterback, bringing in a long rangy athlete at the position that can do a little bit of everything. He’ll likely fill out to 240 pounds by the time he’s a fifth-year senior, giving Brian Kelly a quarterback that can wreak havoc on defenses in a lot of ways.
Kizer has all the traits you’re looking for in a quarterback, the right blend of confidence and leadership to go along with the physical traits needed to play at an elite level. He’s far from a finished product, but he’s a great piece of the puzzle.
What he means to Irish: Just like last season, Kizer won’t play unless things go really wrong, with Kelly hoping to save a year of eligibility, as he did with Malik Zaire. After watching the depth chart turnover with Gunner Kiel, Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix all exiting, things seem back on track with Kizer and Blake Barnett already pledged to the 2015 class.
Obligatory YouTube highlight clip: Here’s Kizer’s UND.com video clip.