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Notre Dame gets the letter: DJ Brown, consensus three-star cornerback

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DJ BROWN

St. John’s College High; Washington, D.C.

Measurements: 6’1”, 180 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus three-star; No. 67 cornerback in the class per rivals.com and No. 8 recruit in the nation’s capital; Under Armour All-American.

Other Notable Offers: Brown de-committed from Virginia at the end of January, quickly declaring a final three schools under consideration of Notre Dame, Cal and Northwestern. He also held offers from Clemson, Ohio State and South Carolina.

Projected Position: Cornerback.

Quick Take: Brown may be a genuinely prototypical cornerback, at his best in pass coverage and able to locate the ball in the air. By no means does he not need development, but given the stockpile of talent at the position two years ahead of him, Brown should have time to progress and be ready to contribute in a season or two.

Short-Term Roster Outlook: Brown is the fourth cornerback in this class — although consensus four-star Houston Griffith could also see some time at safety — compensating for the lack of cornerbacks in last year’s recruiting class. With three current sophomores at the position, as well as a junior and a senior with starting experience, Brown should not be readily needed in 2018. Perhaps he will make some special teams contributions, but that should be about it.

Long-View Depth Chart Impact: The recruiting failure of a year ago will be quite the boon for Brown’s career. Once the likes of current sophomore Julian Love, junior Shaun Crawford and senior Nick Watkins matriculate, there will be a scramble at the position. Only sophomores Troy Pride and Donte Vaughn will have experience, and at least two other cornerbacks will see regular action. That means Brown could be, perhaps should be, in position to contribute right away in 2019, if not start.