The reputation of Notre Dame football being what it is, it’s little wonder that stud QB prospect Gunner Kiel has dominated the program’s recruiting news this season. A quarterback alone, however, doesn’t make for a successful offense.
Here are three of Kiel’s future teammates who will have a lot to do with making him, and the Irish team, winners over the next few years:
WR Deontay Greenberry
A big target at 6’3”, 187 lbs, Greenberry put up some ludicrous numbers at the prep level. He earned state player of the year honors in crowded California after grabbing a record 33 TDs as a senior.
With Michael Floyd off to the NFL, Greenberry should immediately become one of Notre Dame’s top wideouts next season. Regardless of who’s playing quarterback (a question that will be heavily debated right up to the season opener), Greenberry will be a major asset to the passing game.
RB William Mahone
A shifty runner with some power, Mahone has the skill set to develop into an every-down back. He’s also a solid receiver, which should make coach Brian Kelly happy.
With second-leading rusher Jonas Gray on his way out, Mahone could contribute as early as next season.
OT Ronnie Stanley
Stanley bet on the future by turning down more successful teams at Arkansas and Nebraska to help put Notre Dame back on top. At 6’6”, 285 lbs, he’s already got the body of a big-time Division I lineman.
Stanley has shown some mobility at the high-school level, and he has a real chance to earn the role of Kiel’s blindside protector down the line.