The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are on the radar with 4-star athlete Michiah Quick, and even though some may project him to be a cornerback, the Irish are smart to recruit him as a wide receiver.
First of all, his skill set would really translate to the wideout position at the college level. Potentially more importantly for Notre Dame though is the fact that according to Pete Sampson and Jake Brown of IrishIllustrated.com, Quick wants to play offense:
Quick is considering an offer from Notre Dame along with Alabama, Cal, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC and Washington, among others. While some have projected the 6-foot, 170-pound prospect on defense the Irish see a wide receiver.
Getting a look on offense first is what Quick prefers.
"That's what he wants but he could play on either side," Perry said. "They like him a lot on offense. That's what's missing there, a guy like that on offense ... He told me just now there's an opportunity there for him."
USC is currently listed as the leader on Quick's 247Sports interest list, and the Trojans are followed by Alabama, California, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and Oregon all listed as "warm interests".
As far as Notre Dame's standing with Quick, here's what his trainer and mentor Tony Perry had to say, per the IrishIllustrated report:
Where Notre Dame ranks coming out of the unofficial visit will remain a matter of speculation as Quick sifts through several options over the next few months.
"They're up there," Perry said. "He really enjoyed it. I don't wanna put words in his mouth but he really liked it. He's got to see Oklahoma he wants to be careful and make the right choice."
There's still time for Quick's recruiting process to shake up, but for now, Notre Dame has to feel good about being on this short list of programs that have gotten visits. For what it's worth, the report also stated that Quick is planning on taking an official visit to Notre Dame during football season.
247Sports has Quick ranked as the No. 4 athlete in the 2014 class, listing that he can play receiver or cornerback. He's also an athlete recruit according to ESPN, but Rivals.com has Quick ranked as a cornerback—No. 7 at the position
Quick obviously sees an opportunity to shine on offense for Notre Dame, and he's a big-time recruit. If pitching him on the idea of playing receiver for Notre Dame is the best way to keep the Fighting Irish in the running, then Brian Kelly and his staff would be wise to continue recruiting the talented recruit in such a manner.
Should Quick be a WR or DB in college?
As a receiver, Quick displays good hands, great athleticism and quick feet. He runs with long strides, which allow him to get good separation. Speaking of separation, he uses his hands well to disengage the defender and create room. He runs crisp routes and has good length, which will allow him to make a play on the ball.
He's a lanky player, and that could really set him apart as a wide receiver at the college level. I see him being extremely effective in the slots, and he'll also be a good kick returner on special teams.
He wants to play offense, and Notre Dame appears willing to extend him that opportunity.
That bodes well for the Fighting Irish in the race for Quick's commitment.