DeShone Kizer Commits To Notre Dame: How 4-star QB Fits into Irish Offense

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJune 11, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

DeShone Kizer is the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he's commitment No. 11 for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

During a time of uncertainty regarding the future of the quarterback position, Kizer's commitment is an important one for the Fighting Irish.

John Garcia Jr. of reports on Kizer's commitment via Twitter:

4-star QB DeShone Kizer announces his commitment to #NotreDame

— John Garcia Jr. (@JohnGarcia_Jr) June 11, 2013

Greg Ostendorf of ESPN also reports on the commitment, adding in a bit of information that may make some Notre Dame fans smile, considering the result of last season's championship game:

Dual-threat QB DeShone Kizer has committed to Notre Dame. He was expected to visit #Bama this week. Another QB target off the board.

— Greg Ostendorf (@GregO_ESPN) June 11, 2013

Kizer was an important recruit for Brian Kelly and his staff to land, especially now that Gunner Kiel has transferred to Cincinnati and Everett Golson had to leave school due to academic issues

Golson may not come back—though he is reportedly planning to in 2014—so for all intents and purposes, Malik Zaire, who enrolled early this past winter, will be the future of the quarterback position for Notre Dame.

Zaire has the talent to be "the guy" for Notre Dame, but no quarterback's starting gig is 100 percent locked up with coach Kelly—even during the season.

That makes the backup job behind Zaire extremely important, and Kizer should eventually be able to fill the role admirably.

He has great size and length at 6'5'', 207 pounds. His height is ideal, and it will allow him to see over the line of scrimmage and read the defense. He has a natural throwing motion with a high release, and he throws a great deep ball with good touch and arc.

Kizer doesn't have the arm to zip short to intermediate throws into small windows on a line, but he has the natural throwing fundamentals to get to that point, especially with college coaching. He needs to work on his footwork in the pocket because he can get choppy, but he does have the ability to plant on his back foot, transfer his weight forward and release a good pass.

Potential is the key word for Kizer as a passer.


He's a natural, smooth runner with long strides and good elusiveness. He's not exceptionally fast, but he has enough speed to turn the corner and pick up yards in the open field. He has quick feet and a great cut move, and he displays great vision.

Kizer fits what Notre Dame is looking for at the quarterback position perfectly. He's not yet ready to come in and take the college football world by storm, but very few recruits are at this stage.

He'll benefit from a his senior season in high school, and once he gets to Notre Dame, he'll have the raw intangibles to be coached up to the level the Fighting Irish need him to be at.


Note: Star rankings courtesy of the 247Sports Composite rankings. All scouting and analysis of Kizer done by writer, via tape study of film provided on his 247Sports profile page.

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