Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2021 WR Lorenzo Styles Jr. Taking Things In Stride

August 2, 2019

Pickerington Central (Ohio) has one of the best programs in the country and it’s time for Lorenzo Styles Jr.‍ to make his mark on the program.

The 2021 receiver will now take a leadership role for the Tigers and Styles is more than ready to take on a more significant role for his team. 

“I think it's a standard now, from the past programs, we're going have a pretty good season,” Styles told Irish Sports Daily. “My coach says the weight of the school is on our shoulders and for the community. I want to make sure we make our community look good. I think I'm ready to take it on that extra weight.” 

The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder is one of the top receivers in the 2021 recruiting class and already holds 17 offers. Notre Dame and Ohio State have been the early favorites to land Styles, but the four-star prospect will look to get out to see programs he hasn’t seen. 

“I'm just trying to focus,” stated Styles. “I might take a few more visits to schools I really haven't seen because I've been Notre Dame and Ohio State often. I want to see some other places I haven’t seen and after that, I plan to make my decision.”

In June, Styles made a trip to the South to check out Alabama and Auburn to get a feel for what life is like in SEC Country.

“It’s a different feel being in the North,” said Styles. “They contrast, but I think they both have pros and cons. They wanted to know why I came all the way down there. I wanted to see something different. They told me they were interested in me and to visit for a game to see if I liked it.” 

While speedy receiver wants to get out and see more schools, Styles believes he’ll make it to Columbus and South Bend for games this fall. 

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long has been very active in his recruitment and the two have developed a strong relationship.

“Coach Long and I talk often,” Styles said. “We usually talk two or three times a week. Coach Alexander communicated with me about once a week.

“We’ll talk about my workouts and things I’m doing. He tells me his perspective on it as well as the mistakes his players are making. It really just helps me improve and look at my game.” 

When it comes to Ohio State, the Buckeyes are bringing in a historic receiver class in 2020, but it doesn’t scare Styles in the least. 

“Having a class like that, you really can learn a lot,” explained Styles. “Those receivers are very different and you can take a little piece of each of their game. You can upgrade yourself as a player that way.” 

A commitment isn’t on his mind right now, but Styles plans to be committed by this time next year. 

“I haven’t set a date, but it will be before my senior season,” said Styles. “I want to be able to focus on my team and the program I selected.” 

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