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Notre Dame LB Signee Prince Kollie Wins 2020 High School Butkus Award

December 21, 2020

It's a clean sweep for Notre Dame has 2021 linebacker signee Prince Kollie has won the high school Butkus Award.

Irish linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah won college football's Butkus Award earlier on Monday. 

As a senior in 2020, Kollie was a game wrecker on both sides of the ball as he racked up over 100 tackles and rushed for over 1,500 yards. 

Kollie figures to start at the rover position, but he could very well end up inside in time, similar to Drue Tranquill and Asmar Bilal. 

Former Notre Dame linebackers Manti Te’o and Jaylon Smith won the Butkus Award at both the high school and collegiate level. 

ISD's Jamie Uyeyama is high on Kollie's potential and he could very well be Notre Dame's next Butkus Award winner. 

"His rating is a little off from what it should be because Rivals does such a poor job of evaluating hybrid players like him who are a fit in most defenses in today's college football," stated Uyeyama. "He's an outstanding prospect, though, who is as good of a pure football player as he is as an athlete. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was a similar prospect in high school to Kollie with both of them playing a Rover type of position on defense and starring as a receiver on offense. JOK is a twitchier athlete than Kollie, but aside from that, I see a lot of similarities in their skill sets.

"There's going to be a golden opportunity for Kollie to be an impact player and multi-year starter at Rover for the Irish starting in 2022. He may eventually develop physically to the point where he can slide inside to Buck." 

2020 Stats 

109 tackles
11 tackles for loss
4 pass breakups
2 sacks 
1 interception

181 carries
1,562 rushing yards
26 touchdowns 
13 receptions 
290 yards
3 touchdowns 

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