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Top 2024 QB CJ Carr Details Latest Notre Dame Visit

April 16, 2022

2024 Saline (Mich.) quarterback CJ Carr‍ had seen Notre Dame multiple times before Thursday’s visit, but the composite five-star wanted to get back to South Bend for a specific reason this week. 

Carr wanted to see how practice was run under Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and he was able to see that and more.

"I think that was a big thing my family and I wanted to see,” Carr told ISD. “We wanted to really see how he coached the quarterbacks, ran the offense and taught the scheme. It was really great to check all those boxes, see practice and sit in on the meetings." 

The Michigan native has developed a close relationship with Rees and Carr enjoyed seeing a new side of the 29-year-old coach.

"I got to sit in for the pre-practice meeting and then we talked following practice,” said Carr. “I really liked the way he teaches the offense and he makes sure the quarterbacks know what they're doing. 

"The energy he brings to practice is really different. He's very energetic and there is a lot of competition throughout practice, which stuck out to me." 

Carr left campus feeling that Rees was fully invested in showing him exactly what he wanted to see, which meant a great deal. 

"He really wanted to show how a Notre Dame practice is run and what happens on a daily basis,” explained Carr. “I appreciated him taking the time to show us around and let us in the meetings." 

Head coach Marcus Freeman also spent some quality time with the Saline star as the two were able to meet face-to-face for the first time.

“We talked to Coach Freeman after practice in his office,” Carr stated. “It was great to finally meet him in person. He's really down to earth and I appreciated him taking the time to talk to me. I really enjoyed what Coach Freeman preached. He likes competition." 

The 6-foot-2, 189-pounder also got the unique experience to see the culture Freeman is building around competition before practice. 

“We walked into the team meeting at the beginning of the day and he started the meeting with an Oreo competition,” laughed Carr. “The guys had to put the Oreo on their forehead and try to get it in their mouths. 

"That's something that really stuck out to me because he preaches competition. He wants them walking into the building ready to compete every day." 

Carr will now turn his focus to working on his craft as the season is just four months away. 

"We really haven't scheduled anything. I don't know if we'll go to any more spring practices, but from here, it's pretty much getting together with my high school guys to throw and get prepared for the season." 

As for a decision, Carr is taking his time, but he also understands what an early commitment can do for his future school. 

"I don't really have a game plan,” said Carr. “I want to find the school that fits me the best and make that decision as quickly as I can to set up the class." 

247: 90 (four-star)
Rivals: 6.0 (four-star)
Composite: 98.60 (five-star)

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