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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

What's Next at 2023 QB for Notre Dame?

July 13, 2022

Real ones wrote off Dante Moore‍ a long time ago. The die-hards held on until they were forced to let go when he committed to Oregon last Friday.

Notre Dame has to move on with 2023 quarterback recruiting and were already in the process of doing so before Moore committed. That’s one reason why they offered current Baylor commit Austin Novosad‍ and are trying to get him on campus for the end of this month.

It’s yet to be determined if he’ll take a visit or not, but ISD’s Christian McCollum has an update that at least suggests it could happen. Novosad is an accurate passer who throws a very catchable ball. In many ways he reminds of Jack Coan in that respect, but he Novosad projects to be a better deep ball thrower with a bit more wiggle to escape the rush.

I like him as a prospect, but I would rank him below where I had Notre Dame’s quarterback in their 2022 class, Steve Angeli. No one could call it a safe bet that Novosad even visits let alone ends up flipping to Notre Dame, so the coaching staff has to be looking at all options and assume that CJ Carr‍ won’t reclassify. If he does, it’s a lot easier to adjust to that rather than waiting too long to get involved with other 2023 QBs if he doesn’t.

Here’s five other quarterbacks who could be candidates for an offer if Notre Dame continues to expand the board.

Rickie Collins‍ (Purdue commit)

I’ve been a fan of Collins for a long time and thought Purdue got a steal when he committed there. Apparently I wasn’t alone as several programs have attempted to flip him, although he has stayed solid with his commitment.

That could change for the Louisiana native as LSU is likely to turn up the heat after striking out on their top targets. Perhaps Notre Dame could make things interesting as well with an offer.

There’s some inconsistency with his mechanics at times, but he can rip it. He’s a capable runner and has the skills to create big plays when escaping the pocket. To me he is up there near the top of this class when it comes to making throws when pressured and that is an extremely valuable skill.

Brock Glenn‍ ‍ (Uncommitted)

The uncommitted part might not last long as it appears he is close to committing to Florida State (more on that development in a bit). So if the Irish want to get involved, it better be soon.

Glenn’s name has been thrown around for teams still looking for a quarterback and it’s not difficult to see why. He has a plus arm and a natural throwing motion. He does well sliding in the pocket to create windows and though he is no threat as a runner, he has a good feel for the rush and is not a statue in the pocket.

There’s other prospects I prefer over him, but he’s certainly intriguing and maybe an offer ends up pushing back his timetable.

Chris Parson‍ (Uncommitted)

He’s uncommitted now, but 12 hours ago it was a different story. He had previously pledged to Florida State, but has been visiting other programs and has recent offers from Mississippi State and Cal.

The Mississippi State one piques my interest because of Mike Leach, who at one time had a guy named Ian Book committed to him at Washington State. My comp for Parson is actually Book with a better arm. Parson can turn a nothing burger play into something fantastic with the way he improvises and he throws a lovely deep ball.

Some of the escapes he makes away from the rush are unbelievable, but there are also some plays where I think he bolts early and misses an easy read.

I like Parson a lot as a dual-threat even with some of the things he still needs to work on. My main question about him is size as that 6’0” listing feels generous.

JJ Kohl‍ (Iowa State commit)

Size is not an issue for Kohl. He’s a big body who has the wingspan of a future NBA player as opposed to an NFL quarterback.

Matt Freeman saw him throw at an Elite 11 camp and came away impressed. He’s been on my radar ever since and there is a lot to like about his game like the way he hangs in under pressure. He’s also someone who already shows the capacity to work through progressions.

His arm strength is inconsistent as are his mechanics and although he can make some off-platform throws, he’s no Aaron Rodgers in those situations. However, he’s very good with the quick game and I think he’s going to be someone who could make a huge leap in the next few years.

Kenny Minchey‍ (Pitt commit)

I didn’t expect to like Minchey as much as I did and I’m not quite sure why, but he may have the best touch out of any quarterback I have watched this cycle. He dropped as many dimes over the shoulders of receivers in one highlight video as some quarterbacks do in a four-year span in college.

My bigger questions about him are that he’s definitely not a runner, though he can escape the rush, and he can put some zip on the ball in tight windows when he has to, but I wouldn’t say his arm talent is close to elite.

Accuracy and touch are about as valuable as any skill for a quarterback and he is a plus in those two categories in a big way for me.

Before he committed to Pitt ,he was not a guy with a ton of significant offers and his stock is up after the Elite 11. I wouldn’t be surprised to see teams try to get more involved with him and Notre Dame may do so as well.

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