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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Raw Intel | Notre Dame's 2023 Receiver Class

December 10, 2022

When Marcus Freeman hired Chansi Stuckey away from Baylor last January and the first priority was making sure the 2023 receiver haul brought depth and talent to a depleted room. 

Stuckey has made his presence felt over the last 11 months as he’s brought in one of the nation’s top receiver classes as he relied on his Texas connections with three of the four commitments coming from the Lone Star State. 

In fact, the haul has caught the eye of at least one receiver coach in the South, who gave a few thoughts on each of Notre Dame’s commits. 

Jaden Greathouse‍ - Westlake High School (Texas) 
“He will be a matchup problem due to his size and willingness to attack the ball and obviously the ability to go up & snatch the ball with strong hands in contested catch situations. Call me crazy but he reminds me a lot of Keenan Allen.” 

Junior Highlights

Braylon James‍ - Stony Point High School (Texas) 
“I remember what made him so intriguing off his junior film was the rawness in his game. You can tell he really worked on his game since last year. There’s a lot to be excited about when you look at his length, athleticism and rawness. His best football is definitely in front of him.” 

Senior Highlights

Kaleb Smith‍ - Reed High School (Texas) 
“Quick to speed type who’s not just straight-line fast. He can make defenders miss in space and take it for six. He still has to polish up his craft at the WR position but he has the skill set to bring something missing in the Notre Dame WR room.” 

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Rico Flores Jr.‍ - Folsom High School (Calif.) 
“I love the way he plays the game. He’s wired the way you want. He’s probably going to play at a higher level in bigger environments. You rarely can miss on a Folsom kid.” 

Junior Highlights

Now, the coach did also add Smith would be the guy who is most likely to be Notre Dame’s top YAC (yard after contact) threat given his natural speed and ability to get loose. It’s not to say Flores, Greathouse and James can’t make big plays, but getting loose comes the easiest to Smith. 

The coach added Greathouse’s physical style of play makes up for maybe not being that 4.4 speed every receiver coach covets. 

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