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Film Don't Lie | Daniel Anderson

September 23, 2023
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Notre Dame has quickly filled its needs in the backfield in 2025 recruiting led by quarterback Deuce Knight‍ earlier this week. They just added to it with a commitment from Daniel Anderson‍ who joins Justin Thurman‍ as the second back for the Irish in the class.

Anderson arrived at the Irish Invasion camp this summer as an unknown. He had one offer and wasn’t really on the radar to earn one. He impressed Deland McCullough and the coaching staff so much that they ended up being his first Power 5 offer.

He flashed quick feet, great lateral agility, and the ability to make plays as receiver.

With a verified 30.8 inch vertical and a 114.5 inch broad jump, he has a strong lower half and it shows on the field.

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 185

Projected Position: Running back

ISD Grade: 87 (3-star)

National Average Grade: 87.7 (3-star)

What he does best:

He runs hard. It makes him a very effective short yardage runner who keeps his legs going on contact.

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Speaking of contact, yards after it has become one of the most important things for a running back these days. If a back can’t make defenders miss, they better be able to break tackles and Anderson is a tackle breaker.

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He displays good vision and reads blocks well. He has natural running back instincts.

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What he needs to improve:

He runs a bit too much with his pads up. He can present too big of a target and I’d like to see him get more compact.

I’ve seen a limited amount of film from his junior season. He showed more build up speed than burst as a sophomore, which doesn’t really fit with how he looked at Notre Dame’s camp. Better burst and acceleration are what I’m going to be looking for from him going forward.

What’s his ceiling?

Anderson looks like a back who can play all downs, but I’m not sure if he has the speed to be a home run hitter in college. I wouldn’t put him in the same category of prospect as most of the other backs they’ve signed in recent years who have shown more of that ability.

I like his tenacity as a runner and I’m excited to see how much he has developed as a junior. I certainly see a player who has the traits to play at the Power 5 level, but I’ll need to see more from before he arrives at Notre Dame to project him as someone who could start for the Irish given how they’ve recruited the position.

Who he could be:

Former Notre Dame Rb C’Bo Flemister

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