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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Coach | 2025 WR Brandon Finney Would Be A Fit At Notre Dame

February 29, 2024
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Like all top recruits Brandon Finney‍ has a decision to make, but before the 2025 Maryland athlete decides where he wants to play college football, he needs to decide what position he wants to play.

Earlier this week, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder added Notre Dame to a growing list of scholarship offers that includes schools like Georgia, Penn State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Oregon among others.

“Brandon has been offered by a lot of the top Power Five schools at the cornerback position,” McDonogh School head coach Hakeem Sule says.

“I believe the Notre Dame offer is at the wide receiver position. So he's going to have options and ultimately he has to decide, does he want to play receiver or does he want to play defensive back in college.”

Sule isn’t sure Finney has a preference or a higher ceiling on one side of the ball or the other.

“I think he was a guy who probably thought of himself as a receiver,” the coach says. “Obviously, the recruiting picked up on the defensive side because of what he's been able to do in his junior year. This is only his first year playing cornerback.”

And wherever he ends up playing, Sule is confident Finney will be able to succeed,

“First, he's a fierce competitor,” the coach says. “Day in, day out, he never wants to exit the field for any reps in practice and he never wants to be taken out of the game on offense or defense. Actually, he was our punter once our starting punter got hurt. An overall athlete who loves to compete.

“He's very long and rangy. He's a very twitchy athlete. Obviously, he's posted some unbelievable times in track. He's already the state hurdle champion. Now, he's showing what he can do in the short distance as well.”

Finney would fit at a lot of places, but especially Notre Dame, according to Sule.

“He's just an absolute Notre Dame type kid coming from our school, which is a prestigious private school here in Owings Mills, Maryland outside of Baltimore,” he says. “He's very sharp, very polished, well-mannered, very articulate, very polite, respectful. I teach him as well in my Financial Literacy class. He checks all the boxes.

Finney isn’t going to rush a final decision, but he’ll certain work toward having one over the next several months.

“He'll visit all the schools,” his coach says. “He's got a whole schedule mapped out, so he's definitely going to take time to visit any school that has extended an offer to him.

“Obviously recruiting has changed in recent years when you talk about transfer portal and NIL. So, I tell guys they should try to lock their spots before the start of season if possible.”

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