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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Notre Dame After Another Pickerington Central Prospect In 2021 WR Lorenzo Styles Jr.

June 18, 2018

2021 Pickerington Central (Ohio) receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr.‍ made his first trip to South Bend on Saturday for Notre Dame’s Elite Skills Camp, and it couldn’t have gone better. 

The 6-foot, 165-pounder ran a 4.43 in front of the Notre Dame staff and picked up an offer from area recruiter Mike Elston on Sunday. 

“I called Coach Elston, and he thought I had the traits on the football field but also off the field,” Styles told Irish Sports Daily. “Coach Elston explained that’s what they’re looking for at Notre Dame.” 

Styles had an impressive camp where he made several tough grabs and ran by defenders on deep balls, which led to him being pulled aside after the camp to work out with 2021 quarterback Tyler Buchner, who also added an offer from Notre Dame.  

“They had me catch a few balls for him,” said Styles. “He’s a really talented 2021 quarterback. I thought he was older with the way he played the game, but he’s a really good quarterback.” 

The Ohio native was in and out of town pretty quick, so he didn’t get a chance to see too much of the campus, but he plans to return to learn more about the program. 

 “The camp was amazing,” stated Styles. "Notre Dame is so nice. They have great facilities too.

“I plan to get back for a visit to see everything.” 

Boston College also has offered Styles, but several schools have started the recruiting process. 

“I’ve been talking with Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Youngstown State, Styles said. “My high school won the State Championship in the fall, so a lot of schools have been in to check on me.” 

Ohio State might be considered the favorite to land Styles as his father was a star linebacker for the Buckeyes. 

“People assume I would want to go there,” explained Styles. “That might have been the best fit for my dad, but I need to find the best fit for me.” 

As for the rest of the offseason, Styles is looking to improve his entire game and will build around his speed.

“I need to run my routes better,” Styles stated. “I need to stem the routes and break people off. I feel like I can use my speed to blow by people and use it to my advantage.” 

Styles also wants to grab a leadership on his team this fall as the Tigers look to repeat as State Champs. 

“We had great leaders on our team with Trenton Gillison and Xavier Henderson,” said Styles. “They both went to Michigan State, and they showed me how to really play the game of football. They showed me how to lead, and I can transfer that into my sophomore season.”

Note: Pickerington Central is the same program that produced former Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy. 


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