Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Source: Pair Of 2020 WA CBs Are "Notre Dame-Type Kids"

January 15, 2019

Todd Lyght is currently in the Pacific Northwest recruiting for Notre Dame.

The Irish defensive backs coach has built strong enough relationships with coaches in the region that they’ll give him a heads up on who he should be going after even if the players aren’t on their team. We spoke with one such coach in advance of Lyght’s travels through the state of Washington.

“I can tell you who the ballers are at FSP, I can tell you who the ballers are at Heir Academy,” the coach said. “Those are the big 7-on-7 circuits we have here in Washington. As a coach, it’s my job to know who’s who and what’s what.”

One of those players is 2020 cornerback Kasen Kinchen.

“Kasen has great feet, incredible feet,” the coach said of the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder from Lake Stevens High School. “He’s got a great transition, good fluid hips and he has good speed. He can run. When you turn on his film, he’s taking pick-sixes to the house, he’s taking a bubble screen 60 yards. The kid flat out fly.”

Off the field, Kinchen (pictured above) would appear to be a fit for the Irish as well.

“He’s a Notre Dame-type of guy, high character, good academics,” we were told. “He’ll never make you look bad in the locker room or in public. He’s very coachable. Yes Coach, No Coach. Mom and Dad are still married, good people, good folks.”

Kinchen has offers from Oregon and Northern Colorado.

Donovan Clark

Donovan Clark is another 2020 cornerback in the state that this coach thinks the Irish should chase.

“Donovan, I don’t know as much about,” he admitted. “He’s 6-3, a legit 6-3 and I love is length.

“He’s rangy, he’s long and he has ball skills. There’s nothing more you want from a DB than being long, rangy and have ball skills. You can teach everything else.”

The coach believes the Sumner High School star has an extremely high ceiling.

“He’s going to be incredible,” he said. “I think he’s an NFL corner.”

Clark currently has offers from Oregon and Washington State.

He’s also a good kid away from the field, according to the coach.

“Very respectable, great kid,” we were told. “I don’t know his family situation, but he’s a great kid. He’s always Yes Coach, No Coach, always very thankful anytime I help with anything.”

This coach has had the chance to observe both players closely.

“They’re both Notre Dame-type kids.”

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