Recruiting Flashback: Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

With sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer set to make his first start at Notre Dame, let's take a look back at some of our original ND Insider coverage from when he was a recruit.

Kizer received an offer from Notre Dame in the summer before his sophomore season. The Irish extended an offer to Kizer shortly after quarterback target Kyle Allen committed to Texas A&M. Kizer immediately scheduled a visit to Notre Dame for the following weekend.

Kizer's visit resulted in a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

"The fact that I can go to a school that is that prestigious and has the winning tradition that they do and the level of football that they play at, there's no better place for me to be," Kizer told ND Insider following his commitment.

Kizer was immediately described as a fit for head coach Brian Kelly's spread offense. 

"He has that skill set that you want in a spread offense quarterback that can throw on the run and can tuck and run when he gets forced out," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "He's got the intangibles that I think Notre Dame's looking for."

ND Insider went to watch Kizer play in his senior season at Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic. He threw for three touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over rival Toledo Whitmer. Below are some of the highs and lows from the game including an eye-opening throw at the 2:44 mark.

Kizer stuck with his commitment despite the departure of Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who was the lead recruiter of Kizer. Martin left to become the head coach at Miami of Ohio and Kizer signed with the Irish in February 2014.

Watch Kizer's complete highlight reel from his senior season here.

Notre Dame quarterback commitment DeShone Kizer threw for three touchdown passes in a 21-14 win for Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic over city rival Whitmer. (Photo courtesy of Toledo Blade)