Lawrence Keys Prep. Do Not Publish

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Phil Jurkovec won’t be limited on options to throw the ball to when the four-star quarterback enrolls at Notre Dame.

The Irish coaching staff added a fourth wide receiver to its 2018 recruiting class Sunday with a verbal commitment from Lawrence Keys.

The three-star recruit announced his decision on Twitter.

Keys, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound product of New Orleans McDonogh 35, pushes Notre Dame’s class size to 23 with 21 recruits having signed in December. Keys and three-star offensive lineman Luke Jones verbally committed after the early signing period and will have to wait until Feb. 7 to sign a National Letter of Intent.

Keys had long been on the Irish radar as Notre Dame put together its 2018 class. He received a scholarship offer last February. Yet he didn’t make a campus visit until this weekend. He arrived at Notre Dame on Friday for his first official visit.

Before his trip to South Bend, Keys planned to make official visits to Texas and SMU in the next two weeks. That didn’t prevent the Irish from pushing for a commitment from Keys.

At wide receiver, Keys offers a complement to the trio who signed last month. Kevin Austin may have the highest ceiling as a do-it-all receiver, Braden Lenzy is the speedy deep threat and Micah Jones is a big-bodied target. All three are rated as four-star recruits by Rivals.

Keys should operate best out of the slot position and find mismatches. He caught 58 passes for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

“He’s a very good ball player,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “He’s explosive. He’s a guy that could help them on offense and returning kicks.”

247Sports slates Keys as the No. 69 wide receiver in the 2018 class. Rivals did not include him on its list of the top 100 wide receivers.

Below are senior highlights of Keys via Hudl.

Three-star wide receiver Lawrence Keys announced his commitment on National Signing Day. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)