Standout prep QB Kendall Abdur-Rahman ready to catch passes — for Notre Dame

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

Edwardsville (Ill.) High School quarterback Kendall Abdur-Rahman spent the offseason honing his passing game.

Not that the 5-foot-11, 182-pound senior will be using it much longer.

On Sunday night, the first-team all-state QB in Illinois’ largest enrollment class (8A) chose a scholarship offer from a school that envisions him as a wide receiver — Notre Dame.

“I am blessed and excited to announce that after long and careful consideration I’ve decided to further my academic and athletic path by officially committing to Notre Dame!!” he tweeted on his Twitter account.

He becomes the 18th commitment in the class of 2019 and the second wide receiver, joining Cam Hart of Olney, Md.

Abdur-Rahman’s offer list was heavy on Big Ten schools , including Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa and Nebraska. He was projected by some as a QB, but others as a defensive back and still others — as ND did —catching passes instead of throwing them.

Rivals and 247sports both rate him as a three-star prospect in the athlete classification for multiple-position players. CBS Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming rates Abdur-Rahman as a four-star prospect.

“I think he’s a very good pickup for Notre Dame,” Lemming said. “He’s got 4.46 speed (in the 40-yard dash), plays against very good competition and is an outstanding athlete. He’s one of the best players in the St. Louis area.”

Abdur-Rahman lives on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, but Edwardsville plays schools on both sides of it.

Two weeks ago, in a 58-45 loss to the No. 1 team in Missouri’s largest enrollment class —St. Louis Christian Brothers College H.S. — Abdur-Rahman ran for 238 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns, and threw for two more scores and 84 yards.

As a junior, he ran for 1,399 yards and 26 TDs. He threw for 548 yards and eight touchdowns. Abdur-Rahman took an official visit to Notre Dame Sept. 1 for the Irish-Michigan game.

“He’s very intelligent,” Lemming said. “I don’t think he’ll have any trouble adjusting to a new position.”

Kendall Abdur-Rahman shown in a high school game on Friday, Sept. 7, committed to Notre Dame’s 2019 class on Sunday, Sept. 10.

WHO: No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0) vs. Vanderbilt (2-0).

WHEN: Saturday, 2:30 p.m., EDT

WHERE: Notre Dame Stadium

TV: NBC

RADIO: WSBT (960 AM, 96.1 FM)

LINE: Notre Dame by 14½