National recruiting analyst slams Notre Dame's recruiting class for lack of a QB
Notre Dame’s recruiting class currently ranks No. 3 nationally, but it does have one obvious hole: quarterback.
The Fighting Irish don’t currently have a QB in their 2023 recruiting class after missing out on several key targets throughout the cycle. It’s possible that could change before now and signing day, but things are currently trending toward Notre Dame not bringing in a QB in this class.
That’s a huge concern for 247Sports recruiting analyst Cooper Petagna. Here’s some analysis from Petagna during an episode of Preps to Pros on Tuesday:
“I look at this 2023 class for Marcus Freeman and I love the class. I love what he’s put together. I think it’s got excellent depth, but there is no quarterback. Right now, Tyler Buchner, Drew Pyne, whoever you want to say, I don’t know if either of those two are providing you what you need to be a legitimate playoff contender.
“In a cycle where they were in on arguably one of the best arms in the country in Dante Moore, Christopher Vizzina as well, Avery Johnson at one time, to come up with none of those guys, right now I think is going to be the story unfortunately for Notre Dame’s class. That is the one position historically that has held this program back. That has to be the biggest emphasis. You can talk about the issues on the field for Notre Dame offensively. To me, when I think of Tommy Rees, that’s what I got circled. I’m looking at the quarterback position and saying, what are we doing here?
Petagna did acknowledged the possibility that 4-star quarterback CJ Carr could reclassify from the class of 2024. Carr has been committed to Notre Dame since June 9.
However, even if Carr does re-classify, it would leave Notre Dame with a thin — and relatively unproven — quarterback room going into 2023. Drew Pyne, Tyler Buchner and Steve Angelli would be the other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, barring any other additions.
The Early Signing Period for the class of 2023 begins in December.