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Sport Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 21 Lorenzo Styles, early-enrolled freshman receiver

14:02  15 july  2021
14:02  15 july  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Notre Dame playing a freshman at receiver ? Why are you wasting your time?” It’s a fair point. A lot of us spent a good portion of the 2020 season wondering where Jordan Johnson and Xavier Watts were at the receiver positions. Watts also enrolled early , but he got one practice into the spring and then everything stopped, as we all remember. No practices, no workout program, nothing. He went home. Jordan Johnson was always coming later, so the early entrant advantage was never with him. So, if you’re looking for things to align with Styles , first things first, and he’s checked that box.

No. 248 player nationally, No . 21 player regionally, No. 48 wide receiver nationally and No. 7 player from Ohio by ESPN.com (82 Scout Grade). Guided Pickerington Central to a 14-1 record and scored the game-winning touchdown in the Ohio State Championship game in 2019. Tallied a total of nine touchdowns in his senior season; three rushing, two receiving , three punt return and one kickoff return. Played for coach Jay Sherett at Pickerington Central. Son of Laverna and Lorenzo Styles Sr. Father, Lorenzo Sr., played college football at Ohio State, and was a third round draft pick in the 1995 NFL

Listed measurements: 6-foot-1 ⅛, 186 pounds. 2021-22 year, eligibility: The one class on Notre Dame’s roster with clear eligibility parameters, Styles has four seasons of eligibility remaining. Depth Chart: If Styles first cracks the rotation at slot receiver, he will be behind fifth-year Avery Davis and senior Lawrence Keys, but after a couple transfers this summer, a void may exist behind senior Braden Lenzy at field receiver, and Styles’ traits very closely resemble Lenzy’s, which could provide some ease to rotating the pair. Recruiting: A consensus four-star prospect and the No. 6 receiver in the country, per rivals.com, Styles chose the Irish over his homestate Ohio State, along with Michigan, Penn State and Pittsburgh. His Notre Dame commitment lasted 14 months without wavering, somewhat surprising simply given his top-tier recruiting profile.

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WHY NO. 22? Tucker appears to have worn No. 18 during a recruiting visit photoshoot to Notre Dame , or maybe that will be his number moving forward and that Twitter profile photo is from this summer. Quite frankly, No. 22 is simply a guess because it is an open slot, and the intention was to put such freshmen later in the summer with hopes of getting the actual number via a social media post, but that has worked only to cloud this hypothesizing. WHAT WAS SAID WHEN TUCKER SIGNED “Tucker may need some time to acclimate at cornerback, having focused much of his high school time on receiver .

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NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS This was a month before Styles could genuinely benefit from this photo, but going back and getting some free tacos now would be only logical.

WHAT WAS SAID WHEN STYLES SIGNED “Styles has an underrated amount of strength in his frame, perhaps making him as much a field position possibility as a slot, the natural assumption when seeing a receiver weighing less than 175 pounds. In that respect, Styles’ 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed could set him up in the mold of current junior Braden Lenzy, though hopefully with more sturdy hamstrings. …

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Takacs needs to beat out sophomore Kevin Bauman and early - enrolled freshmen Cane Berrong and Mitchell Evans for the contributing role of No. 2, something that seems likely but by no means will Notre Dame defer to an elder statesman at tight end if a younger option has earned more playing time. CAREER TO DATE Takacs saw nominal duty as a sophomore in 2019 after spending his freshman year on the sidelines. That mop-up work was highlighted by an impressive touchdown catch at Duke. Last year, Takacs was Notre Dame ’s third tight end, meaning whenever Irish offensive coordinator

The ever-growing transfer portal took Notre Dame 's expected backup center this spring. Enter Pat Coogan, an incoming freshman and lifelong Irish fan. Listed measurements: 6-foot-4, 290 pounds. 2021-22 year, eligibility: The one class on Notre Dame ’s roster with clear eligibility parameters, as an incoming freshman Coogan has four seasons of eligibility remaining. Depth Chart: Coogan may be the No. 2 Irish center as far as the distributed depth chart goes, thanks to Dillan Gibbons’ transfer to Florida State, but if Notre Dame needs a backup center, it is more likely to move a veteran from elsewhere

“Suggesting this three days before the No. 2 Irish face No. 3 Clemson with Lenzy back on the field may prove to be an embarrassingly poor take, but as long as Lenzy cannot stay available, then the role of outside speedster should be considered up for grabs. Enrolling early could give Styles a chance at making the most of Lenzy’s inconsistencies, though what spring practice will entail is to be determined.”

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2021 OUTLOOK Preseason practices will shed more light on Styles’ hopes of cracking the receiver rotation. Of him, Davis and Keys, the Irish are likely to incorporate only two at slot. The transfers of sophomores Jordan Johnson (to Central Florida) and Jay Brunelle (to Yale), though, leave a lack of depth on the outside. Moving Keys there would be a surprise, but Davis or Styles could contribute behind Lenzy.

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Early - enrolled freshman Isaiah Robertson is the most likely backup to Elliott before turning to junior Nicco Fertitta. Recruiting: A rivals.com four-star recruit, different recruiting services and different teams varied their positional projections for Elliott’s career. He shined at both quarterback and CAREER TO DATE Elliott saw action in all 12 games his freshman season, making 14 tackles on the year. Thanks in part to the dismissal of Max Redfield just before the season, Elliott contributed in genuine defensive situations in addition to special teams, making four tackles against both Syracuse and Army.

If Notre Dame makes sure to get practice reps for one of them on the outside, either one, that will serve as an indication of early faith in Styles and an expectation for him to chip in. Irish head coach Brian Kelly is oft-criticized for not utilizing freshman receivers, but that is not entirely accurate. TJ Jones, Chris Brown, Will Fuller, Corey Robinson, Kevin Stepherson and Kevin Austin all played in at least 11 games, to name the highlights.

Jones cracked 300 yards with three touchdowns, and Stepherson outdid that with 462 and five scores, while Fuller averaged 26.7 yards on six catches. Brown’s greatest contribution remains well-remembered (50-yard gain at Oklahoma), Robinson’s towering frame provided red-zone worries for every opposing defense to fret over and Austin worked through age-old traits issues to make his only collegiate impressions to date.

Kelly uses freshmen when they can genuinely help. For further evidence, note tight end Michael Mayer and running back Chris Tyree in 2020.

Of those receivers, Styles may arrive the most complete package, perhaps aside from Stepherson, myriad off-field issues aside.

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That depth alone may be needed for Notre Dame’s offense to find its footing in 2021. Austin has not played a season’s worth of snaps since his final year in high school in 2017; Lenzy’s hamstrings remain a tricky issue; Keys’ bumps and bruises have kept him off the field a few times throughout his career. Any one of those troubles returning could push Styles into a primary role.

And if not, then Irish special teams coordinator Brian Polian may have a use for Styles as a punt returner. Polian indicated in the spring that he had made sure to get Styles work at the position, and Notre Dame does not have an established piece there, walk-on Matt Salerno notwithstanding.

DOWN THE ROAD Every projection of Styles suggests his future lies in the slot, but given the Irish penchant for multiple tight ends (or, supposedly, multiple running backs this season), the slot receiver does not get as many reps as his counterparts. Given Styles’ recruiting pedigree, the likelihood is Notre Dame will insist on getting him as many snaps as possible.

Whether at slot or somewhere on the outside, plenty of room will open up in the receivers room before long. Lenzy, Austin, Keys and Joe Wilkins are all entering their senior year, though they technically all have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Davis has two years remaining, but again, that hinges on the pandemic eligibility waiver.

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Most of them will move on before long, turning the rotation over to the class of 2021, in which Styles is one of three four-star receivers.

NOTRE DAME 99-TO-0

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No. 98 Alexander Ehrensberger, sophomore defensive end

No. 97 Gabriel Rubio, early-enrolled freshman defensive tackle the size of a Volkswagen

No. 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, fifth-year defensive tackle-turned-end

No. 92 Aidan Keanaaina, sophomore defensive tackle

No. 88 Mitchell Evans, early-enrolled freshman tight end, a former high school quarterback

No. 87 Michael Mayer, star sophomore tight end and lead offensive weapon

No. 85 George Takacs, senior tight end, ‘152 years old’

No. 84 Kevin Bauman, sophomore tight end

No. 82 Xavier Watts, sophomore receiver

No. 81 Jay Brunelle, speedy sophomore receiver

No. 80 Cane Berrong, early-enrolled freshman tight end

No. 79 Tosh Baker, sophomore offensive tackle

No. 78 Pat Coogan, incoming freshman center

No. 77 Quinn Carroll, junior offensive lineman

No. 76 Joe Alt, incoming and towering freshman offensive lineman

No. 75 Josh Lugg, fifth-year right tackle, finally a starter

No. 73 Andrew Kristofic, junior offensive tackle, possible backup center

No. 72 Caleb Johnson, early-enrolled offensive tackle, former Auburn commit

No. 70 Hunter Spears, junior offensive guard, former defensive tackle

No. 68 Michael Carmody, sophomore offensive tackle

No. 62 Marshall guard Cain Madden transfers to Notre Dame, likely 2021 starter

No. 57 Jayson Ademilola, senior defensive tackle

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No. 55 Jarrett Patterson, the best Irish offensive lineman

No. 54 Jacob Lacey, junior defensive tackle

No. 54 Blake Fisher, early-enrolled freshman left tackle, starter?

No. 52 Zeke Correll, junior, starting center

No. 52 Bo Bauer, senior linebacker, #BeADog

No. 50 Rocco Spindler, early-enrolled freshman offensive guard

No. 48 Will Schweitzer, early-enrolled freshman defensive end

No. 44 Devin Aupiu, early-enrolled freshman defensive end

No. 44 Alex Peitsch and No. 65 Michael Vinson, Irish long snappers, both needed

No. 41 Kurt Hinish, fifth-year defensive tackle, eventual record-holder in games played

No. 40 Drew White, fifth-year linebacker, three-year starter

No. 39 Jonathan Doerer, fifth-year kicker, using the pandemic exception

No. 38 Jason Onye, incoming and raw freshman defensive end

No. 37 Joshua Bryan, incoming freshman kicker

No. 35 Marist Liufau, junior Hawaiian linebacker

No. 34 Osita Ekwonu, junior defensive end

No. 33 Shayne Simon, senior linebacker

No. 29 Matt Salerno, senior punt returner, walk-on

No. 28 TaRiq Bracy, senior cornerback, possible nickel back

No. 27 JD Bertrand, junior linebacker

No. 26 Clarence Lewis, sophomore cornerback, second-year starter

No. 25 Philip Riley, early-enrolled freshman cornerback

No. 25 Chris Tyree, speedy sophomore running back

No. 24 Jack Kiser, junior linebacker, onetime pandemic hero

No. 23 Litchfield Ajavon, junior safety

No. 23 Kyren Williams, junior running back

No. 22 Logan Diggs, incoming freshman running back

No. 22 Chance Tucker, freshman cornerback

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College football recruiting rankings after Clemson, Alabama, Penn State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame add big-time commits .
There were some big wins on the recruiting trail over the last week that shuffles the top of the updated college football recruiting rankings. The race for the top spot in the college football recruiting class rankings is heating up after some big-time programs received commitments from some big- time recruits over the last week. Ohio State still owns the top spot by a wide margin, highlighted by the commitment of No. 1 overall recruit, quarterback Quinn Ewers, but the race for the No. 2 spot is heating up. The Penn State Nittany Lions vaulted Notre Dame to claim the silver medal after a pair of commitments over the weekend.

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