Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic four-star quarterback DeShone Kizer has committed to Notre Dame.
Quarterback DeShone Kizer
The 6-foot-5, 207-pound Kizer chose the Irish over his other finalists, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee.
"I will be continuing my Fighting Irish tradition by playing football at the University of Notre Dame," Kizer announced.
Kizer visited South Bend on Sunday for the first time, just four days after receiving his scholarship from offensive coordinator Chuck Martin and the Notre Dame coaching staff.
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, Kizer becomes commit No. 11 for head coach Brian Kelly and the Irish in 2014. All 11 prospects to verbal to Notre Dame hold four-star status.
As a junior, Kizer led Central Catholic to a state championship and is poised for more in his final prep season.
“I think it’s the fact he’s the total package,” his coach Greg Dempsey said. “Athletically he has special talents and as a person he is outstanding and as a student he is outstanding.
“I don’t think athletic greatness happens by accident and those that excel are the ones that have everything going for them.”
Kizer emerged as a national recruit following a sophomore season where he was named a Class-Of-2014 All-American by 247Sports. Besides the schools mentioned, he held offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Syracuse.
“We thought his sophomore year we had college quarterback, it was just a matter of what level,” Dempsey said. “Then as his sophomore year continued we saw the game slow down for him and we saw the things he was capable of and started thinking this kid could be really something special.
“I just expect him to continue to be a team leader, not just an offensive leader. He’s improved so much from last year to this year. He’s put so much hard work in. I think he’s going to have a great season not just in the win-loss category, but statistically he’s going to cause some problems for people on the other side of the ball."
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