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Dec 19, 2020

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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42 DEC. 19, 2020 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING BY MIKE SINGER N ine of Notre Dame's 23 commit- ments did not play senior seasons due to their respective states cancel- ing fall sports. Of the 14 who did play, there are five Irish verbals who were particularly impressive. • Not only did Jonesborough (Tenn.) David Crockett linebacker Prince Kollie have the most impres- sive performance among the Notre Dame commits, he's a finalist for the 2020 Tennessee Mr. Football award and was named a high school semi- finalist for the Butkus Award, which honors the country's best linebacker. Kollie was outstanding in his first full year as a starter at linebacker, re- cording 109 total stops, 11 tackles for loss, one interception and four passes defended in 12 games. He mainly played safety as a junior in 2019 and moved to linebacker full time for his senior campaign and dominated. Kollie rarely came out of the game for David Crockett. At running back, he had 181 carries for 1,562 yards and 26 scores, and had 13 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Rivals bumped Kollie up from three- to four-star status in early De- cember, and the 6-2, 205-pounder made his debut in the Rivals250 na- tional rankings at No. 239. He's also ranked as the No. 16 outside line- backer nationally and the No. 6 pros- pect in the state of Tennessee. • During his junior season in 2019, Fridley (Minn.) Totino-Grace's Joe Alt played tight end and was getting looks by colleges at the position. But as time went on and Alt continued to grow, it became clear that he would play offensive tackle at the next level. His background as a blocking tight end with superb athleticism suggests a natural transition for Alt to tackle at Notre Dame. Alt still played some tight end dur- ing his senior season, but was virtu- ally a sixth offensive lineman in those instances. When playing against four-man fronts, he'd play tight end, and versus a three-man front, he slid inside to tackle. Alt played his junior season at 230 pounds, but was closer to 280 pounds this fall. The biggest question going into the season was how he'd play with all of his extra weight, but it quickly became apparent that he didn't lose any of his athleticism and was much stronger than last year. Rivals bumped him from the low three-star designation (5.5 Rivals rat- ing) to a mid-three-star rating (5.6), but the analysts still may be over- looking Alt. He has the potential to be Notre Dame's best offensive line- man in what is a loaded group for the Irish in the 2021 class. • Metairie (La.) Rummel running back Logan Diggs' senior season only lasted eight games, but he made the most of his limited opportunities. He totaled 139 carries for 903 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also scored on a pair of receptions and a kickoff return. Diggs flashed his excellent vision, patience and ability to break tackles — and maybe he has gotten faster, too. Rivals ranks Diggs as the No. 13 player in the state of Louisiana and the No. 22 running back in the coun- try. His stock is rising heading into his Notre Dame career. • Merrillville (Ind.) High athlete JoJo Johnson is a newer name for Notre Dame fans, committing after the completion of his 2020 season. He was impressive on both sides of the ball this fall, though. Merrillville did not record de- fensive statistics, but he had an im- pressive season at cornerback. On offense, he had 49 receptions for 895 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games, leading the Pirates to the semifinals of the class 6A Indiana state playoffs. Rivals lists Johnson as the No. 13 prospect in Indiana and with a mid- three-star designation (5.6), but the 5-11, 170-pounder has upside that excites the Irish coaching staff. • Pickerington (Central) Ohio does not record stats, but its star player had a big season. Lorenzo Styles, who Rivals ranks as the No. 6 wide receiver and No. 51 overall prospect nationally, played a huge role in the Tigers reaching the Division 1 Ohio state title game. The 6-1, 170-pounder scored on several return touchdowns and made plays in the receiving game, but what may have been most impressive were the highlights he produced as a cor- nerback. Styles is one of the most ver- satile athletes in the entire country. He is enrolling early at Notre Dame and should be a top candidate at punt returner from day one. ✦ Jonesborough (Tenn.) David Crockett's Prince Kollie, the No. 16 outside linebacker and No. 239 overall recruit in the country per Rivals, is a finalist for the 2020 Tennessee Mr. Football award. PHOTO BY MIKE SINGER Progress Reports: Five Notre Dame Commits Who Have Improved Their Stock

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