Irish Eyes was on hand to watch Grace and has the following breakdown of his game.
Jarrett Grace is listed at 6-foot-4, 240-pounds. These are legit sizes for the senior linebacker who will fit in nicely with the Irish 3-4 defensive scheme. While we do not have an accurate forty time, he shows great explosion and the ability to move very well.
While Grace lines up at the middle linebacker position in high school, his overall athletic ability will allow Notre Dame to keep him in the middle, or move him outside or even up on the line. Grace shows above average quickness, and does a great job of keeping his balance as he sheds blockers looking to make a tackle. One area he excels is agility with the ability to go sideline-to-sideline while keeping offensive linemen and backs away from his feet.
We went to watch Grace in week one and did not get to see him on the field as Colerain decided to hold him out with a slight knee injury. While Grace is still wearing a lightweight brace, he looks as if he has full mobility. We do not feel Grace is a kid who would have injury issues.
Right Kind Of Guy
Grace is a Brian Kelly "RKG" on and off the field. On the field, you do not see him making mistakes that cost his team and off the field, he has always been one of the best to deal with.
Grace may not "Wow" you when you watch him play, but he does a great job of being in position to make plays and is at the top of his team's production each week. On Saturday night, he posted eight total tackles getting credit for a half tackle for loss.
Where Does He Play
Grace is one of those guys who can fill a couple of position at the college level. Does he stay at middle linebacker? Does Grace move to the outside or even up to the line and put his hand down on the edge? We will have to wait until he reports and see where he fits in the Irish defensive scheme.
I have had the chance to watch Grace grow over the past couple of seasons. Each year improvement to his game has been seen in all areas. I like the way Jarrett is able to shed and flow with the action of the play without getting caught up in the trash. Jarrett also does a great job of stepping up and filling the hole and use his arm length to pull ball carriers back towards him to make the tackle. Right now, I feel Jarrett is in between a power play and finesse player. Nevertheless, we will learn soon enough the direction he is going to take once he gets on campus.