One player showing signs of being a player of high interest for the Irish is safety Andrew Arand. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety is showing the same signs as former safety prospects Luke Kuechly and Fred Craig.
At 6-foot-2, Arand has the height college programs will be looking for. Right now, he is on the light side at 195-pounds, but has a frame that should get bigger and stronger in the coming years. In action, Arand looks to have above average speed but we do not have a actual time on him.
Having seen Arand in multiple games this season he has opened our eyes in each contest. He has good body control and does a good job of showing on field quickness.
Unlike Luke Kuechly, Arand looks to be more of a true safety prospect instead of a player who will grow into a linebacker. While he has yet to show the hitting ability Craig or Kuechly showed in their senior years, we have another year to watch and see what develops.
Arand shows good foot quickness and the ability to run with receivers out of his back pedal. At the high school level, he has shown the ability to cover ground and can come up in run support providing a sure handed tackle.
For the Irish To Get Serious
Look for Notre Dame to be in contact with Arand and look to have him visit for Junior Days and camp. With his team making another run in the playoffs, Arand has been able to get increased reps and taking his game up a notch.
One thing every college program knows about kids out of St. Xavier is the quality of competition they have been played. Look for college programs to look at a few films with some looking to offer early. Arand has work to be done, but has shown continued growth this season.