Future Irish Targets Shine

With Ohio's coveted Mr. Football ahead of them, these three future prospects show Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline could be in line to win a fourth state title in 2011. Learn about these Fighting Irish players who might be hearing from Notre Dame in the near future.

There is no mistake on the talent possessed by senior running back Akise Teague. Winner of Ohio's top player honor of Mr. Football, Teague put on a performance this past Saturday in the Division V Championship game to be remembered. However, three future prospects stood out and are players to be watched in the coming years.

Junior Jesse Curry will take his place in the Fighting Irish offense next season with the absence of Teague. Saturday, Curry showed he will look to add his touch from the running back position next season with a solid performance as he rushed for 113 yards on ten carries and a touchdown.

Jesse Curry

While that would be exciting enough, the fact Curry made 6.5 tackles (1 sack, 2 tackles for loss) and a pass break-up, makes him a dual threat prospect. Trevor Smith will look to continue his progress from the linebacker position. While Smith may only stand 5-foot-9, 192-pounds, he showed Saturday that he is a player to watch with his overall athletic ability. Also, look for Smith to get some reps at running back next season as he was given three carries for thirteen yards to go with his 1.5 tackles.

Trevor Smith

Sophomore Tramain Thigpen fits the same mold of Curry and Smith as a running back / linebacker prospect. On Saturday, Thigpen showed his ability at linebacker and running back as he turned in a solid performance on defense with four tackles and a pass break-up to join his offensive stats (9 carries, 72 yards) during Ursuline's championship win.

Tramain Thigpen #25

Irish Eyes will continue to follow these future prospects and learn about any interest Notre Dame may show in them.


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