Irish Eyes' Take: Bennett Okotcha

Bennett Okotcha surprised some when he received his Notre Dame offer. Irish Eyes gives you its take on the newest verbal pledge.

Some may have scratched their heads when Bennett Okotcha picked up an offer from Notre Dame.

While Okotcha had a couple of programs in hot pursuit, he did not wait long after picking up the offer from Brian Kelly.

So what should you like about Bennett Okotcha?

What should concern you?

And what is the bottom line on the newest Irish defensive back pledge.

What To Like

On film, you have to like the way Bennett shows natural instincts for the receivers pass routes. He shows good foot quickness with balance and quickness in his backpedal while being able to flip his hips, turn, and run with receivers.

What May Concern You

Some will question the lack of any of the top programs in Texas offering Bennett. While this is at times an issue, the fact Okotcha plays at a high level in one of the top talent producing states makes this a little less of a concern.

Bottom Line

Bennett Okotcha reminds me of another defensive back Brian Kelly coached while at Cincinnati in Mike Mickens. Mickens was a 5-foot-11, 165-pound blue-collar defensive back who was not afraid to hit, but could cover any team's top receiver and shut them down.

Fluid in motion with a great burst to close, Okotcha should be able to enter Notre Dame and provide solid competition early.


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