Four-star linebacker to compete with a host of returning, but unproven Irish backups inside.
Jarrett Grace (ILB – 6'4/230):
Enters a position with depth in numbers but not yet proven commodities behind the starting duo of Te'o and Calabrese…Will have a dogfight on his hands for three-deep playing time in Year One but ranks as an ideal height/weight prospect for Bob Diaco's defense inside after a full season in the Paul Longo strength program…The only ILB recruit among the 22 members of the 2011 class…One of five four-star recruits among the class as designated by Scout.com, joining DB prospect Eilar Hardy
with that ranking on the defensive side of scrimmage.
Kelly recruiting profile: Big Skill
Returning inside linebackers: Carlo Calabrese, Dan Fox (also OLB), Anthony McDonald, Kendall Moore, David Posluszny, Danny Spond (also OLB), Manti Te'o
Baumhower on Grace: He has kind of flown under the radar with Notre Dame fans, but don't be surprised if he's the next top linebacker this staff produces.
Berk on Grace: Another Cincinnati-area player Brian Kelly and his assistants that joined him at Notre Dame had a chance to watch grow over the years. Grace comes from Colerain High School and Kelly has had a few players from the Cardinals do some great things for him on the field. Grace should be no different as he brings great physical size and athletic ability.
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