IE Quick Take: C.J. Prosise

C.J. Prosise became the eighth member of Notre Dame's recruiting class for 2012 with his verbal pledge on Thursday night.

With one safety prospect already on board, C.J. Prosise of Woodberry Forest (VA) High School wasted little time in letting the Irish know he was ready to be added to the recruiting class of 2012. With great size and the ability to be a return specialist at the next level, Prosise fills the bill for the Irish as they continue to build their defensive backfield.

What To Like

Prosise has great physical size at 6-foot-2, 192-pounds at the safety position. Give him a summer in Paul Longo's strength program and he should be sitting at over 200-pounds with more explosion and physical strength.

On film the first thing that stands out is his ability to go up and get the football out of the air. While that is good enough to be excited about, it's what he's able to do once the ball is in his hands that makes him a special player.

The ability to stop and start without losing his forward movement shows a high level athlete who should be able to come out of a back pedal quickly with a quick burst.

What May Concern You

On the film we viewed we did not get a chance to see a player that came up in run support. While I'm sure he has done this, it does not make most highlight films. We also did not see C.J. in a blitzing situation. Some small fine tuning will be needed, but overall there are not that many concerns.

Bottom Line

For a safety prospect C.J. shows solid coverage skills and some great instincts. On several plays we find a player capable of flipping his hips, turning and running with receivers out of his back pedal. We also see a player with the ability to play the ball in the air like a receiver and make the catch and run for a positive play.

C.J. will be a player worth watching more in the coming months as he plays his senior season and continues to develop his skill set. Add in the ability to be a return man or even to play on the offensive side of the ball as a wide receiver and Notre Dame has just received a verbal pledge from one of the top athletes out of the East.


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