CoachSpeak: Alexander Breaks Down Prosise

Woodberry Forest (Va.) School's C.J. Prosise committed to Notre Dame late Thursday night, and this morning his coach, Clint Alexander, gave a scouting report on the newest member of the Irish's 2012 class. Interestingly, he also provided some thought-provoking material by saying Prosise may not be come to Notre Dame to play safety.

Wisconsin offered C.J. Prosise earlier in the day and Virginia and Maryland were at the school for a spring evaluation, but despite never setting foot on Notre Dame's campus, the 6-foot-2, 206-pound Woodberry Forest (Va.) School standout committed to the Irish late Thursday night.

And while conventional wisdom suggests the Irish recruited Prosise to play safety, Woodberry Forest coach Clint Alexander said there are whispers of Prosise playing receiver.

"I've heard rumors from some of the coaches that (Notre Dame) coach (Brian) Kelly was starting to talk about him as a receiver," Alexander said. "But I think it depends now what the coaching staff is looking at. Coach Kelly is an offensive guy. Who knows?

"He can make an impact on either side, plus be a special teams player."

Last season Prosise registered 40 tackles, intercepted seven passes and scored four times on kick returns, but also impacted the program as a receiver.

"He does a lot of things well," Alexander said. "He's very, very athletic. As a safety, he tracks the ball really well in the air. He goes off the hash (marks) to the sideline better than anybody I've ever had. He was second in the state in the 100 meters. He ran a 10.9 in the finals and he just turned 17. He gained 16 pounds since the fall, he's 206 and he's running faster than he's ever run.

"He's a kick and punt returner, incredibly explosive. He's very dangerous in those positions as well, and as a receiver he can go up over anybody and catch the ball and do special things when he hits the ground. We ask a lot out of him, and he‘s been great about it."

At this point, Alexander said, Prosise's best position is free safety.

"Just because he covers so much ground," Alexander said. "Any ball down the field, he's going to get to."

It isn't only what Prosise brings from a physical standpoint that is impressive. He honed his leadership skills playing on the same team as Stanford safety Ed Reynolds, and is not one of Woodberry Forest's captains.

"Great character kid," Alexander said. "He's probably the most effervescent captain I've ever had. Whatever group he's around in practice, the morale improves just by C.J. being there. He's got that kind of personality. He's very positive, very outgoing, and very exciting to be around." Top Stories