IE Quick Take: Rashad Kinlaw

New Jersey native Rashad Kinlaw wasted little time in accepting Notre Dame's scholarship offer after his visit. recruiting analyst Dave Berk gives his initial take on one of the newest members of the Irish 2013 class.

The need for help in the defensive backfield is a major priority for Brian Kelly and his Notre Dame coaching staff.

With the pledge of Rashad Kinlaw the Irish are getting a player capable of helping in the years to come.


On film it is easy to see why many feel the Irish stole Kinlaw when they received his verbal pledge. A great athlete with speed and the ability to be fluid in his movements should give the Irish a player they can mold at corner.

Add in the fact Kinlaw was willing to move to the defensive side of the ball after showing solid offensive skills shows his willingness to do what is best for the program.

Kinlaw is a safe pledge as he could always be moved back over to offense if the need arises and could be look upon to play special roles on special teams.


Some will have concerns about Kinlaw making the change from quarterback to cornerback when he arrives on campus. Those around him feel he'll have no problem making the adjustment and the fact he's expected to get time at the position during his senior season will keep him from coming in totally cold from a technique standpoint.


The Irish love long and lean defensive backs and Kinlaw will add to that when he arrives on campus. Has great physical size and the ability to play in space is huge in the Irish 3-4 defensive scheme. Having posted an electronic 4.4 during a camp will give the Irish a player with great speed who should be able to cover any receiver the Irish put him up against. Top Stories