Irish 'fulfill all requirements' for Kizer
An offer that could be considered a long time coming, finally came through for four-star quarterback DeShone Kizer of Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic. "Coach Martin contacted my high school coach yesterday and told me to give him a call today," Kizer said. "I called him after football practice today, and he offered. Coach Kelly was out of town at a dinner at Grand Valley State, but Coach Martin said he didn't want to wait for him to get back to offer me, so he did it himself." "I'm very excited about this offer," Kizer said. "Notre Dame fulfills all the requirements that I'm looking for in a school. My family came up with a formula for how we are going to decide. Coaching staff is number one, style of offense is number two, academics is number three, and location is number four. Notre Dame is an excellent fit for all of those. I still have a top five of Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee, and no favorites out of those until I visit." "Notre Dame has a great style of offense," Kizer said. "They combine the pro-style and spread so well and that's an exact combination of my skills. On 1st and 10, they may run a double tight end set and then the next play have an empty backfield. I want to be able to extend plays with my legs, and I can do that at Notre Dame." Kizer said he was hoping Notre Dame would offer for quite some time, but he appreciated how honest offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was throughout the entire process. "Coach Martin tells me exactly how it is," Kizer said. "We haven't had a lot of conversations, but the ones that we've had have been really good and we've covered a lot of ground. Coach Kelly and Coach Martin told me that they did a lot of research of me and they liked what they saw and the feedback that they got. They are Midwest guys and they talked with coaches that have offered me and coaches that have seen me in camps. They even talked with coaches that I have played against. The more they learned about me, the more the liked." "They believe that I have what it takes to be a quarterback and football player at Notre Dame," Kizer said. "They emphasize leadership at that position, and they think that I have what it takes. They think I am great person on and off the field." Kizer has definite plans to visit LSU and most likely Notre Dame, but visits to Alabama, Tennessee, and Ohio State are "still up in the air." "I am visiting LSU this Friday, and I may visit Notre Dame on Monday," Kizer said. "I haven't talked about it with my parents, but that's what Coach Martin and I talked about. We'll see if I make it to the other three schools in my top five." Ohio State is now the lone school that has yet to offer Kizer in his top five. "Coach Meyer called my coach yesterday and had an hour conversation with him," Kizer said. "He wants me to camp at Ohio State, so he can see the progress that I have made since last season, but I'm not sure that's something that I'm going to do. I am supposed to call him today or tomorrow." Could Kizer commit before he rounds out visiting his top five? "Not at all,"Kizer said on if he minded committing on the spot. "If I feel like it's the right place for me, I will end it and commit right there. I plan on being committed in three weeks." Kizer is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 13 quarterback in 2014.
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