Kizer says 'Notre Dame exceeded everything'
Quarterback DeShone Kizer of Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic ended his recruitment on Tuesday afternoon when he chose Notre Dame over LSU, Alabama and Tennessee. "My family finally had a Sunday where we didn't have anything scheduled yet," Kizer said. "We all knew that was when we wanted to visited Notre Dame." "As you can imagine the visit went so well," Kizer said. "We were pretty much blown away by the experience. The academics spoke for itself, but everything else was incredible as well. It exceeded everything my family and I were looking for in a school." Kizer said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly sold the entire package of being Irish to Kizer and his family. "I got a chance to speak with Coach Kelly for about an hour during my visit," Kizer said. "The first 30 minutes he explained the tradition of Notre Dame and then he talked about how I could help the team." "He did a lot of research on me before offering," Kizer said. "He really likes my character and my leadership ability. It's not just about your talent when you go to Notre Dame. He described that exactly how my family wanted to hear it." For the 6-foot-5, 205-pound quarterback, the coaching staff and academics were the two main reasons he pledged Irish. "Coach Kelly is a mastermind of the spread offense and the pro-style offense," Kizer said. "I can play both and use my legs and arm to help the team." Kizer left Notre Dame on Sunday night, and mulled over committing to the Irish the past day and a half. "As soon as we got back in the car, my family knew that was a special place," Kizer said. "We spent the last couple of days thinking about it, and in the end, we knew no school could match what Notre Dame has. It's the full package." Kizer's commitment phone call to Coach Kelly was one he'll likely never forget. "I called Coach Kelly up today, and he was in an offensive meeting with the Patriots," Kizer said. "Word got around the table to Tom Brady and Tim Tebow that I was committing, and they congratulated me and told me they wouldn't let the secret out." "That was so cool because you have Tom Brady who is one of the best pro-style quarterbacks of all time, and Tim Tebow who is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks to ever come out of college, and Coach Kelly who is the best at coaching both types. It was a little ironic." With recruitment over, Kizer can now focus on preparing for the Elite 11 this summer. He will no longer visit LSU this weekend. "I'm focused on the Elite 11 this summer and learning that playbook right now and then having another successful season my senior year," Kizer said. "I'll be up again to Notre Dame on June 20. I am also looking forward to pushing this top five class that we have forward and getting some great wide receivers to go along with Justin (Brent)." "It's a sense of relief to have committed," Kizer said. "It was a crazy process with ups and downs, but it's all good now that I'm committed to a school that was a no-brainier and is the best school possible for me to go to." Kizer is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 15 quarterback in the 2014 class.
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