Incoming Irish: Rashad Kinlaw

Cornerback Rashad Kinlaw of Absecon (N.J.) Absegami has been working to return to full form this summer since suffering a serious injury a year ago. His head coach, Dennis Scuderi, talks about Kinlaw's approach to the game and what he he'll bring to the table for Notre Dame.

Rashad Kinlaw isn't big on talking, but he's not shy about showing his love for the game.

"His speed and athletic ability is hard to match," Kinlaw's head coach Dennis Scuderi said. "He's what I would call a football freak. He's a junkie. He would come into our high school football staff meetings on Sunday mornings. Rashad just loves being around the game."

Kinlaw projects at cornerback at Notre Dame, and he's got the raw intangibles and mental mindset to excel at that position.

"He played all cornerback for us," Scuderi said. "Last year, he played safety for two or three games, no quarterback, but his game is built for corner right now.

"He's such a hard hitter,"Scuderi said. "He changes direction so quickly, so he uses that momentum to carry him into the hit. He's added weight, he's up to 6-foot-3, 185-195 pounds. At that size, and he's been timed at an electronic 4.4 in the 40, he'll strike you."

Last June, Kinlaw suffered a fractured fibula while playing for the U.S. Under-19 National Team in a game against American Samoa in Austin, Texas. The injury hindered him most of last season.

"Towards the end of the fall season, Rashad was back to around 70 or 80 percent," Scuderi said. "He's back to 100 percent now. Or, at least he says he is. He's the type of kid that didn't want to admit he had a pretty serious injury and didn't want to come home from Texas."

Kinalw picked Notre Dame over the likes of Maryland, Nebraska and North Carolina State.

"Anytime Notre Dame offers a kid from anywhere in the country, it at least piques the interest of the prospect," Scuderi said. "The tradition, prestige, all of that, Rashad really liked all of that."

Kinlaw was ranked as three-star prospect and as the No. 26 cornerback in the final rankings for 2013. Top Stories