Kizer embracing leadership role
Notre Dame four-star quarterback commit DeShone Kizer of Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic took in his first Notre Dame game last Saturday when the Irish welcomed the Oklahoma Sooners into town. "It went well," Kizer said. "I had a great time. It was my first game visit, so there was a lot to experience. I got there Saturday morning and it was nice to see the team and the coaches again. The fans were pumped up for the game, and there was a lot of energy just everywhere." Other commits on hand Saturday included 2014 tight end Nic Weishar and wide receiver Justin Brent, as well as 2015 offensive tackle commit Jerry Tillery. "I shook hands with the other commits, and it was nice to meet Nic Weishar for the first time," Kizer said. "Justin Brent and I sat next to each other during the game, and it's nice to know we're on the same page on where we stand with Notre Dame." Of the uncommitted visitors present, junior tight end Alize Jones of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman headlined the group. Jones is a five-star prospect and ranked as the No. 1 tight end in the class of 2015 by Scout.com. "I talked with Alize Jones for a while," Kizer said. "He's a big tight end that could be a great addition in the 2015 class. Once again, I just told him to take the approach of visiting as many schools as he can. The only other really big visit he's taken so far is to UCLA. The West Coast isn't really for me, and Notre Dame and UCLA are very different. But, I told him that's how you see how special Notre Dame is... you visit a lot of other places, so you can compare." "I told Alize how much tight ends are involved in the offense at Notre Dame and how much goes through the quarterback," Kizer added. "I want to get the ball in the hands of my best playmakers, and what I've seen from his film, he's a playmaker." The 6-foot-5, 205 quarterback has built a strong relationship with head coach Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, and he was able to build upon that on Saturday. "Obviously, Coach Martin and Coach Kelly were disappointed after the game, but Coach Martin said they saw a lot of good things out there, too," Kizer said. "He said they have a really young corp group of guys, especially at the wide receiver position. We talked about the game too, without those two almost fluke interceptions, it could have been a completely different game." "Coach Marin and I talk at least twice a week, and we talk about how our teams and how we're working to get better," Kizer said. Kizer has led Central Catholic to a 5-0 start. They take on cross-town rival St. Francis de Sales this Friday. "It feels great," Kizer said. "We've got things rolling, and it's been kind of a snowball affect. We're all on the same page, and the young guys are doing their jobs." In his last two games, Kizer has completed 28-of-44 passes and accounted for five touchdowns. "I've kind of taken a completely different approach," Kizer said. "We're taking a lot of shots down field. We have a lot more Hail Mary's in our play-calling. I'm not focused so much on completions. Of course I want to find the right guys, but I'm just trying to make plays. That's the main thing. The completion percentage will take care of itself if I'm out there competing." Kizer plans to be back in Notre Dame for another game this season. The contest vs. USC is a possibility, but still up in the air since Central Catholic holds homecoming that weekend.
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