WHAT NOTRE DAME HAS
When you think Jordan Pouncey, think RKG in Brian Kelly coach-speak. On and off the field, Pouncey projects as an excellent fit in South Bend.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver from Winter Garden (Fla.) can play multiple receiver positions in Notre Dame’s offensive scheme, including slot. His best fit may come on the wide side of the field as a deep threat. Pouncey possesses good body control and good hands and will make defenses pay if he wins the battle at the line.
WHY IT MATTERS
Scout rates Pouncey as a three-star prospect but his offer list suggests four-star status.
Pouncey chose Notre Dame over offers from Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Boston College, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Autry Denson did an outstanding job setting the stage for Pouncey prior to his Notre Dame visit. Once Pouncey was on campus for Irish Invasion, Notre Dame sold itself.
Denson is only in his second year on the recruiting trail for Notre Dame in Florida, and he’s already pulling talent away from the Hurricanes and Gators. Check back in three years, and we’ll bet the Seminoles will have lost a battle or two to the Irish running backs coach.
WHAT NOTRE DAME WANTS
Notre Dame wants to sign three or four wide receivers this cycle.
If Notre Dame could close out its wide receiver class with Tarik Black, Hezekiah Jones and Osiris St. Brown, that would be a homerun. That’s a realistic finish, too, as of today. Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral three-star receiver Jamire Calvin is also in the mix. If UCLA offers and pursues, the Bruins could emerge as the team to beat for Calvin.
Athlete C.J. Holmes, who Irish Illustrated predicts to announce for Notre Dame at The Opening, is being recruited primarily for the backfield but has the tools to become a viable pass-catching option.
Notre Dame has ideal talent and depth at wide receiver, one of the best positions Notre Dame has recruited in the Kelly era.
Torii Hunter Jr. enters his senior season this fall and technically could come back for a fifth-year in 2017, although he seems on track for a breakout that takes him into the NFL Draft next spring.
Corey Holmes, C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown all have three years remaining, while Miles Boykin, Chase Claypool, Javon McKinley and Kevin Stepherson have four. That means Notre Dame's next group of receivers, including Pouncey, will face a fight for playing time early in their careers.