Class of 2018
Position: Tight end
Top offers: Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin
Tight ends and Notre Dame have fit together just fine in recent years, a recent dip in production at the position notwithstanding. Kyle Rudolph, Tyler Eifert, John Carlson and Anthony Fasano are just a few recent notables at the position. Takacs has the look of a potential dual-purpose tight end. There are clips in junior highlights of Takacs attached to the line blocking effectively. He also splits out wide and uses his size effectively in the pass game. Takacs isn’t a burner in terms of speed, but runs well for a player his size.
“Takacs is a well-rounded tight end prospect that does a little bit of everything when placing his hand in the dirt. He flashes nice hand placement and a strong initial punch when assisting as a run blocker, and plays with aggression until the play is whistled dead. Takacs is not the type of tight end that's going to blow the top off the defense and really stretch the field, but he does a nice job of finding his spot and providing a big target for the quarterback. Takacs shows good effort after completing the catch, and impresses with the ability to pump his legs and break through wimpy arm tackles.” — Corey Bender, Scout.com Florida recruiting analyst
Three programs have risen to the top for Takacs in recent weeks: Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin. But with Notre Dame in the mix that top group will likely grow to four. All early indications have been the Irish will be a serious player. Wisconsin is scheduled to get a visit this month. Don’t be surprised if a trip to South Bend gets scheduled in short order.
Autry Denson, Chip Long
One. Tight end is a luxury position in the Class of 2018. Notre Dame signed two — four-star prospects Brock Wright and Cole Kmet — in the previous cycle. Both were rated as top five prospects at the position. Adding one to what’s going to be a small class isn’t a necessity. But in the interest of accumulating talent, and with new offensive coordinator Chip Long a fan of multiple tight end sets, there’s no need to rule out bringing in another at this stage of the process.
Patrick Freiermuth, Mustapha Muhammad, Jeremy Ruckert