Kenny McIntosh ranks among the top offensive skill position players in Florida from the 2019 class.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back has been in touch with Notre Dame’s running backs coach Autry Denson and the two have been getting to know each other. Before this weekend’s visit, McIntosh wasn’t sure about the Irish football program after last season’s 4-8 disaster.
But the Blue-Gold Game gave McIntosh a new outlook on Notre Dame football.
“I enjoyed watching the game and seeing my brother go out there and compete,” McIntosh said. “It looks like the defense is going to be good this year. They look pretty decent this year. I really like the quarterback, (Brandon) Wimbush.”
Offensive coordinator Chip Long has added his up-tempo approach to Brian Kelly’s playbook. The increased inclusion of running backs in the passing game, and the performance they had on Saturday, impressed McIntosh.
“I’m a running back and I like how they used the running backs this year,” McIntosh said. “They were out there running routes and I really liked that. I really like coach Denson and that he was a running back there.”
The Irish are in a battle with Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Alabama and others for McIntosh’s services. Making a good impression on the Florida running back was important.
“The campus is amazing,” McIntosh said. “I really enjoyed the day. I actually loved it. Coach Denson was talking to me about what’s best for me and how I would fit in their offense. I definitely want to come up there for a game during the season.
“They’re definitely in my top 5.”
Of course, impressing McIntosh during his time in South Bend was a win for Notre Dame, but the talented back is still without an offer. McIntosh addressed the situation.
“Not yet, I’m just texting coach Denson now,” McIntosh said. “I asked him but he hasn’t texted me back yet.”
Given that McIntosh is just finishing his sophomore year, the Irish have time to assess his talent and intangibles. And considering McIntosh’s fit as a running back with wide receiver skills, this player nicknamed “The Blueprint” would appear to be an eventual offer match with his brother’s program.