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Irish A-to-Z: Kurt Hinish

Hinish, along with teammate and fellow Irish signee David Adams, helped lead Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School to a 14-2 record and the PIAA 6A state title.

Position: Defensive tackle

National Ranking: All the major recruiting outlets were in the same ballpark with Hinish -- Scout (No. 28 DT), ESPN.com (No. 26 DT), Rivals.com (No. 38 DT), 247Sports.com (No. 41 DT).

Irish Illustrated Rank: The 12th-rated prospect in the 21-man 2017 class with a high ranking of 3rd and a low of 18th.

Likelihood of Freshman Red-shirt: Medium

2017 PATH TO PLAYING TIME

Opportunity abounds for any young player who can emerge along Notre Dame’s defensive interior. Red-shirt junior Jonathan Bonner emerged in the spring as the leader on the depth chart at defensive tackle, but that’s subject to change if red-shirt sophomore Elijah Taylor can recover from a significant foot injury. Hinish likely will have to get past fellow freshman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and a couple of undistinguished upperclassmen for playing time.

LONG-TERM PROJECTION

Considered predominately a three-technique during the recruiting process, Hinish offers some up-the-field quickness to fit defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s one-gap preference. Hinish could be a nose tackle prospect as well, but with the arrival of Darnell Ewell and the verbal commitment of Ja’mion Franklin, Hinish ultimately should compete for the defensive tackle spot.

PLAYER COMPARISON

B.J. Scott was a 6-foot-3, 290-pounder out of Brookville, Ind. in 1996. Scott flipped between the defensive and offensive line in his first three years with the Irish before settling in along the defensive front. In 2000 as a fifth-year senior, Scott helped form a defensive line with Anthony Weaver, Lance Legree and Ryan Roberts. He started 10 games, finishing with 27 tackles, 4½ sacks and seven tackles for loss.

QUOTABLE

“He’s a very passionate football player. He’s great at the point of attack. He’s exceptional at coming off the football. He’s an extremely powerful, athletic football player with multi-position ability from defensive tackle to nose guard to defensive end. He’s one of my favorite guys that I’ve ever recruited.”  -- Mike Elston

“He was a kid that we felt fit us from the beginning with his athleticism and his toughness. He has an immediate ability to come in and play.”  -- Mike Elko


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