Irish Eyes Take – Brad Carrico

As the first member of the Class of 2011, Brad Carrico is a player the Notre Dame coaching staff is very familiar with. We give you our take on Carrico as a recruit and look at his Irish future.

Brad Carrico is no stranger to several of the coaches at Notre Dame. In fact he knows them well as he first had a chance to be recruited by Tim Hinton and Brian Kelly when they were at Cincinnati. Since Kelly's hire, Carrico has often been thought of as one of the first possible pledges and did so after his Irish Junior Day visit.

Irish Eyes gives you our take on Carrico.

What To Like:

Brad Carrico of Dublin (Ohio) Coffman High School is really a good first step for the Class of 2011. Based in the backyard of Ohio State, Carrico is the first piece of the puzzle the Irish hope to pull out of the Buckeyes backyard. A high school defensive and offensive lineman, Carrico projects as a future offensive lineman for the Irish as he's built with a great long frame. While he's not super explosive as an defensive lineman, his feet and lateral movement make him a great offensive line prospect. While he could play tackle at 6-foot-5, he looks more like a guard at this time. Already at 250-pounds +, Carrico will be able to place weight on his frame without giving up athletic ability.

What May Concern You:

The biggest area of concern is the changing of positions. As you can see in his Junior Highlights, Carrico has played a lot of defensive end in high school. Once on campus he'll have to work hard in getting down the finer details of technique for an offensive lineman.

Bottom Line:

Throw out star rankings when looking at Carrico. The position he plays in high school and where he projects doesn't really allow for a clear evaluation as an offensive lineman. The frame and size are there and he's athletic enough to make a change without any issues. Getting a player out of Ohio as the first member of the class should give other Ohio players a positive look at the Irish. The Notre Dame staff had Carrico down as one of the more important prospects in the class and got their man.

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