Brian Kelly held his annual Signing Day press conference on Wednesday during which he gave a full run down of each and every member of the 24 recruit class the Irish signed. Here are some highlights on what Kelly had to say about the haul of elite talent he and his staff collected on the offensive side of the ball with this year’s class.
Tristen Hoge – OC
What separates Tristen for us is a true center. So this is a unique player in the sense that he’s already been groomed for this position at the offensive center position. Shotgun snapped his entire high school career and really feel like we’ve got a guy that has got a great upside coming in at the center position.
Josh Adams – RB
He has not played a lot of football, and at 6‑2, 210 pounds, we think he can be with the speed that he possesses, we think he can be whatever he wants to be. We can’t wait to develop him. Great speed, great size, and has the ability with our weight training to be that kind of big, physical back that we are looking for.
Miles Boykin – WR
Can use his body extremely well. Great catching radius. Can go up with the football. He can separate. We just think that he gives you a great match‑up on the perimeter. Sometimes when you don’t have that 6‑4 quarterback and you can’t see those drives and digs, you’ve got to get the ball outside and he gives us a great target and we are looking forward to working with miles.
Jalen Guyton – WR
We see him as a versatile player that can play the X, the Z or the W. We can move him around. He’s got that kind of versatility, and that’s what Allen did with him, as well. They moved him around. In his senior year, he played mostly the W position. But we love his versatility. We love his ability to catch the football in traffic and his toughness, great size at 6‑1, 185 and he’s got the frame to get stronger.
Aliz’e Jones – TE
We think he’s‑‑ in our evaluations, we’ve been recruiting him since his sophomore year. We think he’s the finest tight end in the country and we think that we’ve had some great tight ends here and we think he’s going to be another one of the great tight ends that have played here at Notre Dame.
Trevor Ruhland – OL
What really we loved about Trevor is his toughness. Two‑way player, never came off the field, and we were looking for an interior guy that really fit our style of play and somebody that was going to play every play and never takes a play off, goes to the echo of the whistle and maybe past the whistle.
CJ Sanders – WR
He’s a guy that can open up the game for you with one missed tackle, because you won’t be able to catch him. Elite speed and as I said, a true slot receiver, one that we haven’t had, really, since Robby Toma. He’s got really good instincts and a guy that we’re looking forward to really developing.
Equanimeous St. Brown – WR
So another very rangy wide receiver who can run. He can get in and out of his break, another match‑up guy that I think you’re going to have problems with now. You’ve got Miles Boykin and Equanimeous with great size, and then a very dynamic player in C.J. Sanders, and then Jalen Guyton, probably one of the most productive receivers at the highest level.
Dexter Williams – RB
We were looking to get a second back in this class, and we felt like Dexter gave us that break away back that we wanted, and his second‑level speed. But his quickness into the hole and then acceleration, one of the things that separated him from the other backs that we recruited. And we love his family, his mom and dad were extremely supportive of him leaving Florida and coming up here.
Brandon Wimbush – QB
He’s got a great skill set. I love his footwork. What we liked early on when we watched him, it changed in his senior year. He became more disciplined at everything he did. His coaching staff did a great job of really working on his footwork. He’s got a strong arm. He’s a great one runner he’s a duel threat, he possesses all the tools to run the offense at its highest level, so just a special player.
Justin Yoon – K
Somebody that will impact us probably more than maybe any one player on this roster is Justin Yoon. Justin out of Milton Academy is going to be our kicker and he’ll come in and start right away. We think he’s the best kicker in the country. We’ve got a chance to evaluate all the kickers that are out there.