Football recruiting at Notre Dame: Five-star QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, commits to Irish over Michigan

Football recruiting at Notre Dame: Five-star QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, commits to Irish over Michigan

Football recruiting at Notre Dame: Five-star QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, commits to Irish over Michigan

Notre Dame got a commitment from a five-star quarterback in the 2024 class on Thursday when CJ Carr announced his college choice live on CBS Sports HQ. Carr chose the Fighting Irish over Michigan, Michigan State and others as freshman Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman continues an impressive streak of early successes on the hiring path.

Carr’s dedication to Notre Dame is noteworthy, as he is the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who coached the Wolverines to the 1997 title. However, Carr will write a new legacy for the family in South Bend, Indiana. As in the case of Arch Manning, the 2023 star quarterback, the Carr family appears to have prioritized an open hiring process over family ties during the hiring process.

“Michigan will always have a special place in my heart — we’re a family from Michigan — but I’m very excited to be a part of Notre Dame,” Carr told CBS Sports HQ. “I really like what they’re doing there – football and school. It’s an Ivy League education at a Power Five school. And I really like which coach [Tommy] Rees and coach Freeman participate in that.”

Considered the best Michigan player for his class, Carr is entering his junior season after leading Saline High to a 9-1 record in 2021. to the 247Sports Composite. He threw for 2,696 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 64% of his attempts as a sophomore.

His bet is third Notre Dame in the 2024 class, coming in as the Fighting Irish at No. 1 in the 247Sports Team rankings for the 2023 class, with Freeman taking over from Brian Kelly, who left for LSU. A touted prospect with such close ties to a regional rival should bring happiness to Notre Dame fans, but if Carr is ever going to play against Michigan it will have to be in the postseason as the Irish and Wolverines aren’t. . scheduled to play again until 2033 and 2034.

Here’s the latest scouting report on Carr’s game from 247Sports national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu:

Stands about 6-foot-3, going 190 pounds in his junior season of high school. Continues to fill in nicely as his high school career progresses. Very cerebral player who studies the game and thinks the game. That was evident in his sophomores, even if that was his first as a full-time varsity starter. His processing speed should only get faster in his junior and senior seasons. Has good, classic passing mechanics and accuracy. The arm strength is good and he can take the ball to any part of the court. An athlete good enough to walk around in the bag, escape the crowds and run when needed, but running won’t be a major part of his game. Very safe projection as a starter based on maturity, approach and skills.