Notre Dame football recruitment: Five-star QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, commits 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 directly on CBS Sports HQ. Carr chose Fighting Irish over Michigan, Michigan State and others as first-year Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman continues an impressive race with early success on the recruiting track.

Carr’s commitment to Notre Dame is remarkable, as he is the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who coached Wolverines to the 1997 title. However, Carr will write a new legacy for the family in South Bend, Indiana. Just as in the case of star quarterback Arch Manning from 2023, it seems that the Carr family has prioritized an open recruitment process over family ties during the recruitment process.

“Michigan will always have a special place in my heart – we are a Michigan family – but I would like to commit to Notre Dame,” Carr told CBS Sports HQ. “I really like what they do there – football and school. It’s an Ivy League education at a Power Five school. And I really love which coach [Tommy] Rees and coach Freeman do it. ”

Regarded as the best player from Michigan for his class, Carr enters the junior season after leading Saline High to a record of 9-1 in 2021. He ranks as number 20 overall in the 2024 class and number 5 quarterback, according to 247Sports Composite. He threw in 2696 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 64% of his attempts as others.

His commitment is Notre Dame’s third in the 2024 class and comes as the Fighting Irish stand at No. 1 in the 247Sports Team Rankings for the 2023 class when Freeman takes over for Brian Kelly, who went to LSU. Landing a designated prospect with such close ties to a regional rival should be a source of happiness for Notre Dame fans, but if Carr is ever to play against Michigan, it must be in the off-season, since the Irish and Wolverines are not. scheduled to play again until 2033 and 2034.

Here is the latest scout report on Carr’s play from 247Sports national recruitment analyst Allen Trieu:

Stands about 6 feet-3, 190 pounds when he begins his junior high season. Continues to fill in nicely as the high school career progresses. Very cerebral player who studies the game and thinks the game. This was evident in the second-year student, even though it was his first as a full-time starter at the university. His treatment speed should only be faster in the junior and senior seasons. Has good, classic fitting mechanics and accuracy. The arm strength is good and he can get the ball to all parts of the court. A good enough athlete to get around in his pocket, escape the rush and run if necessary, but running will not be a big part of his game. Very safe projection as a college starter based on maturity, approach and skill set.