Notre Dame football recruitment: Five-star QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, sticks with the Irish over Michigan

Notre Dame earned a commitment from a five-star quarterback in the 2024 class on Thursday when CJ Carr announced his collegiate selection live on CBS Sports HQ. Carr chose Fighting Irish over Michigan, Michigan State and others as Notre Dame’s first-year coach, Marcus Freeman continuing an impressive streak of early success on the career path.

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

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

Considered the best player from Michigan for his category, Carr is entering the junior season after leading Saline Hay to a record 9-1 in 2021. He ranks No. 20 in the 2024 class and No. 5 player, accordingly. to 247 Sports Composite. He threw for 2,696 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 64% of his attempts as a sophomore.

His commitment is Notre Dame’s third in the 2024 class and comes first in the Irish 247 team rankings for the 2023 class as Freeman takes over in place of Brian Kelly, who has left for LSU. Having a desirable prospect with such close ties to a regional rival should be cause for delight with Notre Dame fans, but if Carr is going to play Michigan, it should be in the post-season, because the Irish and the Wolverines are not. It is scheduled to play again until 2033 and 2034.

Here is the latest CAR exploratory report from 247Sports national employment analyst Allen Trieu:

He stands at around 6 feet 3, 190 lbs in his high school season. He continues to fill in the filling well as his high school career progresses. A very cerebral player who studies the game and thinks of the game. This was evident in his sophomore even though this was his first as a full-time freshman. Its processing speed should only get faster in the small and medium seasons. He has good classic passing mechanics and accuracy. The arm strength is good and he can deliver the ball to any part of the court. An athlete who is good enough to get around in his pockets, escape from a rush and run if necessary, but running will not be a major part of his game. Very safe drop as college freshmen based on maturity, approach and skill set.

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