Notre Dame football will look to took care of the most important position in their 2023 recruiting class by landing 2023 4-star recruit, Kenny Minchey.
Minchey, a 6’2” quarterback out of Pope John Paul II in Hendersonville, Tennessee, is an outstanding dual-threat quarterback. When diving into the tape on Minchey, his touch and ability to place the ball in a spot where only his receiver has a chance at it seems well above average. In addition, he looks calm and collected in the pocket and can make plays with his legs if necessary. The best part about Minchey is his ability to throw the ball downfield, something sorely lacking from Notre Dame football quarterback play this year.
With massive recruits dotted along the board for Notre Dame in the class of 2023, they may be able to land one of their most important yet. Of course, it’s too early to brush Drew Pyne, and Tyler Buchner to the side, especially the latter, but Notre Dame’s quarterback room would figure to be much improved. Minchey is rated as the 12th quarterback in his class by 247Sports, and I’d argue he’s closer to 9th best just looking at the guys ahead of him.
What does this mean for the Irish moving forward? First and foremost, should they land him, this should have zero influence on CJ Carr and what he decides to do in the class of 2024. His plan has been to stay in high school and get more experience. But, again, this adds to the level of talent the quarterback room and Tommy Rees have to work with.
Notre Dame football should also explore all options in the transfer portal should an elite quarterback want to find a new home. Last year we saw Caleb Williams, Quinn Ewers, Kedon Slovis, Jaxson Dart, and Bo Nix all enter the portal. Elite talent will be there; finding the right fit would be critical to any potential transfer.
This is a massive prediction for Notre Dame football and one that could genuinely take the team to the next level. But, again, temper expectations as expecting a freshman QB, no matter how highly rated, to come in and be a Heisman candidate right away is entirely unfair. That said, barring a fairly sizable change, the QB room shines brighter in Notre Dame moving forward.