It took longer than anticipated, but Notre Dame football got their 2023 QB commit on Tuesday morning in Kenny Minchey.
Quarterback Kenny Minchey out of Tennessee announced on social media that he is coming to play for Freeman and the Irish. Minchey was once a longtime Pitt commit, but Rees and the staff had their eye on Minchey for a little while now. The beginning of QB recruiting didn’t pan out as expected, but Minchey is by far more than a second, third or fourth option. This is a great pickup late in the game, especially to steal him away from Pitt. He was just on campus for the BC game on his official visit and pulled the trigger as soon as it was over. The opportunity to come to Notre Dame, play for Freeman and Rees, and the possibilities of faster playing time were strong here in this one leading up to his decision. They got it done. —Fun note, Minchey was a top performer at the elite 11 this summer and won the accuracy challenge while there.
What will Minchey bring to South Bend?
The 6’2 210 pound quarterback will bring consistent accuracy, touch, and leadership to the quarterback position. His touch and placement on his throws are up there with some of the best. He throws a very catchable ball, and that’s something you want in your quarterback. He absolutely puts it where it needs to be for his guys. Minchey doesn’t have the biggest arm you’ll ever see, but honestly, that’s not needed as much as people like to drool over. If you have accuracy, touch, and placement, which Minchey absolutely has at the top of his game, that should be more exciting for such a young player. He’s also mobile enough in the pocket and can scramble and pick up yards. But really, the ability to move inside the pocket and keep focus downfield is significant, and Minchey has that pocket awareness. He’s put together well, too, and has a strong lower body and excellent length, which is what Notre Dame football fans have been looking for for quite some time.
With Minchey making his pledge, the 2023 class now holds 24 commitments, with 12 on defense and 12 on the offensive side. Minchey will have plenty of weapons in this class once they get to campus. I’m sure all the skill guys committed right now are thrilled to have that leader at quarterback after what felt like a long but patient wait. Rees got this one done, whether it was several months late or not. He got a good one that we all hope is the next best thing for the quarterback room for Notre Dame football. Freeman has all the pieces to take off with these recruiting classes, now get them signed, and keep putting talent on the field, and it will turn out the way we all want it to in South Bend.