After much speculation over the past couple of weeks, Kaleb Smtih has made it official and committed to play for Notre Dame football.
At 6’0″ and 175 pounds, Smith is well-known for his speed. The one-time Texas Tech commit de-committed from the Red Raiders shortly after the Notre Dame football coaches got involved. Smith, out of Reedy high school in Frisco, Texas, seemed headed to Notre Dame from the moment he got the offer. Chansi Stuckey has been finding not only highly-rated players but players that fit the bill of what he’s looking for. 247Sports has Kaleb as the 65th overall WR in the class, but as long as he works hard, his speed will play at the next level without a doubt.
"“I think I could bring speed, obviously speed, but I think I raise our players level of play to another level. Just with my competitiveness, I’m always pushing my teammates to be better. I get on the field, obviously I know what I’m doing, but I’m making sure this guy and this guy know what they’re doing, making sure we can execute it the right way and get something out of it” – Kaleb told Tom Loy of 247Sports (article linked below to Tom’s work)"
Smith obviously understands people know him most for his blazing-fast speed. So it’s nice that he’s looking to focus more on the other intangibles he can bring to the WR room. Focusing on execution and being competitive are two things missing in past wide receiver units at Notre Dame. Unfortunately, the discipline, execution, and drive haven’t always lined up with the talent. It’s great to see guys wanting to get there and work to improve themselves and those around them.
Kaleb Smith joins a highly talented group that includes Braylon James, Jaden Greathouse, and Rico Flores. Cooper Flanagan at tight end is also a stud that could push for playing time early. With all this firepower at receiver and Kenny Minchey joining the quarterback room next year, the Irish may soon have a top air attack in the nation. Remember, CJ Carr, Cam Williams, and Jack Larsen are already lined up for the class of 2024.
This is an outstanding commitment for the Irish, and a player that I see making a difference for this Notre Dame football program. Welcome to the family, Kaleb! Go, Irish.