One of the top 2026 wide receivers was in South Bend over the weekend, and the way Notre Dame Football uses its freshman stood out.
While the Notre Dame Football team is working very hard to wrap up a successful 2023 campaign, Marcus Freeman and company are clearly also working hard on building for the future.
To that end, the Fighting Irish hosted a number of high school underclassmen over the weekend to watch the blowout victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers. Among those underclassmen was one of the top wide receiver targets from the 2026 class in Brody Keefe.
Keefe, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina doesn’t have a Notre Dame Football offer just yet, but that seems like more of a formality than anything else. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound receiver has already seen some of the biggest schools in the country come calling.
The Fighting Irish might be slow playing Keefe a bit but it’s clear that they like what they’ve seen enough that they decided to bring him into South Bend. When he got there, Keefe certainly seemed to like what he took in.
Among the things he took notice of the most, according to Irish Sports Daily, was the fact that the Notre Dame Football team is having a bit of a youth movement at wide receiver especially.
“I liked how the offense spread the ball around,” explained Keefe. “Seeing freshmen on the field is always a plus for me. Coach Stuckey seems to be about giving everyone a chance for playing time no matter how young as long as they earn it.”
Notre Dame Football makes impression on young WR
Wide receivers coach Chansi Stuckey clearly made a good impression on Keefe as he called him “awesome” elsewhere in the interview.
The question now is whether Notre Dame Football can find a spot for him to get an official offer. And when they do, will they be able to beat out Georgia, Ohio State, Auburn and North Carolina among others who have already given him an offer.