Notre Dame football legacy commit could eventually change positions

The defensive line for the Gold team at the annual Notre Dame football Blue-Gold game
The defensive line for the Gold team at the annual Notre Dame football Blue-Gold game / MANDATORY CREDIT GREG SWIERCZ / USA

One of the most intriguing commits the Notre Dame football team landed in the last few months just happens to also be a legacy prospect. The son of "The Bus," Jerome Bettis Jr gave his pledge to the Fighting Irish on Pot of Gold Day. But since he gave his pledge, there has been some discussion about where he fits in the wide receiver room in South Bend.

Jerome Bettis Jr. certainly has plenty of talent. The 3-star prospect has plenty of offers from Power 4 schools. Though it does stand out a bit that the Notre Dame football legacy prospect doesn't have a ton of attention from the real biggies, the Alabamas, or Georgias or the college football world.

It's possible the biggest reason for there not being as many Power programs coming calling for the receiver, is that he may not end up playing that position once he gets to the next level. It's entirely possible that he'll be playing on the other side of the field.

That was underlined late last week when Notre Dame football recruiting expert Kevin Fleming appeared on the LockedOnIrish Podcast and very briefly talked about where he saw Jerome Bettis Jr. fitting on the Fighting Irish.

"I think he's a better safety than a receiver,” Fleming said when talking about several wide receiver commits or prospects the Irish are either trying to land or have already scored. 

That's certainly an argument that can be made. Last year, he logged 30 catches for 369 yards for a 12.3 yard per catch average and 4 touchdowns. However, on the defensive side of the ball, he tallied 34 tackles,  as well as 2 interceptions. He also had two tackles for loss.

It appears that Jerome Bettis Jr shone a bit brighter on defense at the high school level. It's possible that he could shine a bit brighter for the Notre Dame football team on defense as well.