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Who is CJ Carr?
CJ Carr is a 5-Star QB from the 2024 recruiting class. He is also the grandson of long-time Michigan headman Lylod Carr. He led Saline high to a 9-1 record and a playoff appearance as a sophomore. Carr is listed at an ideal 6'3 195 lbs. CJ chose Notre Dame over the likes of Alabama, LSU, Penn State, Georgia, and of course Michigan.
How Early Could CJ Play?
CJ Carr won't be on the roster for a couple more seasons, but still to take his commitment this early in the process indicate a lot. He will likely have a chance to compete for the starting job as a true freshman. Sophomore Tyler Buchner and Junior Drew Pyne will compete for the Irish starting gig this season, the winner would presumably be the starter this season and in 2023. Leaving an opening in 2024 for competition between CJ Carr and Steve Angeli. Notre Dame does not appear to be in play for any QB in the 2023 cycle at this time, as every QB they offered has already committed elsewhere to play. With an already outstanding 2023 class incoming, adding the QB this early also allows for the signal-caller to be the recruiter and foundation for 2024.
247Sports compares CJ Carr to former Alabama and New England Patriots QB Mac Jones. I tend to agree, I see quite a lot in Carr's game that reminds me of the former Heisman finalist. Carr is not a stellar athlete, but he can move enough and manipulates the pocket well. He is a high IQ player who makes solid decisions and shows a clear high-level understanding of defenses and the system he plays in. He is an accurate QB and has solid arm strength. Altogether he clearly has the tape of a 5-star QB. He was not gifted this status because of his lineage. I expect him to be at Notre Dame for no more than three seasons.
Impact on Notre Dame
First, it is showing this new enhancement in recruiting is no fluke, and will continue on past the 2023 cycle. Marcus Freeman and his staff have placed a priority on getting better talent to South Bend Indiana and it is paying dividends in a big way. Secondly, this is not just a Michigan legacy, he is the Michigan Legacy. Lloyd Carr is a legend in Ann Abor and the last head coach to deliver a National Championship to the Wolverines. For him to choose Notre Dame despite that is not something that is easily overlooked. John Harbough the current Michigan head coach, actually quarterbacked for Lloyd Carr in the 80s. This is a monumental power play in recruiting. To take such a coveted legacy prospect from a rival.