Notre Dame is getting bigger. That’s one theme of the 2013 offseason.
It’s getting bigger at wide receiver. C.J. Prosise (pictured) has been switched there from safety. The lean high-school punt returner from Petersburg, Virginia and the Woodberry Forest School has become a rock solid, 218-pounder, so much so that he appears shorter than his listed 6’2” height.
No such optical illusion plagues early enrollee James Onwualu, who, looks every bit of his listed 6’2” height and his Brian Kelly-disclosed (on March 19th) weight of 215 lbs. It’s hard to believe that he’s chronologically equivalent to a second-semester high-school senior.
Same with fellow freshman wide receiver, 6’5” Corey Robinson, who already seems heavier than his roster weight of 190 lbs.
Freshman offensive tackle, Steve Elmer, already is heavier than his listed weight of 300 lbs. Coach Kelly revealed on March 19th that Mr. Elmer is up to 317 lbs., which would make him the heaviest offensive lineman on the team, essentially as a second-semester high-school senior.
But Mr. Elmer’s distinction may not last long. Entering offensive lineman John Montelus of Everett, Massachusetts told Coach Kelly during an in-home visit in January that he now weighs 325 lbs.
Mr. Montelus may need every one of those pounds if he is to retain the title of heaviest Notre Dame offensive lineman. Why? At 6’4” to 6’5” tall, John is vertically challenged compared to 6’7 1/2” Mike McGlinchey. Who knows how much weight Irish cooking will put on that frame?
Hunter Bivin and Colin McGovern, now 6’6”, 290 lbs. and 6’5”, 280 lbs., respectively, may not be finished growing either. They like Messrs. McGlinchey and Montelus will enter as freshman offensive linemen in September, joining Steve Elmer.
Currently committed to entering as a freshman in 2014, Elijah Hood will increase Notre Dame’s size at running back. He’s already 221 lbs. as a high-school junior. He may fill out to be a 230-235 lb. college running back--with speed.
In practice he’ll butt heads with Jarrett Grace, who at 6’3” and some 240 lbs. already is two inches taller than the great Manti Te’o, whom he’ll replace. Six-foot, five-inch Ishaq Williams may play some alongside him at outside linebacker. Mr. Williams looked reasonably good in the spring game.
If one of Coach Kelly’s goals is to make the Fighting Irish bigger, he is well on his way to achieving it. The Irish are getting bigger this offseason!