Notre Dame Football Recruitment: Five-Star QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, commits to Irish over Michigan

Notre Dame landed a five-star quarterback appointment in the class of 2024 on Thursday when CJ Carr announced his college pick live on CBS Sports HQ. Carr chose Fighting Irish over Michigan, Michigan State and others as Notre Dame first-year coach Marcus Freeman continues an impressive streak of early success on the recruiting trail.

Carr’s commitment to Notre Dame is notable as he is the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who coached the Wolverines to the 1997 title. However, Carr will write a new legacy for the family in South Bend, Indiana. As with 2023’s star quarterback Arch Manning, the Carr family appears to have prioritized an open recruiting process over family ties during the recruiting process.

“Michigan will always have a special place in my heart – we’re a Michigan family – but I’d like to commit to Notre Dame,” Carr said at CBS Sports HQ. “I really like what they’re doing there – in terms of football and school. It’s an Ivy League education at a Power Five school. And I really love what the coach does. [Tommy] Rees and Coach Freeman are doing it there.”

Considered Michigan’s best overall player for his class, Carr enters his junior season after leading Saline High to a 9-1 record in 2021. He is the 20th overall player in the class of 2024 and the 5th quarterback, according to for the 247Sports Composite. He threw for 2,696 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just four interceptions while completing 64% of his sophomore attempts.

His appointment is Notre Dame’s third in the 2024 class and comes as Fighting Irish takes first place in the 247Sports Team Rankings for the 2023 class, while Freeman takes the place of Brian Kelly, who departed for LSU. Getting a lauded prospect with such close ties to a regional rival should be a source of happiness for Notre Dame fans, but if Carr is going to play Michigan it will have to be in the postseason, as the Irish and Wolverines are not. scheduled to play again until 2033 and 2034.

Here’s the latest scout report on Carr’s game from 247Sports national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu:

It only stands at about 6-foot-3, 190 pounds going into its junior high school season. She continues to fill in well as her high school career progresses. Very cerebral player who studies the game and thinks the game. This was evident in his sophomore year, although it was his first as a full-time starter. Your processing speed should only get faster in your junior and senior seasons. He has good classic passing mechanics and accuracy. Arm strength is good and he can carry the ball anywhere on the pitch. He’s a good enough athlete to get around in his pocket, get away from the rush and run if he has to, but running won’t be an important part of his game. Very secure projection as a college freshman based on maturity, approach and skill set.

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