Notre Dame Lands Stanford Grad Transfer Running Back

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame has added a veteran to the backfield, landing Stanford graduate transfer Trevor Speights, who chose the Irish over Rice.

Speights was recruited to Stanford by current Notre Dame running backs coach Lance Taylor. A three-star recruit according to 247Sports and Rivals, Speights failed to make much of an impact with the Cardinal.

After redshirting in 2016, Speights rushed for 142 yards (3.9 YPC) in 2017 and 221 yards (3.7 YPC) in 2018. Speights comes to Notre Dame with just 363 career rushing yards and a 3.8 yards per carry average.

In 2018, Speights rushed for 87 yards on 11 carries against UC-Davis, but went for just 127 yards on 46 carries (2.7 YPC) against Power 5 opponents.

Speights reached the end zone just once in 19 games and caught seven passes for 54 yards.

He was expected to get more action in 2019 but ended up missing the entire season because of an injury.

Speights gives the Irish backfield another body, but what he adds to the backfield is a major question mark. Clearly Taylor thinks well of Speights, who did have impressive high school film, but he was less than impressive in a Cardinal uniform.

Notre Dame has a questionable running back depth chart, with a number of young players looking to take a big step this season. What we don't know yet is will Speights be able to stay healthy and regain his prep form, or will he remain an injury-prone light producer who takes much-needed snaps away from the young backs that need the work.

If Speights can return to his prep form it will give the Irish backfield a boost.

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Comments (29)
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t13bru
t13bru

Matt0315
Matt0315

I dont get his move but maybe there is an injury or transfer that we don't know about yet.

IrishND88
IrishND88

This just screams Kelly. Has young talent on the roster and brings in an older player that has never accomplished much but he will supposedly add leadership to the room. Reminds me of 2017 when Cam Smith and Freddy canteen were brought in and played in front of two young players named Claypool and Boykin. I’ll never get Kelly’s refusal to let younger kids play in front of less talented older players. Frustrating! I hope I’m wrong on this and Speights lights it up.

mparrott84
mparrott84

This is all you need to know about this move...

'Notre Dame has added a veteran to the backfield, landing Stanford graduate transfer Trevor Speights, who chose the Irish over Rice.’

Irishfan11
Irishfan11

It seems like Kelly is trying to supplement poor recruiting by getting grad transfers. I understand a player here and there like Pryor and McCloud but this is getting ridiculous. In this case, I don’t see how this helps short term and certainly doesn’t benefit the program in the long run.

Matt0315
Matt0315

Speights also has 2 years of eligibility correct?

Nathan Erbach
Nathan Erbach

Editor

Putting a positive spin on this transfer, Speights was a guy that Lance Taylor identified while at Stanford and obviously still likes him today. I hope his opinion was a big say in this, as I’m sure it was, because I trust his judgement in running backs.

Another veteran added who can at the very least be a leader in the RB room. With the RB depth chart the way it is right now, I don’t mind throwing another dart to see if it sticks.

johnnyirish
johnnyirish

Meanwhile the gap continues to widen: OSU gets Trey Surmen and we get Trevor Speights. I Was a Lance Taylor fan, but I am beginning to question myself.

KMoore-24
KMoore-24

I wont be to negative here about adding Speights but I dont really understand why the team is adding him. If there is a need for a RB for whatever reason is this the best that Notre Dame can get? You are bringing in a player who cant seem to stay healthy and when he is healthy he hasnt been very productive. You are a program that has averaged 11 wins over the past three seasons and you just brought in a transfer who had he not decided to come to South Bend his other option was Rice.

These past few months has been incredibly frustrating from a fans perspective.

Petu
Petu

I think we as ND fans have to realize ND does not move the needle as we think ND does. Think about it, if ND offers a kid that was committed to the big boys (tOSU, CLEM, ALA) would those coaching staffs be nervous? NO, it would be business as usual. Now if those same big boys offered a ND commit, ND would be nervous. I think this whole COVID-19 epidemic displayed how ineffective the recruiting at ND is/or has become.

Other top schools keep it moving. That is the thing, ND put all their eggs in the basket as it pertains to junior day, it failed, not their fault but still failed. Why? Because they were counting on a home run when all they needed to do was get on base and extend the game. Recruiting is about extending the game until you can strike. Instead the coaching staff as a whole has been striking out.

Balddomer
Balddomer

So far, Lance Taylor is underwhelming in his recruiting efforts. The band of 3 stars continues to grow.

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

When people say we cant recruit this proves them wrong. We beat out Rice for this guy!!

Jacob15
Jacob15

Where does he rank in terms of ability in the ND RB room? A confusing take. And it seems like ND is poised for a 3-star 2021 RB too with some top targets trending elsewhere.

Ndm1633
Ndm1633

Bryan has been bangin this drum for a while now, Chip could absolutely recruit. What made him such a good recruiter and what was so different about him on the practice field/lockeroom? I believe he'll land an OC job in the south after this year as an analsyst. Probably fits their culture a little bit better than ND.

Petu
Petu

I don't think it's about culture, i just think he is a coach that is very demanding. Probably rubbed some people the wrong way. Urban coached at BG, UTAH, UF, and tOSU. Utah and UF culturally are different but the results were the same.


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