BREAKING: Notre Dame Lands 2021 LB Prince Kollie

Mason Plummer

Notre Dame has found its man at linebacker in the 2021 class and has done so in a big way, landing four-star linebacker Prince Kollie out of Jonesborough (Tenn.) David Crockett.

After whiffing on the linebacker position in the 2020 class, Notre Dame put all of its proverbial eggs in the Kollie basket for 2021 and it paid off quite nicely. The Irish need talent at the linebacker position and Kollie represents one of the best linebackers in his class.

Kollie brings versatility, speed and athleticism to a Notre Dame defense that needs it at the linebacker position. The Tennessee standout has drawn many comparisons to current Notre Dame star Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah due to their comparable playing styles and size. 

Standing at 6-2 and 205 pounds, Kollie is athletic and plays multiple positions on both sides of the ball, which is something the Notre Dame coaching staff has always coveted from its defenders.

Last season for Crockett, Kollie hauled in 68 passes for 1,085 yards (16.0 YPC) and nine touchdowns as a junior, and rushed for 388 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore. On defense over the last two seasons, Kollie has totaled 143 tackles, 13 pass break ups and four interceptions.

Notre Dame beat out a host of top schools for Kollie’s pledge, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas and Louisville.

Louisville ended up providing the strongest competition for Notre Dame in the battle for Kollie’s commitment due to its young, energetic, staff. The Cardinals did all they could to land Kollie but Notre Dame prevailed in this one in a big way. 

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Comments (8)
No. 1-4

Coach how long do you think we can keep nick lezinski on the staff with or without a departure of coach Lea let’s say in 2-3 years?


HUGE get. I felt he was an absolute must get the way LB recruiting had been going. Love the way he fits in this defense


This was a battle---and the ND message and package of faith-football-academics helped get it done.

ND has some very good players-depth-and hitters now at Rover/LB. Marist Liufau-Jordan Botehlo-Lamb-Bauer-Moala...great line up and probably the best we've seen in a long time.

Add in starters like JOK and White---and ND can mix and match up against just about anything the opponents can throw at them ...especially for third-and-long nickle and dime packages. That hasn't always been the case.

I agree with the comment asking about Nick Leczynski who is a sharp guy and makes a great recruiting impression that is different/better than a lot of other recruiters at other programs.

Let's get Rocco Spindler tomorrow...St Rocco's Feast Day is August 16th...close'll work.

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Is one linebacker in two years of recruiting going to leave a shortage of LBs in the future? Does ND envision moving someone from the secondary to LB at some point in the future? How is this going to work out? If nothing else if they do end up with a future shortage I guess ND can look the graduate transfer route as Kelly has been much more active there.