Notre Dame picked up a commitment from Denison (Texas) High School running back Jadarian Price.
Price had offers from Ohio State, Texas, USC, Auburn, Utah, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Missouri, Baylor, Minnesota, Arizona State and Texas Tech.
Let's break down what this commitment means for the Notre Dame 2022 recruiting class and the Fighting Irish depth chart.
The 5-11, 180-pound running back is the seventh overall commitment for Notre Dame in the 2022 class, and the fourth offensive player. He's the first running back and first skill player for the Fighting Irish in the class.
Three of the four offensive commitments are four-star recruits and Top 200 recruits on the 247Sports composite ranking.
With Kyren Williams possibly gone after the 2021 season and C'Bo Flemister likely done after this upcoming season the Irish are looking for two running backs in the 2022 class. Price is a strong way to start the class.
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Although listed as an all-purpose back by Rivals, Price plays like a pure runner, one capable of making plays between the tackles, on the perimeter and in the pass game out of the backfield. Price is a highly productive back that has already rushed for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Price is a natural running back that shows good patience, vision and decision making. His patience is one of my favorite parts of his game. Price can get downhill in a hurry when he wants to, but he will get on his run track, let the blocks set up and wait until he's made his read before planting and exploding vertically. Yes, Price can plant and go immediately when he needs to, but his patience allows him to find and hit cutback lines effectively.
Despite his foot quickness and impressive agility, the Denison star tries to be a north-south runner as much as possible. Price shows a good burst when he plants and gets vertical, and when he gets a step he displays impressive acceleration that allows him to be a home run hitter.
He's not a back that likes to juke all the time, which I like, and he's a relatively efficient runner, which allows him to maximize available yards. Price can, however, make defenders miss in space when he wants to, or needs to, and he shows impressive balance, which combines with his relatively strong lower body to help him run through arm tackles on the second and third levels.
Price is built a lot like current Notre Dame running back Chris Tyree. He's a bit on the shorter side and not a massive back, but he runs hard and won't shy away from contact. Price hauled in 28 passes as a junior, but most of that was out of the backfield.
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