Class Impact: WR Deion Colzie To Notre Dame
From a national standpoint, the 2021 wide receiver class is absolutely loaded. It’s still early, but thus far the class appears to be one of the best and deepest wide receiver classes in the last decade, and Notre Dame has kicked off its 2021 wide receiver class with one of the nation’s best.
The Irish picked up commitment from Athens (Ga.) Academy star Deion Colzie, a consensus Top 100 recruit. Colzie is ranked No. 48 nationally by ESPN, No. 55 by 247Sports and No. 95 by Rivals.
Landing Colzie gives Notre Dame the No. 3 class in the country according to 247Sports and No. 6 by Rivals.
Notre Dame landed just two receivers in the 2019 class, and one - Cam Hart - has since moved to cornerback. The Irish landed three wideouts in the 2020 class, and it’s a very talented class, but offensive coordinator Chip Long and wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander wanted to complement the 2020 haul with another elite group in 2021.
Landing Colzie gives Notre Dame a great foundation to build its 2021 wide receiver class around. Notre Dame will also attempt to add Pickerington (Ohio) Central standout Lorenzo Styles Jr. to the class as well.
Colzie is the sixth overall commitment in the 2021 class, and all six are ranked in the Rivals250. Colzie is the fourth Rivals100 recruit to pick Notre Dame in the class. All six are also ranked in the Top 250 by 247Sports, and Colzie is the third Top 100 recruit according to that service. Five of Notre Dame’s six 2021 commits are ranked No. 105 or better.
NOTRE DAME FIT
Colzie brings a lot of length to the wide receiver position, which makes him an ideal fit for the boundary position (W). He’s a smooth athlete that can stretch the field with speed and make strong plays on the ball in one-on-one situations, more traits that fit well at the boundary position.
His foot quickness and loose hips give him the potential to become a top-notch route runner with more coaching. His length and excellent body control combine with strong hands to make him so effective catching the football down the field. You see on film a young wideout that is able to focus on the ball in traffic, which helps him work the middle of the field.
He can do damage after the catch, but Colzie’s best work is done before and up to the point of the catch. When he does get a crease he uses a good burst and long strides to cover a lot of ground. Those are the same traits that help him stretch the field as a route runner.
You have to love Colzie’s frame. He’s 6-4 and listed between 190-205 pounds, but he’s got an excellent frame. He’ll easily get to 215 pounds in Matt Balis’s strength program while adding even more explosiveness to his game.
That’s what makes Colzie such an intriguing prospect, as good as he already is, he’s just tapping into how good he can be from an athletic standpoint.