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  • '10 KY S Austin Collinsworth (Notre Dame Signee)

    Wide Receiver
    Fort Thomas, Kentucky Highlands

    Ht: 6-0
    Wt: 178
    40: 4.7
    Shuttle: 4.25
    Vertical: 31
    GPA: 3.55

    Rating:
    Rivals: ; NR Safety; Rating 5.5
    Scout: ; #98 Safety
    ESPN: ; #118 Safety; Grade 74

    Offers:
    Notre Dame (Jan '10)
    Cincinnatti
    Harvard (OV)
    Kentucky
    Louisville
    Middle Tennessee St
    Stanford
    Oregon
    Vanderbilt

    ND Recruiter: Kelly

    Decision: 12/18/09 Notre Dame
    Last edited by BGIF; 01-09-2010, 02:47 PM. Reason: GPA

  • #2
    3 star Safety on Rivals.
    Chris Collinsworth is his dad

    I forgot to add that Kelly offered him in the thread title

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jason_h537 View Post
      3 star Safety on Rivals.
      Chris Collinsworth is his dad

      I forgot to add that Kelly offered him in the thread title
      Offered from a ND perspective, right? Or is it a "carry over" from when Kelly was @ Cincy?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by irish4ever View Post
        Offered from a ND perspective, right? Or is it a "carry over" from when Kelly was @ Cincy?
        He has an ND offer. Cincy's offers are Cincy's offers.

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        • #5
          He doesn't appear to have taken any officials so far. He has made trips to Cincinnati and Kentucky.

          Would be kind of bittersweet if he ends up at ND and his dad, who used to love to skewer ND football on TV, would be wearing ND gear and cheering for his ND son.
          Last edited by BGIF; 12-18-2009, 09:57 PM.

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          • #6
            I have to believe that his dad, if looking out for the best interest's of his son... has to be saying that he needs to take a hard look at ND...

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            • #7
              Many ND fans are up in arms over this offer, and I can see why, considering his ranking. But let's loot at this from BK's perspective. First, we just lost Parker. And we've lost out already on Amerson and Carrrington. That leaves Riley and Cooper on the board, and neither guy is considered a lock. So we're think at safety. Second, look at this quote from Kelly:

              "I want our players to be tough gentlemen...I gotta lot of respect for analyst out there, relative to stars,and the recruiting and the tom lemmings and the rivals and the scouts, but I'm going to recruit guys that I believe that fit what we are going to do here at ND, I want guys who love to play the game. At the end of the day I want to be surrounded by guys who love to play football... we are going to miss on some guys, if they are just looking at ND as a stepping stone to the NFL, then we are going to miss on some guys..."
              So BK might be looking at film on our current recruits and not seeing what HE looks for in a football player. And he might have looked at Collinsworth's film and saw something that the recruiting 'gurus' didn't see.

              As much as I'd like to bitch about the way Kelly's recruiting is going after ONE week, I'm going to sit back and trust the guy who's been a winner everywhere he's been. And hopefully our trust will be rewarded...
              sigpic Silence implies consent.

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              • #8
                his dad is the nfl equivalent to mark may imo!

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                • #9
                  After looking over his profile I am pretty happy with this. We need DB's, particularly safeties. The kid is intelligent (Harvard offer) and I like Oregon and Stanford offeres with their style of play. Seems like a good fit and he has room to grow physically too. And he is a US Army AA
                  Last edited by Big23Head; 12-18-2009, 10:42 AM. Reason: Adding info

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                  • #10
                    Hey... I like this offer. Kelly's being pro-active on the recruiting front and we offered a position of need. Plus, this may give us a little media BAMP that could, if ya think about it, help with the media poll.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Big23Head View Post
                      After looking over his profile I am pretty happy with this. We need DB's, particularly safeties. The kid is intelligent (Harvard offer) and I like Oregon and Stanford offeres with their style of play. Seems like a good fit and he has room to grow physically too. And he is a US Army AA
                      I noticed that too. It seems that Kelly does respect the ND model of a successful student.
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                      • #12
                        I have faith in Kelly.

                        Austin Collinsworth - Yahoo! Sports

                        Scout.com: Austin Collinsworth Profile
                        2011 Irish Envy Fantasy Football Champion

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                        • #13
                          I don't know how all this is going to work out. It's very early. We have no idea what's ahead.

                          But imagine how sweet it would be to beat Michigan and USC with a bunch of 3 and 4 star guys
                          The yellow mustard pants are hideous and have to go.

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                          • #14
                            According to ISD:

                            Visited ND yesterday.

                            Also was the MVP of the State Title game
                            2011 Irish Envy Fantasy Football Champion

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                            • #15
                              I just want to beat USC period. It's been far too long. BTW, is this Kelly's first offer as the ND HC? I kinda like Dyjaun Lewis. Great size, good speed.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by IrishInFL View Post
                                I just want to beat USC period. It's been far too long. BTW, is this Kelly's first offer as the ND HC? I kinda like Dyjaun Lewis. Great size, good speed.
                                I also want to beat all those teams we're supposed to beat and hopefully with quality Kelly recruits that he can coach up we take care of biz week in and week out.

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                                • #17
                                  He looks like he'll be a bit of a project at 178 pounds and 4.7 speed (who knows who times these things), but the kid is intelligent, has good football bloodlines, and seems to be a winner. He'd be a great addition to this class.

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                                  • #18
                                    To help with perspective, Kyle McCarthy was a 2 star recruit 6-1", 190lbs. McCarthy's times are quicker but it shows where this kid could get to.

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                                    • #19
                                      David Bruton was a 3* recruit, and Ndukwe was a 3* WR who I think has been our best safety over the last 5-8 years.

                                      Plus , the others are right. We have to play it safe because we took a small class last year with one safety recruit, and we lose McCarthy, Brown, and Herring this year. Whether you consider them big losses or not, you have to replace them with someone, and this kid looks like a fine replacement.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Polish Leppy 22 View Post
                                        I don't know how all this is going to work out. It's very early. We have no idea what's ahead.

                                        But imagine how sweet it would be to beat Michigan and USC with a bunch of 3 and 4 star guys
                                        Sorry, but it's not going to happen, if this is BK's idea of recruiting then stick a fork in us, we're done. I mean, hell, I've still got 4 yrs. of NCAA eligibility left, where's my offer? This is it? Scraping the bottom of the barrel?

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                                        • #21
                                          I never heard of this kid until yesterday but safety is a position that can be taught. Zibby was a 4 star QB. With that said, he still has to try and reach Riley and Cooper, although Riley seems like a much longer shot than before. At least Badger is solid

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by OCIrish
                                            There's a reason why we never heard of him, he sucks.
                                            The state championship mvp sucks?
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                                            • #23
                                              Well get used to him, Austin is Irish!

                                              Commit #18 (again)

                                              http://twitter.com/ndatrivals

                                              Scout is also now reporting this
                                              Last edited by Big23Head; 12-18-2009, 06:39 PM. Reason: Update

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by OCIrish
                                                There's a reason why we never heard of him, he sucks.
                                                Your attitude sucks!

                                                You have to trust BK. He has been doing this for like 20 years. He knows we are weak at this position so he is bringing guys in immediately. We can't afford to take the chance and only go with one safety this year.

                                                In my opinion this is a great move. Plus you never know he may be a great player in a couple of years.
                                                "No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around."
                                                ND for life..

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                                                • #25
                                                  Here's what ESPN says about him:

                                                  Collinsworth is a tall and physically impressive skilled athlete. He has good size in terms of height but needs to put on some overall strength and bulk. A long strider that doesn't have great lateral agility or shiftiness, but does kick it into gear and demonstrates excellent playing speed-- especially on a straight-line. Takes great pursuit angles to the football from the safety position; often makes tackles on the opposite side of the field when coming from the backside or crossfield. A real competitive football player that gives 100 percent every play and will lay out to make a tackle. Shows the talent to go up high to make a play on the deep ball and gets a quick break on the ball-- good ball skills. Excels as a punt return specialist; fields the ball with the courage in a crowd and heads upfield immediately. Collingsworth is a very intelligent football player that makes the most out of his football skills. He will get better and better at the next level as he physically matures. We are not sure he is the right fit to be matched-up in many man-to-man situations especially against speedy, quicker players, but we really like his football awareness.


                                                  Collinsworth was considering offers from Cincinnati, Oregon, Louisville, and Kentucky. He visited campus yesterday and committed to Coach Kelly quickly after.

                                                  "It's a great balance for me," Collinsworth told Pete Sampson at Irish Illustrated. "I was looking for that balance of academics, football, social life and people. I really found that at Notre Dame
                                                  This is the type of recruit that ND fans laud while other fans snicker. Let's be honest...we've been laughing at Michigan for getting 3 star recruits that fit what DickRod wants to do. This is a 3 star recruit that fits the type of mentality that Kelly wants.

                                                  This is also the type of recruit that works his tail off and makes the most out of every single ounce of talent God has given him, and lunch pail guy that will work and work and work and learn and learn and learn and by his redshirt junior year you never want to see him off the field. The type of kid you see in other schools where you're like 'damn, why didn't WE offer that kid?'

                                                  Now, you obviously can't build your class around these guys, but we're just going to have to trust Kelly on this one. Oregon liked him...

                                                  EDIT: Here's a youtube video of him. Check it out:

                                                  YouTube - Austin Collinsworth Highlights
                                                  Last edited by NDinL.A.; 12-18-2009, 07:43 PM.
                                                  sigpic Silence implies consent.

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                                                  • #26
                                                    He has the desire to get where his dad was... on Sundays... and he will have to do it through hard work and who knows.... BK needs to get guys he thinks he can mold and he feels will work their butts off... I'm in!!!! So I trust his judgment.

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                                                    • #27
                                                      Originally posted by OCIrish
                                                      There's a reason why we never heard of him, he sucks.
                                                      That's a great response.....way to class it up and make a kid feel welcome. I hope he turns into another McCarthy and makes you eat your words. I really can't belive you'd post this crap on a recruits thread. Like it or not he'll be wearing an IRISH jersey show some respect.

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                                                      • #28
                                                        Originally posted by jmurphy75 View Post
                                                        That's a great response.....way to class it up and make a kid feel welcome. I hope he turns into another McCarthy and makes you eat your words. I really can't belive you'd post this crap on a recruits thread. Like it or not he'll be wearing an IRISH jersey show some respect.
                                                        Why would he eat his words? McCarthy wasn't that great, he blew coverage a couple times this year, one was on a wide open Uconn player running in for a TD. Secondly, we need playmakers not a guy who's ranking is 98. We already have a soild safety in Chris Badger who by the way is better ranked and also works his tail off, so we can take a chance to chase Riley. No matter how well you coach him up, he's going get burnt by faster wide outs.

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                                                        • #29
                                                          Originally posted by DirtySecret View Post
                                                          Why would he eat his words? McCarthy wasn't that great, he blew coverage a couple times this year, one was on a wide open Uconn player running in for a TD. Secondly, we need playmakers not a guy who's ranking is 98. We already have a soild safety in Chris Badger who by the way is better ranked and also works his tail off, so we can take a chance to chase Riley. No matter how well you coach him up, he's going get burnt by faster wide outs.
                                                          Who said anything about not recruiting Riley? Read the depth chart. It's been known that ND is going after 3 safeties. Landing Collinsworth has no effect on the recruitment of Riley...
                                                          sigpic Silence implies consent.

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                                                          • #30
                                                            To date: I'll take BK's evalation of talent over any of yours....

                                                            Austin Collinsworth Steers Highland To Victory Against John Hardin

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                                                            • #31
                                                              forget the stars. guys got the bloodlines and has a pretty decent offer list, oregon and stanford among others. you never know where these guys are going to be in 2-4 years.

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                                                              • #32
                                                                So apparently ND offered him as a receiver. Notre Dame Football - Collinsworth Commits

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                                                                • #33
                                                                  what goes around comes around

                                                                  Funny how things work out, his Dad has shown great distain in the past but when it comes to educating your son at a great football program Notre Dame still stands alone. I just hope his Dad doesnt wear any ND gear while at the game but as far as the son is concerned if he comes I hope he excells for Notre Dame and himself. He's most likely a good kid and maybe his Dad will get off Notre Dame's back now. 'Welcome Austin Collingswoth with open arms'. Chris just sit there and watch the game. I have a long memory. I 'm hoping May doesnt have a football player son who wants to look at Notre Dame.
                                                                  Project ahead when you think of what university you want to bring your family to as an alum. If it isnt Notre Dame then you should go to another school-from a subway alumni

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                                                                  • #34
                                                                    I hope his dad doesn't come to any games. He'll probably be to busy washing Tom Brady's sack to come anyways.

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                                                                    • #35
                                                                      I can see him as a slot receiver (as stated on ISD).
                                                                      2013 IE College Fantasy Football Champion

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                                                                      • #36
                                                                        Welcome to the ND family Austin. Glad to have you.

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                                                                        • #37
                                                                          Give the kid a break, he plays in Kentucky.......he is not playing in a football hotbed, it is probably a feat in itself to get noticed where he plays........I'll take the kid at this point, BK has been on the job for a week......at least he got someone......

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                                                                          • #38
                                                                            Welcome to the team Austin!!!!

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                                                                            • #39
                                                                              Originally posted by Junkhead View Post
                                                                              I can see him as a slot receiver (as stated on ISD).
                                                                              i hope not. we already have Toma on the roster and Bennet Jackson and Tai-ler Jones are both considered slot recievers. We need athletes on defense

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                                                                              • #40
                                                                                Originally posted by SoJerseyIrish View Post
                                                                                Give the kid a break, he plays in Kentucky.
                                                                                There was a Rivals article that talked about how players are rated. Chris Badger is a 3 star but if he were playing in California he would be a 4 star with the same skill set because of the competition so you could have something to this

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                                                                                • #41
                                                                                  I watched his videos from ESPN and whatnot and he seems to have a nose for the football on the defensive side. He also doesn't seem to quit on plays.
                                                                                  "If you're afraid of competition, maybe you shouldn't come to Notre Dame." -Brian Kelly

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                                                                                  • #42
                                                                                    Originally posted by jason_h537 View Post
                                                                                    There was a Rivals article that talked about how players are rated. Chris Badger is a 3 star but if he were playing in California he would be a 4 star with the same skill set because of the competition so you could have something to this
                                                                                    He is playing in the Army AA game though, right? He could potentially increase his ranking. Welcome to ND Austin!
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                                                                                    • #43
                                                                                      Also, I was reading somewhere the videos that are posted were supposedly only from his Sophomore year in highschool.
                                                                                      "If you're afraid of competition, maybe you shouldn't come to Notre Dame." -Brian Kelly

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                                                                                      • #44
                                                                                        Here's a free Rivals article. Nice read:

                                                                                        Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Collinsworth starts Kelly?s campaign
                                                                                        sigpic Silence implies consent.

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                                                                                        • #45
                                                                                          Could be a smart choice of recruits. Reestablishes the ND-NFL/National TV/PR direct connection. Kinda like a replacement for the loss of Weis/Polian in a recruiting sense.

                                                                                          Not impressed with his speed, but in the video provided he seems to have a nose for the football while on defense, and a nose for the end zone when he has the ball. He seems to have football savy.

                                                                                          Liked the angles he took to make the tackles.

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                                                                                          • #46
                                                                                            I think I like it from purely the Chris Collinsworth angle......LOL....now that smug, pompous ass will have to sit in ND stadium with a ND sweatshirt or hat on.....HA HA......

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                                                                                            • #47
                                                                                              Odd..

                                                                                              Always took his Dad for ND hater

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                                                                                              • #48
                                                                                                MVP on the USA's 4th ranked team...

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                                                                                                • #49
                                                                                                  Originally posted by OCIrish View Post
                                                                                                  Sorry, but it's not going to happen, if this is BK's idea of recruiting then stick a fork in us, we're done. I mean, hell, I've still got 4 yrs. of NCAA eligibility left, where's my offer? This is it? Scraping the bottom of the barrel?
                                                                                                  And you so much more than BK and other CFB coaches do regarding recruits potential, huh? He's a 3* and they're scraping the bottom of the barrel, huh? You're clueless ... go follow a different team!

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                                                                                                  • #50
                                                                                                    Cris Collinsworth's son eh? BK's first verbal is a kid who I thought had a father who hated ND.

                                                                                                    Who's next? Colin Cowherd's son? A little mark may running out of the tunnel in south bend?
                                                                                                    The yellow mustard pants are hideous and have to go.

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