Ain’t he a peach?!
On Friday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were able to finish its tight end recruiting for the 2022 cycle when 4-Star TE Holden Staes announced his commitment. The 6’5” 230 pounder from Atlanta, Georgia, was the top tight end on Notre Dame’s board.
From what I’ve seen, Staes didn’t play a lot of in-line tight end in high school. He played detached and in the slot in the passing game. So, if you instantly want to call him a taller version of Tommy Tremble (it’s a Georgia thing), that would mostly be inaccurate. He does appear to be a physical pass receiver, and shows that physicality on defense as well.
Staes is the 13th commitment of the 2022 class — a class that is firmly in the #4 spot now according to the 247 Composite Team Rankings.
Notre Dame is done at tight end for the 2021 cycle — obviously. It was actually a strange turn of events as another Georgia tight end, Jack Nickel, was one of the first commitments in this class — until Notre Dame turned up the heat on both Eli Raridon and Holden Staes, and he decided to decommit this spring.
There is a lot of work still to do in the 2022 class, but with official visits starting back up next month and a lot of 4-Star guys in the mix, Notre Dame is in a great position to really have one of its strongest classes of the Brian Kelly era.
I’m really excited about the addition of Staes, as he’s a perfect fit at Notre Dame on and off the field.
So FIST PUMPS UP for Holden Staes!