This is great news. Colzie has already met with Ireland staff and he is happy to be committed right now. Colzie was the nation’s top rated prospect in the 2017 Class coming out of high school and was regarded as a top 40 prospect by 247Sports. He didn’t lose for a second on his decision to commit to Notre Dame. Colzie had a stellar career at North Dakota and went on to play in the 2014 and 2015 College Championships. Colzie put up nearly 600 yards and seven touchdown catches in his senior year and was the NDSU Athletic Director’s Male Athlete of the Year. He also returned kicks, punted and was a member of the NDSU Fighting Sioux D-1 All-America team in 2014. Colzie was a solid-and-shallow deep threat with a tight end to his side and a big-play receiver to his rear. You can watch his highlights below and keep an eye on my video guide and I’ll be sure to update this blog if anything changes.
The commitment of Michael Colzie to Notre Dame from ESPN 300 means a whole new era for the Irish. Colzie has been a late enrollee and may end up as an early enrollee… if not for Irish commit Devin Smith , where he can be one of three or four early enrollees in 2016 (the others will be four-star Michigan commit Evan Engram and four-star wideouts Dede Westbrook , David Njoku and Quenton Nelson from the 2017 recruiting class). The Irish certainly won’t have a full-time QB before Njoku takes to the field in 2016-17 in case of Colzie’s injury or suspension. And while some believe Smith to be a two-year starter, Colzie won’t be the starter until the fall if and that means Smith can take on backup duty until Colzie can return. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…and I’ll be sure to update this blog if Colzie’s true commitment comes to an end. Colzie is the fourth commitment to that class that will be an early enrollee.
Update - 11/9/14 1:35 PM (8:35 AM CST): Michael Colzie has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. Here’s what the Irish tweeted Saturday afternoon:
This is big news for the defense. Michael Colzie will be drafted. Very special moment today for all of us here at Notre Dame football. We want to thank our student community, staff, and alumni for your overwhelming support.
Update - 11/27/14 3:11 PM: I thought I’d update this post today to share some more buzz around this commitment and I think you’ll have something of a nice update on the Colzie decision tomorrow:
Irish LB Michael Colzie (6-1, 220) also decided to visit Nebraska a few days ago & reportedly wants to play for the Cornhuskers. He was rumored to be visiting with Oregon on Friday, Sept. 21.
Irish LB Michael Colzie (6-1, 220) is no longer a #1-rated prospect.
The linebacker is committed to Ohio State #2.
UPDATE 10/31/14 - 9:30 PM EST: The ESPN 300 cornerback commits to the Irish for the 2016 recruiting cycle now! Rivals100 coach and former South Dakota QB Chad Kuchar is a member of the team, as is his brother, and they are all well known recruiting coaches in the area. Colzie was the biggest defensive back recruit in South Dakota history, and the 6-0, 216-pounder had already drawn a ton of talent with his impressive combine numbers. As we’ve discussed earlier, this is great news for the Irish and I imagine others in the country as well. He also took up the offer from LSU during the back end of this past week when the Tigers had some big defensive backs commit and get into talks with other programs. He also is a huge target for the Buckeyes with his size and ability to play the position in many different schemes.
Update 10/31/14 - 9:52 PM EST: T-Town CornerbackMichael Colzie has committed to Ohio State for the 2016 cycle. Colzie is the 24th cornerback I’ve covered here at CBS. The 6-1, 215-pounder is only a junior as a freshman and had been committed to Notre Dame since early January. His commitment comes nearly three weeks after I ran a story about the junior’s verbal commitment to Notre Dame. Also, because of the importance of the position, you’re in on the first day he could declare today at his campus (Benton) hotel. He has another interview scheduled today (Bost) at 1