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Paulson Adebo to Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Land 4-Star ATH Prospect

June 20, 2016

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish bolstered their 2017 recruiting class Monday after 4-star athlete Paulson Adebo announced his commitment to the program. 

Adebo, who hails from Mansfield High School in Texas, is listed by 247Sports’ composite rankings as the 16th-best athlete prospect, the No. 39 player out of the Lone Star State and the 254th overall recruit.

Although he’s proven capable of playing both ways, thriving as a receiver and a defensive back, Adebo seems to have a particularly bright future on offense.

The 6’0″, 180-pound playmaker showed his knack for finding paydirt with 11 touchdown catches as a junior, and he racked up a total of 41 receptions for 730 yards.

Adebo doesn’t quite have prototypical height for the wide receiver position, yet he plays bigger and stronger than his listed measurements. One of his biggest assets is the ability to high-point the ball, which comes in handy on contested catches and downfield passes.

Ball skills are more or less a natural gift, and Adebo has that attribute in spades. His route running is also more developed than most other top receiver recruits, which bodes well for Adebo’s transition to the NCAA.

With deceptive, smooth lateral quickness and considerable speed to complement his agility, Adebo gives Notre Dame fans plenty of reason to be excited about his impending arrival.

Competition figures to be stiff for playing time when Adebo arrives in South Bend, Indiana. There’s still room for him to bulk up and improve the finer points of his game, but Adebo should ultimately be right at home in coach Brian Kelly‘s spread offensive attack.


Star rating and recruit info via 247Sports unless otherwise noted. 

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