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Quinn the gem of Notre Dame's class

Updated: September 26, 2002, 1:12 PM ET
By by Tom Lemming, ESPN.com football recruiting analyst | ESPN.com football recruiting analyst
Earlier this year, my No. 16-ranked prospect, Brady Quinn (6-4, 210, 4.65) of Dublin (Coffman), Ohio, was probably the fastest-rising QB recruit in the nation. It seemed like schools were falling over themselves to offer him -- big-time passing programs such as Miami (Fla.), Florida, FSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Colorado, Stanford and Georgia Tech -- as soon as they saw his film. Late this summer, he ended the suspense by committing to Notre Dame.

He's a legit 6-4 with a super-strong arm who can throw the ball more than 70 yards and complete the deep out pattern with accuracy and authority.

He looks like a polished college QB already and is definitely one of the top four high school signal-callers in the country. The prototypical drop-back QB, he's very poised and can pick apart a defense with his great touch. I was amazed at his ability to find the open receiver. Although he's not a great runner, he has quick feet and good instincts and can step up and throw in the face of a strong rush.

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