George Takacs became the 12th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6’7″, 236-pound Florida standout opened a lot of eyes at the Nike Opening Regional in Miami recently; he impressed both attached and in the passing game, and in the process earned an invite to the finals in Oregon this summer. After the event Takacs named a top group without Notre Dame, but when he picked up his Irish offer a few days later everything changed. He actually hails from Indiana originally and his mother is an Irish alumna, so it was easier to for Notre Dame to make a quick impression here than it would be with a lot of kids. Takacs hit Indianapolis for the Rivals five-star challenge this weekend, then swung by Notre Dame to check in with the staff and offer his pledge.
Recruiting Service Rankings
247 Sports — 3 star (89 rating), #310 overall, #14 TE, #48 in FL
Rivals — 4 star (5.8 rating), #234 overall, #10 TE, #46 in FL
Scout — 4 star, NR overall, #14 TE, #47 in FL
ESPN — 4 star (82 rating), #176 overall, #5 TE, #43 in FL
247 Composite — 4 star (.8617), #258 overall, #11 TE, #46 in FL
Takacs also holds offers from Arkansas, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, among others. Florida, Wisconsin, and Georgia were his leaders before he received his Notre Dame offer.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Takacs recorded a 4.87 40 at the Opening regional, and from his tape that looks about right. He isn’t going to run past anyone. That’s fine, though, because there’s plenty to like about other parts of his game that have nothing to do with speed. I usually hate to do the comparison thing, but when I watched this junior highlight reel I couldn’t help but think of Troy Niklas. Takacs is raw as a blocker – he needs to work on sinking his backside on run blocks in particular – but he’s fierce and he loves to bury people, even bigger guys on occasion. Sound familiar?
He’s also adept at finding soft spots in coverage and making himself available to the quarterback, he’s fearless in traffic, and once he turns upfield he’s a load to bring down. I could’ve written the same thing about Troy a few years ago. One big difference between them is that Takacs displays much more natural receiving ability than Niklas, which is not surprising given that Niklas was a converted defensive end. Takacs does a good job of snatching the ball out of the air and shows nice soft hands.
From his performance at the Opening event some fans might get the impression that Takacs is a jumbo receiver, but I think he’s a legitimate combo tight end who will find a very nice home in Chip Long’s offense. With Notre Dame’s glut of talent at the tight end position, one might tend to think that he’ll have a chance to redshirt. I think he might be called on as a true freshman though, given Long’s predilection for two tight end sets.
The Irish will lose Durham Smythe after this season, which will send them into 2018 with fifth-year Nic Weishar, senior Alize Jones, sophomore Brock Wright, sophomore Cole Kmet, and Takacs. It’s slightly possible that Alize Jones could put enough on tape this season to enter the 2018 draft. That scenario would then leave Notre Dame with an exact two-deep at tight end for Long, and would nearly guarantee that Takacs would play as a freshman. I think he’d be physically capable if needed in 2018, but whether he is or not, he definitely has the look of a potential starter down the road and is a great addition to the 2018 recruiting class.
Welcome to the Irish family, George!