Notre-Dame engagement profile: Brenan Vernon, defensive end


Notre Dame is in the process of setting up elite defensive transport, and one of the key elements of this class is the defensive end. Brenan Vernon.


Hometown: Mentor, Ohio
High school: Mentor

Height: 6-5
Weight: 250

IB level: 4.0 (Top 100 caliber prospect)
Higher level: 5.0

Offers: Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa State, Duke

Recruited by: Mike Elston


Rivals: 4 stars – N ° 15 overall – N ° 4 strong side
ESPN: 4 stars – N ° 59 overall – N ° 7 defensive end
On3: 4 stars – No. 123 overall – No. 18 defensive lineman
247Sport: 4 stars – No. 151 overall – No. 22 defensive lineman
Composite: 4 stars – No. 62 overall – No. 9 defensive lineman


At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Vernon already has a thick, powerful frame that should be able to support at least an additional 15-20 pounds, but there’s also plenty of room for him to get stronger, thicker, and more powerful without necessarily jump its size to the max.

Vernon plays against exceptional competition and shows his ability to play big boys’ ball. He has impressive natural power and a strong feeling for the game. Vernon has heavy hands and plays with a good pad level. Even as a young player he can throw linemen and his block destruction is advanced for his age. As his technique improves, he plans to become an elite defender.

The Mentor star is an unorthodox athlete, moving with an interesting gait and somewhat choppy style. It shows an impressive initial burst, closing speed and its motor is powerful. Don’t let his awkward style of movement be mistaken for a lack of athleticism. As a pre-season player and in summer camps, Vernon has shown his ability to jump off the ball and compete against the best tackles.

He’ll need to keep improving his arsenal of quick passes and he’ll need to improve his pad level, but Vernon has the combination of length, power and athleticism to become a powerful top-notch rusher.

For Notre Dame, her game reminds me a bit of the old Irish standout Khalid karim. Like Kareem, Vernon is not an explosive athlete or exhibits elite athleticism, but his power, athleticism and football instincts are exceptional. Like Kareem, Vernon plans to be a high impact defender as the big end of the Irish defense, but Vernon shows a bit more rush potential than Kareem at the same age.


5.0 – Elite player
4.5 – 100% American caliber player
4.0 – Multi-year starter
3.5 – Key player / Late career beginner
3.0 – Backup


DE Brenan Vernon is committed to Notre-Dame

Class Impact: FROM Brenan Vernon to Notre-Dame

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