After signing just one safety in the Class of 2011, the Notre Dame coaching staff needed to add quality and depth to the safety position with the Class of 2012. Notre Dame will sign four safeties in this class, and Virginia standout C.J. Prosise (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest) might have the most raw talent of any player in that group. Prosise comes from a small private school in Virginia and his level of competition was not good, but he dominated his competition over the last two years in impressive fashion. The Woodberry Forest standout was the state Player of the Year and a First Team All-State player as a senior after making 51 tackles and seven interceptions. Prosise also showed his playmaking ability by returning four punts, a fumble, and an interception for touchdowns as a senior. His combination of athleticism and playmaking ability is why schools like Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin offered him a scholarship. After visiting Notre Dame in May, Prosise decided to end his recruitment early by choosing Notre Dame. Prosise combined with Texas athlete Nicky Baratti to give the Irish a strong foundation at the position, and Notre Dame went on to add four-star standout Elijah Shumate and three-star in-state safety John Turner.
Prosise has very good size and a great frame for the safety position. His rangy athleticism and body is perfect for the safety position. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Prosise possesses very good length and has a good frame that could easily get up to 215-220 pounds while adding explosiveness. Prosise has a long body, possessing long arms and long legs, which allow him to cover a lot of ground off the hash. As a senior, Prosise showed improved strength and a willingness to mix it up in the run game. He was more physical as a senior and delivered more big hits from the safety position. Despite his improvements there is still quite a bit of work to be done in this regards. Prosise still needs to get stronger and continue to develop physically. He must continue to develop his lower body and most importantly he must improve his upper body strength in order to handle the rigors of playing defense at the next level. With his frame and raw tools I expect to see Prosise make huge strides as a freshman if he is willing to put in the work. He is the type of athlete that usually makes significant weight room strides during his first year in college, which in turn brings about significant improvements in his overall athletic talents. When one refers to “upside” about an athlete this is often the case, that is what I see in Prosise. As good as he is now, athletes like him often tend to really take off in college from an athletic and strength standpoint.