Quarterback Ryan Kasdorf (6-1.5, 207, 4.7) from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame is flying under the radar and the reason why is somewhat of a mystery. He replaced Fighting Irish redshirt freshman, Dayne Crist and the Knights didn't skip a beat.
Maybe the reason that Kasdorf is being overlooked is not much was expected out of Notre Dame his junior season, yet Kasdorf led the surprising Knights to an 11-1 record and a playoff berth.
There is no doubt that Kasdorf was one of the main reasons his team played so well. He ended up throwing for 3,295 yards, and 36 touchdowns against only eight interceptions showcasing his skill as a decision maker.
Kasdorf is looking forward to showing schools that his junior season was just the beginning of more good things to come.
Notre Dame head coach Kevin Rooney wasn't surprised that Kasdorf played so well has a junior and he has a pretty good reason why.
"Ryan is a very accurate passer, he's very athletic, and very bright," Kevin Rooney said. "He understands, all the concepts and that stuff immediately. He has a great memory.
"Ryan is a great leader, by example," Rooney said. "He works especially hard in the weight room. He's not as big as (Notre Dame redshirt freshman) Dayne Crist or as fast has (USC senior athlete) Garrett Green, but he has been a much more effective passer than either of them were at Notre Dame.
"Ryan has broken all of their (Green and Crist) weight room records," Rooney said. "He's kind of quiet, you know, so think people sometimes don't think he's going to be a leader type guy, but everybody on our team knows that he's the guy who is running the show and getting things taken care of.
"Ryan is athletic, he can run as well as throw," Rooney said. "I think he has everything except being 6-3. He's 6-1, actually 6-1.5, but he's a really good football player."
There is a good chance that Kasdorf will get bigger since he did have a growing spurt both in height and weight since his junior season.
What separates Kasdorf from the others is his work ethic.
"Ryan works especially hard," Rooney said. "He loves football. It is all he thinks about and all he wants to do."
Kasdorf is getting mail from all over the place. Schools such as Washington State , USC, UCLA and Auburn have all expressed interest in Kasdorf at one time or another.
It appears that Kasdorf will be one of those players who will heat up on the recruiting trail once his senior season rolls around. He could be a victim of his own success.
Big things are expected out of Kasdorf's senior year and if he lives up to his expectations offers should certainly follow.