Measurements listed: 6 ft 4 ¼, 224 lbs.
2022-23 Eligibility: A new freshman, States has all four seasons remaining.
Depth Chart: There is no shortage of tight ends at Notre Dame, of course, led by perhaps the best tight end in the country. Michael Mayer. Sophomore Mitchell Evans will complement Mayer most often, but even between him and the new freshman duo, there’s another pair of tight ends on the depth chart.
Recruiting: Stas and classmate Eli Reardon committed to the Irish for a week in early May, continuing Notre Dame’s habit of signing two tight ends in every set cycle. By the end of the cycle, Staes was considered the No. 8 tight end in the class, three steps behind Raridon. When Staes signed with the Irish in December, he was Only 23rd in the class, but his eventual rise was foreshadowed by offers from countries such as Alabama, his home states of Georgia and Texas.
Stace originally made a commitment to Penn State in August 2020, a commitment that was in place for six months and that may have been ill-advised during the pandemic recruiting dead period.
NAME, IMAGE, SIMILARITY
Video commitments are mostly rehearsed, exaggerated and repetitive. Then Staes…
WHAT THEY SAID WHEN STAES SIGNED IN DECAB
“Staes’ height of 6’4 highlights his wingspan, a perfect trait in the tight end. Add to that his clear routes, and Staes could already be a college receiver. The Irish won’t rely on him until he proves himself as a blocker, but this has often been a shorter learning period for Notre Dame’s tight ends. …
“The Irish were very high on both Kane Burrong and Mitchel Evans this season, even if only Evans has seen a lot of playing time for the two freshmen. One of them will probably enter into George Takach‘ as an addition to the All-American Michael Mayer, leaving Stace with only third-line or H-back duties.”
FORECAST FOR 2022
It’s hard to imagine Staes finishing fifth or sixth on the depth table in 2022. However, he should appear in four games, especially given that he could fit in well with kick-off teams.
The work of the scouting team can pay long-term dividends in the form of this freshman defender. Steve Angeli will shoot at this level in many practices, giving Stace a chance to build a relationship with a possible future Irish starting quarterback.
ON THE WAY TO
Let’s assume that Staes stays in the tight end – his body profile could match the boundary receiver, and in this position at the moment there is a desperate lack of options. When Mayer goes to the first round of the NFL Draft in 2023, Notre Dame will have to find a new all-rounder.
Evans and current sophomore Kane Burrong fit that description on paper, though Evans is still new to the former high school quarterback job. Raridon’s athleticism will attract a lot of attention in practice as well. But Staes has what it takes to become an all-around tight end.
In many ways, the Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rhys likes a fake receiver at the tight end. Tyler Eiffert served him well in his playing days, and he enjoyed the luxury of playing Cole Kmet and Michael Mayer in his current role.
When you realize that these are the three bottlenecks of Notre Dame that Rhys has the most experience with, it becomes quite obvious how big these shoes are going to be.
WHY NOT. 85?
Notre Dame has quietly announced new freshman numbers this week, including Staces at number 85. The guess for this spot was to be number 44, based on his high school jersey and thus the perceived delay in entering this streak, but 85 numbers more. as befits a tight end who can play as wide receiver as often as they don’t, and they’re available after Takacs moved to Boston College this winter.
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Best tight ends in the class of 2022 according to Rivals.com
NOTRE DAME 99-TO-0
From Blake Groupe to Braden Lenzi, the off-season countdown begins anew
No. 99 Blake Group, kicker, transfer of the State of Arkansas
No. 99 Riley Mills, junior guard, player who now plays more in the end.
#98 Tyson Ford, early freshman, quarterback hired as a four-star endgame.
No. 97 Gabriel Rubio, sophomore, quarterback, still “wide like a Volkswagen.”
No. 92 Aidan Keanaaina, a young defender who tore his cruciate ligament in March.
#91 Josh Bryan Sophomore Kicker
#91 Aiden Gobaira, Freshman Early Enrollment Guard, Four-Star Recruit
No. 90 Alexander Ehrensberger, junior defender, the German project is nearing completion.
No. 88 Mitchell Evans, sophomore tight end
No. 87 Michael Mayer Jr. Tight End, Likely All-American
No. 84 Kevin Bauman, Jr. Tight End
#83 Jaden Thomas, Sophomore Receiver, Four-Star Former Rookie
#80 Kane Burrong, sophomore who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
No. 79 Tosh Baker, one of four young Irish strikers.
#78 Pat Coogan, sophomore at center, recovering from a meniscus injury.
No. 77 Tai Chan, offensive tackle starter, former four-star rookie.
No. 76 Joe Alt, Sophomore, Beginning Left Tackle
#75 Josh Lagg, year six, offensive lineman, likely starting right back.
#74 Billy Shrout, early enrolled forward freshman after foot surgery.
#73 Andrew Christophic, senior forward turned defenseman.
#72 Caleb Johnson Sophomore Offensive, Former Auburn Bail
No. 68 Michael Carmody, junior offensive line mate.
No. 65 Michael Vinson, Long Bass, “Milk”
#65 Chris Smith Defensive Tackle Harvard Transfer
No. 59 Aamil Wagner, an established four-star freshman forward.
No. 58 Ashton Craig New Freshman Center
#57 Jason Ademilola, fifth-year quarterback, after shoulder surgery.
#56 Joey Tanona, early-listed hitter with a concussion.
No. 56 Howard Cross, senior quarterback with heavy hands, and that’s good.
No. 55 Jarret Patterson, Year Five Offensive Linesman, Three Year Starting Center, Captain
No. 54 Jacob Lacy, senior quarterback, is now lighter and in the starting lineup.
#54 Blake Fischer, Sophomore, Starting Right Tackle, “Huge”
No. 52 Zeke Correll Senior Center or Possibly Left Back
No. 52 Bo Bauer, Fifth Year Linebacker, Ironman
No. 50 Rocco Spindler Sophomore Shooting Guard
#48 Will Schweitzer Sophomore Turned Linebacker
No. 47 Jason Oin, Sophomore, Defensive Tackle
#41 Donovan Hinish, freshman starting quarterback, Kurt’s brother.
#9 Eli Raridon, Rookie Freshman, tight end with an ACL tear.