He comes with a short coaching CV, but apparently enough charisma to overcome it in Marcus Freeman the eyes.
At least Chansi Stuckey, The choice of Notre Dame as DelVaughn Alexander Substitute as wide receivers coach, has spent five seasons where his new players will eventually want to end up – the NFL.
A source has confirmed the hiring, with an official announcement expected after the end of Notre Dame’s extended verification process.
The 38-year-old Clemson graduate’s sole season as a positional coach led Baylor’s vast receiving hall last season. In 2020, he took on an offensive player development role at Clemson after serving as a graduate assistant for the Tigers in 2019 during Stuckey’s first venture into the college football coaching world.
His path briefly crossed paths with current Notre Dame coach John McNulty in 2011, during Stuckey’s final season in the NFL.
Between play and training, Stuckey dabbled in sports media and wealth management.
Stuckey played quarterback and wide receiver at Clemson (2003-06), winning All-ACC honors in 2006 and being drafted in the seventh round the following spring by the New York Jets.
The biggest test for the Warner Robins, Georgia, from Notre Dame, will attract new elite talent to the wide receiver for the Irish.
“When you’re a wide catcher coach, recruiting is your strong suit,” said CBS recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “You are making a name for yourself by spending a lot of time and effort in recruiting. Look at Alabama, Ohio State, LSU. They have the great players so they make the coaches look great.
“This is a position where recruiting is very important. Notre Dame cannot oppose this change of coach. They must have one, find a good recruiter.
Freeman attacked the former Ohio State teammate first Brian hartline, who became one of the nation’s top scouts in his three seasons as a full-time coach with the Buckeyes after initially serving in an interim position.
He will have a raise and a new title (Passing Game Coordinator) to stay put when the two teams meet to open the season on September 3 in Columbus, Ohio.
by Purdue JaMarcus Shephard was reportedly interviewed for the post on Tuesday, but Stuckey – in town for an interview on Wednesday – was the preference of Freeman and the offensive coordinator Tommy rees. Shephard would accept the vacant position in Washington, for which he had previously been interviewed.
Alabama receivers coach Holmon Wiggins was also in the game.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s grand reception hall saw both notable development by players like Chase claypool, Miles boykin and Kevin Austin Jr., but also alarming attrition, with steep peaks and valleys on the recruiting trail to accompany it.
The Irish have signed 11 high school receivers in the 2017-2020 cycles, with the last three full cycles being led by Alexander. Seven of the 11 ended up being transferred and two others changed positions.
Alexander helped build a strong class in 2021 – Lorenzo Styles, Deion Colzie and Jayden thomas – and was on his way to another in 2022, when CJ Williams and Amorion Walker were 11-hour no-shows.
Four-star prospect Tobias Merriweather was the only ND signatory in December. The Irish coaching team have since expanded their wide range of receivers and recently offered scholarships to a pair of unsigned 2022 prospects – Justius Lowe and Caleb Douglas.
The Irish are also actively consulting the transfer portal.
Stuckey joins Cincinnati Brian mason and timeless Harry hiestand in the Notre Dame pool of new assistant coaches not announced but confirmed. Mason will coach the special teams, while Hiestand will take over the Irish offensive line for a second round of service.
The last of the four vacancies is the former job of Freeman, defensive coordinator. Notre Dame is also planning to increase its staff of analysts.