I’ll be the first to admit that it’s on me. It must be my shortcomings as a football analyst.

I don’t see why Notre Dame and Purdue have emerged ahead of a pack that includes Iowa (the first to offer), Nebraska, Michigan State, Minnesota, Duke and Indiana in pursuit of 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker Jack Kiser out of 1-A Pioneer Junior-Senior High School in Royal Center, Ind.

I don’t see that level of ability and potential.

Listed as a three-star prospect and the No. 668 composite player, the nation’s No. 47 outside linebacker and the 10th best player in Indiana, Kiser comes from a town – Royal Center – with a population of 861 according to the 2010 census and an estimated 835 in 2016. There are 420 students in grades 7th through 12th at Pioneer.

Kiser is a leader and a winner. He quarterbacked the Panthers to the 1-A state runner-up with a 14-1 record as a sophomore, and then led them to a 15-0 mark in 2017 and the Indiana 1-A state championship.

He leads his team from the quarterback position offensively and roams the defense near the line of scrimmage from an inside-outside linebacker spot while also working on the back end from a safety position.

Any and all of the success that the Panthers achieved has run through Kiser. He plays physical, aggressive football defensively. He gets into the lower legs of ball carriers, wraps and drives through for the tackle. He controls most games on both sides of the football. He runs through most arm tackles. He flashes quality football instincts. He plays with passion and tenacity. He’s been a standout in track and field (Hoosier North Atlantic Conference MVP) as well as wrestling.

But I don’t see any distinguishing characteristics that translate to the level of Notre Dame football and its opponents.

If he were 6-foot-4 and wrecking lives, I could understand how one could project dominance that would translate on a much higher level. But he’s listed at 6-foot-2 and is probably closer to 6-foot-1. There would appear to be a very definitive cap on just how big Kiser can be with his frame.

He’s fairly quick and instinctive, but it comes against – for the most part – children on the 1-A level. There’s one clip of him tackling a running back that looks to be 5-foot-4, 130 pounds.

While he clearly is physically superior to the opposition, the gap is not as wide as one would expect from a 1-A level player recruited by Notre Dame and other Power 5 schools. Many of his big plays are a result of extremely poor decisions by quarterbacks just putting the football up for grabs.

With Notre Dame hopeful of landing linebackers Osita Ekwonu (Charlotte, N.C.) and Nick Henrich (Omaha, Neb.), the Irish could do extremely well at the position in the Class of 2019. I wouldn’t for a second think that my analysis is superior to the coaching staff at Notre Dame, led in this instance by defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Clark Lea.

The staff sees and knows way more about Kiser and the competition against which he competes than I do. I must be the one lacking foresight.

But if I were to compare him to an outside linebacker prospect signed by Notre Dame last year – Drew White – I would say White clearly was/is the better prospect (definitely quicker and faster), and White – due partly to a spring injury – is no where close to playing a meaningful down for Notre Dame.

This one must be on me. I must not be as astute of a football talent analyst as I thought.