POSITION: RUNNING BACK
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0”/220 LBS.
BIRTHDATE: MAY 20, 1994
BIRTHPLACE: PETERSBURG, VA
COLLEGE: NOTRE DAME
C.J. Prosise is an American running back for the Seattle Seahawks from Petersburg, Virginia and former player for the University of Notre Dame. On January 1, 2016, following Notre Dame’s loss against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, Prosise announced that he would forego his remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
At Woodberry Forest School in Midson County, Virginia, Prosise played safety, wide receiver and kick returner, and was rated a three-star recruit at safety by Rivals.com. He earned First-Team Virginia All-State honors in both 2010 and 2011, and was named the Central Virginia Defensive Player of the Year for 2011 by the Charlottesville Daily Progress. Prosise was also First-Team defensive back on the All-Central Virginia squad, Prep League Player of the Year and First-Team defensive back on Richmond Times-Dispatch Prep League All-District team for 2011. He would commit to play college football at the University of Notre Dame.
After redshirting his 2012 freshman year at Notre Dame, Prosise played in all 13 games as a wide receiver and on special teams in the 2013 season where he tallied 7 receptions for 72 yards, and recorded 4 tackles. Prosise saw his first career reception, a 16-yarder, on September 7 against Michigan, and had a career-best 2 receptions for 25 yards, including a career-long 20-yard grab, in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
In his second season of full play in 2014, Prosise made 6 starts. He recorded his first career touchdown on a 53-yard touchdown grab from Everett Golson in the season-opening victory over Rice on August 30. He rounded out the season with 29 receptions for 516 yards and 2 touchdowns, and led the Fighting Irish in special teams tackles with 11. Prosise threw down a post-season emphasis with 3 receptions for 34 yards, 75-yards rushing on 3 carries (including a 50-yard touchdown run), and one special teams tackle in the Irish’s 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU on December 30, 2014.
On September 5, 2015, Prosise took over lead back duties for Notre Dame when Tarean Folston left for the sidelines in the game against Texas, in the first quarter. At the helms of the eventual 38-3 victory, Prosise ran 20 times for 98 yards. In his first start as running back against Virginia, he rushed for 155 yards with a touchdown. In his following start against Georgia Tech, he rushed for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a 91-yard rushing touchdown, the longest in Notre Dame Stadium history. Prosise finished the season rushing for 1,032 yards on 156 carries (11 touchdowns), and 28 receptions for 308 yards (1 touchdown).
In January 2016, Roc Nation Sports announced that it has signed Prosise to its roster of athletes ahead of his 2016 NFL Draft appearance.