Brian Smith


Notre Dame has been pursuing several talented 2021 offensive tackle prospects. Trying to figure out the actual pecking order for Notre Dame, as well as any definitive ideas about where certain 2021 prospects currently lean proves difficult. Still, here’s a best guess as where several prospects stand today.

Tommy Brockermeyer, 6-6, 280, Fort Worth, TX (All Saints Episcopal) — many people consider this young man to be the best offensive lineman in the land, if not best player, for the class of 2021. Dad played for Texas so the ‘Horns are the favorite. Here’s the caveat: why hasn’t the big man committed?

Brockermeyer has seen several programs, Notre Dame included. What’s keeping him from just selecting Texas? It’s the easy choice, no doubt.

While easy, sometimes a legacy prefers to clear his own path. Notre Dame has been on both sides of this recruiting situation before. Hard to say how it will play out, but one item to pay attention to from this point forward.

If Brockermeyer takes additional visits to schools not named Texas, he’s not a lock to play in Austin. Simply put, he already has all the information he needs to sign with his father’s alma mater.

Once January arrives, schools will be hosting unofficial visitors in full force. Let’s see what Brockermeyer does.

Nolan Rucci, 6-8, 290, Lititz, PA (Warwick) — everyone seems to feel he’s leaning to Penn State, and that would not be a shock considering where he’s from. Still a couple other programs could be a factor.

Wisconsin, where his brother plays, and Notre Dame are two other possibilities that would not be a shock. Still a couple other programs could be a factor.

Wisconsin, where his brother plays, and Notre Dame or to other possibilities that would not be a shock.

Key for Notre Dame: must get Rucci back to South Bend and soon. Hard to overcome the in-state team without multiple unofficial visits.

Langdon Tengwell, 6-6, 300, Olney, MD (Good Cousel) — A popular name with Notre Dame with Irish fans for quite some time, Tengwell has been rumored to be a PSU lean for a while. This recruitment is very much like Brockermeyer. If he’s truly leaning, what’s the holdup?

This should be a decision made in the next two or three months. A couple more unofficial visits, and that should be it. Will Notre Dame receive another unofficial visit? That is the biggest question. As of right now it’s doubtful that Tengwell ends up in South Bend, but that’s why you keep pushing. One visit can totally change a recruitment.

Wyatt Milum, 6-6, 265, Huntington, WV (Spring Valley) — This is the player Irish fans should feel best about. Milum just finished a visit to Notre Dame and it went very well, by all accounts. The competition will be stiff.

Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, and a host of other schools still pursuing the talented player. The fact he has not committed to the in-state Mountaineers is a good sign.

Often times prospects from states with huge local followings will just commit to that school early. Milum continues to evaluate despite the huge in-state pull for the Mountaineers. Notre Dame has a pretty good shot here. Considering he can play left tackle, he would be a huge pickup for the Irish.

There are a few more possible OT prospects to consider, but much less is currently known. Not to mention, it appears that both the talented offensive linemen from Michigan will pick Notre Dame or Michigan. Nothing new there.

Look for the Irish to take at least four 2021 offensive linemen. If any of the above prospects sign with Notre Dame, it could be a great group up front. Remember, Blake Fisher already committed to Notre Dame. He’s one of the nation’s premiere talents.

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Brian Smith
Brian Smith

I have not heard anything on him honestly. He’s committed. That’s all I know.


Any word on Greg Crippen?