CLASS IMPACT: OL Rocco Spindler To Notre Dame

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame picked up a big time commitment with consensus Top 100 offensive lineman Rocco Spindler picking the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame's staff invested years in Spindler's recruitment, and it paid off as he is now in the 2021 class.

Notre Dame beat finalists Michigan, LSU, Ohio State and Penn State to land Spindler's pledge. The talented blocker also had offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Michigan State, West Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Northwestern and Syracuse.

Let's take a look at how Spindler's commitment impacts the Notre Dame class and depth chart.

CLASS IMPACT

Spindler gives Notre Dame 17 committed players in the 2021 class, and he is the ninth offensive pledge. Notre Dame now has four offensive linemen in the class, with Spindler joining fellow Top 100 recruit Blake Fisher, Minnesota blocker Joe Alt and Illinois guard Pat Coogan.

Barring Notre Dame somehow coming from behind and landing tackle Nolan Rucci or flipping a stud like Wyatt Milum, the 2021 offensive line haul won't be as good as it should have been. But if you look at the class for what it is, not what it was supposed to be, landing Spindler is huge.

Spindler is Notre Dame's highest ranked offensive lineman on the composite list, and at No. 48 nationally he's the second highest ranked player in the class, behind only quarterback Tyler Buchner, who ranks No. 41. Landing two Top 100 linemen (Spindler, Fisher) gives Notre Dame a pair of upper-level talents in the class.

Notre Dame now has five Top 100 recruits in the Rivals100, with Spindler - their No. 56 player - joining Fisher (#22), wide receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr. (#39), Buchner (#45) and defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio (#99).

Spindler is also a high ceiling player, and barring injury it's hard to see him not being at least a quality player in a Notre Dame uniform. His upside, of course, is that of an All-American caliber player. That kind of floor-ceiling combination is a great way to add to an offensive line class.

Landing Spindler also means Notre Dame gets to its minimum numbers requirement for blockers in the class.

NOTRE DAME FIT

Spindler is an intriguing prospect in that while he plays guard and projects best to the interior, he's athletic and long enough to move outside if the need arose. That kind of versatility is the first thing that stands out when look at his addition to the class.

When you pop on the film the first thing you notice about Spindler is his physicality. Also a standout high school wrestler, Spindler plays with good pad level and he has strong hands. He bullies opponents at the line of scrimmage, and Spindler plays with the kind of edge and aggressiveness you want in a big-time blocker.

Another trait you want in a top blocker is the ability to finish, and Spindler grades out well with this part of his game. Finishing at the prep level just requires size and strength, but to be a strong finisher in college you must also play with good technique, know how to play angles, have strong hands and stay locked onto defenders.

Spindler shows the ability to not only throw his weight around, but he stays locked on, keeps his pads in good position and uses his technique to be an effective finisher. As he improves his knee bend you'll see him become even more dominant with this part of his game.

The Clarkston standout shows the athleticism needed to be a dominant college player. His initial burst is outstanding, he fires off the line, he is quick getting around on pulls/traps and he's comfortable working in space. Those traits make him arguably the nation's best interior blocker, but they are also the traits that make me think he could even play tackle if the need arose.

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Comments (61)
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Jpirish58
Jpirish58

This is a very good OL haul considering the fact that it's still early and they are trying to flip others OL targets. It's like I said. Kelly Quinn and co will never be good enough for some of the nay sayers. I will tip my cap to them on this because some people would have wanted heads to roll of they didn't get Rocco. Quinn isn't Hestand but he ain't bad .
Go Irish

ndocd
ndocd

Michigan. LSU. Ohio State. Penn State. Alabama. Oklahoma. Florida. Wisconsin. Michigan State. Nebraska.

It's the schools that Rocco DIDN'T choose that makes me most happy with his decision.

NDEDDY47
NDEDDY47

Coach D. I still can't figure out why Wyatt Milum picked West Virginia over Notre Dame. Do you have any information on this?

NDEDDY47
NDEDDY47

I know two Football players for the University of Buffalo that know Landon Tengwell really well. They both told me he told them he was going to PSU since he was in the 8th grade. Do you think the big Recruiting weekend in March that was cancelled hurt ND in his recruitment? Thank you.

T_RICCIO
T_RICCIO

Agree 100% - really good posts

T_RICCIO
T_RICCIO

While I agree 100% that ND should have hired Joe Moorhead as our OC, IMO PSU had better skill talent in 2016 then ND has returning this year.

Irish For Life
Irish For Life

@Bryan Driskell

Coach - I am so happy to see ND get this commitment. WTG to all the staff. Now they need to hold onto all the commitments.

What other needs does ND have yet to fill in the 2020 class? Does ND look like they can make it? What luxury prospects is ND in the running for?

PS I pray you are well.

cydogg
cydogg

Not everything is black and white, there's a heckuva a lot grey out there. It seems like some of us can't see that.
Anyways I think you're demanding but fair with superior credentials and knowledge compared any other ND writer.
Keep on being you and Go Irish !!!

KevinPS
KevinPS

All this analysis and I still have NO IDEA (yes, I'm yelling) whether he knows how to root hog! @Bryan Driskell , how COULD you leave this out?!?!?! Root hog--the foundation of offensive line play.
Seriously folks, years ago I asked Bryan what this term meant and he said, "Uh, Kev, I've only heard OL coaches use it and, they're...different."


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