PODCAST: Offensive Line Recruiting Must Get On Track

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame went into the 2021 recruiting cycle with aspirations of landing an elite group of offensive linemen. After a great start that involved landing one of the nation's best blockers in in-state star Blake Fisher, the Irish have struggled to close out on other top players.

Irish breakdown recruiting analyst Brian Smith and publisher Bryan Driskell discuss a wide array of topics regarding the 2021 offensive line class. The discussion begins with why there is a need for at least four blockers in this class, and why landing top talent is just as important, if not more so, than meeting the numbers need.

Following that breakdown the staff dives into a discussion regarding the mistakes and misses that led to the current predicament, but also the path to recovering and still landing one of the nation's best line hauls.

Notre Dame certainly finds itself in a tough spot, but it's still early enough for the staff to recover and bring in that kind of class. The podcast discusses what must happen to achieve that, but it will require the Fighting Irish staff to make some adjustments to not only the offensive line board, but how it goes about recruiting certain positions.

If the staff can quickly adjust and get on track this class could still be outstanding and meet the needs from a numbers and talent standpoint.

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Comments (13)
No. 1-5

Offensive line recruiting has been very disappointing so far as a whole. We fans were expecting a outstanding class of about 3 or 4 big time players and so far it's been way to many swing and misses. BK says he wants the program to start reaching that next tier in recruiting which is finishing in the top 5. My question is what are you doing DIFFERENTLY as a program to get there? Why are you recruiting these premier OL recruits like Harry is still here? Harry had a resume that allowed him to get the pick of the litter more times than not. Quinn and his resume doesn't come close and rival coaches are either using that or using something something else against him. It's great that recruits and parents like Quinn but that doesn't carry much weight with me if you are not capable of using those relationships to bring in these premier recruits.

It's only April so hopefully there is still time to salvage recruiting at the OL position.

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan


I’d also argue that ND was the leader for Nicholas Petit-Frere when Heistand left.

That’s not to blame Quinn for that, but it’s something else to note.


It’s so frustrating having one of the longest tenured head coaches in College Football with an OLine coach who has been in the college game for 30 years still “learning lessons” in recruiting planning. This inconsistency in attention to detail from year to year is why BK has been a second tier coach. It’s who he is. ND deserves better than what it’s getting right now


I just want to point out that the podcast was excellent. Brian Smith is a hell of an addition to this site. Thanks again for putting together an excellent product.


Outstanding stuff - Loved it!