Future Looking Bright For The Notre Dame Offensive Line

RPalmeri

Notre Dame landed a major commitment from the class of 2021 offensive guard Rocco Spindler. Spindler is rated as the 48th overall player in the country in the 247Sports composite rankings and the third-best player at his position. Spindler announced his commitment to the Fighting Irish over the weekend.

Spindler joins offensive tackle Blake Fisher in the Notre Dame 2021 class. The pair should give Notre Dame the highest rated pair since it signed Liam Eichenberg and Tommy Kraemer in 2016. The could also round out what is looking to be another terrific offensive line group for Notre Dame.

More Offensive Line Talent

With the addition of Spindler, Notre Dame now has four offensive linemen in their class. Spindler and Fisher are Top 50 overall players and fall just outside that elite window. Three-stars Pat Coogan and Joe Alt round out the class for Notre Dame to bring this offensive line group to four.

This is on pace to be in the discussion for the strongest group in the last half-decade. The last time Notre Dame had two offensive linemen rated this high was that 2016 group. Kraemer was a five-star and 26th overall player and Eichenberg was a four-star and the 80th overall player in the country in that class. Those two have been heavily involved along the offensive line throughout their careers. Now with the addition of Spindler and Fisher, the new crop of players is coming up the ranks.

Bright Future Up Front

Looking at the offensive line classes from 2019-2021 points to a bright future. Once Spindler and Fisher officially sign and get on campus, they join a strong group. The 2020 class featured offensive tackles Tosh Baker and Michael Carmody. Both players were in the top 150 on 247 Sports in the 2020 class.

The 2019 recruiting class featured Zeke Correll at center, Quinn Carroll and Andrew Kristofic at tackle, and John Olmstead at guard. Zeke Correll was ranked 95th overall, Carroll ranked 118th, Kristofic was 183rd and Olmstead was 185th overall according to the composite ranking.

These three classes will give Notre Dame four offensive linemen rated in the Top 100 in their class. It will also have eight offensive linemen rated in the top 200 overall players and all eight were rated as a four-star.

While there has been some valid criticism of the offensive line play since Jeff Quinn has taken over, I am of the opinion that recruiting hasn't missed a beat. Quinn has moved up to the seventh rated recruiter in the country on 247Sports since the Spindler commitment.

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Comments (9)
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Jpirish58
Jpirish58

Nice article, I agree that Quinn needs to step on the coaching end being 7th nationally in recruiting is not all bad. I know the Quinn haters wont like this but, nice article Keep up the good work.

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chamgel
chamgel

There is a difference between believing ND can do better at offensive line coaching and being a “Quinn hater”... just because I felt he wasn’t the right hire, or feel like he’s not a good enough coach to win a title with doesn’t mean Im not cheering for the guy. I’d love for him to prove me wrong and lead an elite offensive line unit at ND, because if that happens Notre Dame will once again contend for the playoffs.

The only coach at ND I’ve ever actively cheered against was BVG in 2016 because it should have been clear to Kelly after 2015 it was time to move on....

Jpirish58
Jpirish58

I just think Quinn gets heat because he's a "Kelly" guy. He's doing a dam good job recruiting according to 247 sports rankings 7th in the country. Im not an "Insider" so I'll take their word for it.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

This is exactly what I'm talking about. You just have to do this every single time. No one that I know of hates Quinn. I've said a million times I think he's actually a pretty great dude. Stop this dude, seriously, it's beneath you. It's also disingenuous. Grown ups can criticize the job a person does and not hate them.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Then why do I hammer him? I've praised Mike Elston a ton, he's a Kelly guy. I hyped up and praised his hire of Mike Mickens. He's a Kelly guy. Comments like this aren't actually addressing the issues raised by most people like myself and chamgel about what's going on. It's just a random drive by insult that doesn't actually stoke a desire to converse with you.

Jpirish58
Jpirish58

Well I think people dont like him for that reason, not saying you, but he followed Heistand who's a very good OL coach. If Quinn is rated the 7th highest recruiter in the country he's not half bad. I get you shoot shoot for the moon in recruiting but having an OL rated in the top 5 in the country is pretty dam good. Thats my point. If you dont want to respond to me It's your field Bryan, buy I'm not going to not push back sometimes on some of your takes.

Have a great day

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Who? What people on this site, what people on the message boards at Irish Breakdown don't like him personally, or don't like him b/c he's a Kelly guy? Engage those people, point those people out.

Push back all you want, I've told you that a million freaking times. But come at me with data. I allowed someone who works for me to publish this article that doesn't agree with me. Clearly opposing views are allowed. But the difference between Ryan and you are he actually backs up his point of view, he doesn't just hurl false allegations and insults at people with no data to support his view.

Jpirish58
Jpirish58

I'll make sure that I will call out those people individually in the future. I dont throw a random allegations. I call them as I see them. Thank you very much. I will maintain people dont like Quinn because they wanted Kelly to go out and hire a different OL coach. Well as far as Im concerned he's doing pretty dam good, but then again I'm just a fan Not a Insider

Good day Sir

abc2aych
abc2aych

how dare you suggest that Quinn isnt a lazy shiftless bastard :-)