BREAKING: Notre Dame Lands Top 100 OL Rocco Spindler

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame has landed a major commitment, picking up Clarkston (Mich.) High School offensive lineman Rocco Spindler.

Spindler is a consensus Top 100 recruit that is the No. 48 overall player in the country according to the 247Sports composite ranking. He's ranked as the third best guard in the land and the third best player from the state of Michigan.

Notre Dame made Spindler a priority in the 2021 class from the outset, and it was clear he was a must-get at that time. A Midwestern blocker that combines toughness, versatility and athleticism, Spindler was an ideal fit for the Notre Dame offensive line.

Line coach Jeff Quinn and head coach Brian Kelly both spent considerable time recruiting Spindler. The relationships with both coaches was a big part of his decision.

"[Brian] Kelly, he's a great dude," Spindler told Eric Rutter of WolverineDigest. "He recruited me hard for the last four years. Coach [Jeff] Quinn gets tow and three-stars and develops them into something, and now they're in the NFL and doing something tremendous."

Spindler joins Avon (Ind.) High School big man Blake Fisher as Top 100 offensive linemen to commit to Notre Dame. Spindler ranks No. 48 overall while Fisher checks in at No. 84. The Michigan native is the second highest ranked player in the Notre Dame class, behind only quarterback Tyler Buchner, who ranks No. 41.

The 6-5, 290-pound big man is a two-way standout for Clarkston, dominating as both a guard and defensive tackle. There were some programs that recruited Spindler to play defense early on, but his upside on offense is even greater.

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.

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Comments (25)
No. 1-9
Jpirish58
Jpirish58

Yes Who says the staff can't recruit the OL.

Sit Down . Go Irish.

11 Replies

t13bru
t13bru

They can’t recruit like they should. That’s not really debatable.

Jpirish58
Jpirish58

Again they have done a nice job as I stated before some will never be happy. Quinn isn't Heistand but he ain't bad. They got their man. That's not debatable

t13bru
t13bru

Yes. They did a good job in what was supposed to be a great class.

Mason Plummer
Mason Plummer

Editor

I think it's fair to say this is a great pickup for Notre Dame and that there is plenty of credit due to both Jeff Quinn and Brian Kelly here, but this offensive line class could have been much more.

Landing Fisher, Spindler, Coogan, and Alt is nice, but imagine replacing one of the latter two with Landon Tengwall, Nolan Rucci, or Wyatt Milum.

Each of those three guys had Notre Dame interest and may have been Irish had things worked out differently.

t13bru
t13bru

Exactly. Credit for what they did. Too many misses in this class and last compared to what’s expected.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

This is soooooooo annoying.

Tell you what, I won't hammer you for posts like this if you are also willing to jump into every thread about players they miss and shouldn't have. Deal? Of course you wouldn't do that though.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Why is this hard for people?

Great job by the staff to land Spindler. They busted their butts to land him. Adding him with Fisher is excellent.

But at the same time the reality is also that they didn't put the same effort into other players they could and should have landed. If they recruited Wyatt Milum just as hard as Spindler we'd be talking about ND having an elite class.

It's okay to credit the staff when they do a great job, like they did with Spindler, no question, and also be critical when they don't.

The reality is they are recruiting like a Top 15 program, and that's good, that's better than what we saw with past failed coaches. But ND should be recruiting like a Top 5-10 program, and that's my issue, it's good, not good enough and it's okay to say that too. Loving the program doesn't mean you just say everything is awesome all the time. Loving the program is also about holding them to a high standard and pointing out when they don't live up to that standard.

If you chastise your child, or punish your child when he doesn't do right, does that mean you love him any less? Of course not!

T_RICCIO
T_RICCIO

Great post - Agree 100%

allenm5333
allenm5333

I am of the opinion that landing Spindler is awesome and the effort was awesome to see. However, seeing this effort is frustrating because it shows that the staff is capable of recruiting at a higher level. I truthfully think it just comes down to effort. I coach HS ball and the reality is that it just comes down to effort and showing kids that they are wanted. While some recruiting strategies can be questioned (ex. Shipley), the staff needs greater buy-in top to bottom and they need the assistants to recruit like dogs. Look at what the staff has done with some "3 stars". I think development overall (OL could use some attention) has been pretty good. Now take that, and sprinkle in 2-3 more "elite" guys a class...and holy smokes ND is cookin.

Starts at the top. Get BK demanding more out of his staff and him putting more effort in are essential. We will see this in 2022 because that class is going to be unique. BK MUST take ownership and be a DOG recruiting. If not, that class will be in the 20-25 range because so many prospects will have limited visiting ability as a result of covid...

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Tremendous response. You nailed it at the very beginning. Great job by the staff and BK on this. This should be the norm, and if it was ND could have a Top 5 class. But sadly he picks and chooses these battles, has sycophants praise it and act like it’s the norm, and then coasts on most others. Then ND falls short again.

If BK would put in this kind of effort into just 10-15 kids a year, which is small to what people like Meyer do, ND would be inside the Top 10 every single year.

cydogg
cydogg

Wow Bryan, you wrote that fast, like Lenzy on a go route. :)
Welcome Rocco !!!

Irishwinger5
Irishwinger5

I have to be honest. Even though I heard everywhere he was picking ND, when he reached for the Michigan hat my heart skipped a beat

irish4life2
irish4life2

Nice win on the trail!

KMoore-24
KMoore-24

Yes Sir! We needed this. Salute to Coach Quinn. I have given him the business a lot over the past few months but he did a outstanding job here with Rocco. His relationship with Spindler have had allowed us to secure this badly needed victory over Michigan. What makes this victory so sweet is Michigan felt so confident that they would land Spindler.

T_RICCIO
T_RICCIO

Great get by Quinn/ND-Staff

chamgel
chamgel

Absolutely huge addition for this class. Gotta give credit to Quinn and Kelly for closing this one. There aren’t many true must gets in recruiting, but this was one and they put in the work to come through.

KMoore-24
KMoore-24

Reading Spindler 's comments after he committed to the Irish you can pretty much tell what the Michigan coaching staff was saying about Coach Quinn and Brian Kelly. These are Some of his quotes.

"Some people say that coach Quinn hasnt developed guys, but if you look, he has developed two and three-star guys at small schools and he really hasn't got his own guys until now. Me going in there I believe I'm going to have a great chance to start. "

"Coach Kelly, I believe, will have a five-year extension. No word is out yet, but I believe that is going to happen. I don't believe the coaches are going to go anywhere, so that was reassuring to me."

NDEDDY47
NDEDDY47

Basically taking Rocco Spindler out of Michigan's backyard. TREMENDOUS job by Coach Quinn and Coach Kelly! They are smiling in Columbus, Oh. And of course all over AMERICA and parts unknown. Joyful weekend.