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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Irish Close To Getting Elite Offensive Line Haul

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Jeff Quinn is off to a good start on the recruiting trail for Notre Dame.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are on the verge of getting an elite offensive line class for the 2019 recruiting class. After a good, but still somewhat down 2018, the Irish are turning up the heat once again.

Notre Dame has already received commitments from 4 Star John Olmstead, 3 Star Andrew Kristofic, and most recently 4 Star Quinn Carroll. Kristofic is considered to be severley underrated and some in the industry believe that he can climb those rankings all the way to a 5 Star status. Quinn Carroll is already a high 4 Star prospect and he too could still climb with his senior year still ahead of him.

Not too bad for new offensive line coach Jeff Quinn. The hiring of Quinn after the departure of Harry Hiestand fell under extreme criticism from a large portion of the Notre Dame fanbase and the media. There were a large handful of reasons why people were so skeptical of the Quinn hire, but some of the loudest had to do with recruiting and his lack of skill in that area. So, in this regard, we may have been a bit too zealous with our doubts (for now).

As far as this 2019 class is concerned, the Irish are only a couple players away from calling this an ELITE line haul. One of those coveted recruits is 4 Star Offensive Guard Zeke Correll from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Correll has recently narrowed his long list of offers down to a final four of:

Can the Irish land another top offensive linemen? Notre Dame has a fairly good track record in Cincinnati - but that’s usually at the Catholic schools in the area. Once again they face off against Urban Meyer for an Ohio prospect, the wiley Dabo Sweeney, and a steady David Shaw. All three coaches and program are proven recruiters for elite offensive linemen - as is Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.

Correll wants to get the recruiting process done quickly. He visited Clemson on Aril 14th, and set up an unofficial visit to Stanford on June 5th and 6th. He also has official visits lined up with Notre Dame (June 15-17) and Ohio State (June 22-24).

Zeke has not mentioned a commitment date, but at the rate he’s going about all of this, I would guess that a July commitment is likely, but it could extend into August. All we can do is wait, and see how this new dynamic with Jeff Quinn on the recruiting trail shapes up. So far it’s been preety good, but it is projecting towards exellence very rapidly.

2019 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position/Year Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Position/Year Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Quarterback Brendon Clark Phil Jurkovec* Ian Book*
Running Back Kyren Williams Jahmir Smith*, C'Bo Flemister* Jafar Armstrong* Tony Jones Jr.*
Tight End ⭐️ George Takacs*, Tommy Tremble* Cole Kmet, Brock Wright
Wide Receiver Cam Hart, Kendall Abdur-Rahman Micah Jones*, Kevin Austin, Braden Lenzy*, Lawrence Keys III*, Joe Wilkins Jr.* Michael Young, Isaiah Robertson Chase Claypool, Javon McKinley* Chris Finke
Center Zeke Correll Jarrett Patterson* Trevor Ruhland
Guard John Olmstead John Dirksen* Dillan Gibbons*, Aaron Banks* Tommy Kraemer*
Tackle Andrew Kristofic, Quinn Carroll Cole Mabry* Robert Hainsey, Josh Lugg* Liam Eichenberg*
Defensive Tackle Jacob Lacey, Hunter Spears Jayson Ademilola, Ja'mion Franklin* Kurt Hinish, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa*
Defensive End Howard Cross, NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Isaiah Foskey Justin Ademilola*, Ovie Oghoufo* Kofi Wardlow* Ade Ogundeji*, Daelin Hayes, Khalid Kareem, Julian Okwara, Jamir Jones
Linebacker Jack Kiser, Osi Ekwonu, Marist Luifau, JD Bertrand Matt Bauer, Jack Lamb*, Shayne Simon, Paul Moala Drew White*, Jordan Genmark Heath, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah* Jonathan Jones* Asmar Bilal
Safety Litchfield Ajavon, Kyle Hamilton D.J. Brown* Jalen Elliott, Alohi Gilman*
Cornerback K.J. Wallace, Isaiah Rutherford Tariq Bracy, Houston Griffith Avery Davis* Troy Pride Jr., Donte Vaughn Shaun Crawford**
Specialists Jay Bramblett John Doerer John Shannon*
22/85 (22) 46/85 (24) 63/85 (17) 80/85 (17) 84/85 (4)
*Eligible For 5th Year **Eligible For 6th Year Rovers count as LB’s