The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2020 season.
#52 Zeke Correll, Center
Zeke Correll committed to Notre Dame on June 18th, 2018 and was a member of the 2019 recruiting class. He selected the Irish over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Iowa, Ohio State, and Michigan, among others. Per 247Sports Composite Rankings, Correll was rated as a 4 star prospect. He was ranked as the 3rd best center, the 3rd best player in Ohio, and the 95th best overall player in the class of 2019. His hometown is Cincinnati, Ohio, and he attended Anderson High School. He currently stands 6’ 3’’ and weighs 290 lbs.
Though Correll played offensive guard in high school, he almost exclusively played center on the scout-team during the fall of 2019. A variety of sources reported that Correll flourished at the position and held his own against the starting defense.
During his freshman campaign Correll saw action against New Mexico, Bowling Green, Navy, and Boston College. By only appearing in 4 games during the year, he retained his redshirt season.
Panda Bears love to eat Bamboo and eat Bamboo all day long. Though I don’t think Correll incorporated the plant into his diet, the nutrition staff at Notre Dame has definitely helped him add healthy weight and muscle to his body. His dietary adjustments have paid dividends as he has remade his body to be able to withstand the rigors of being a collegiate interior lineman.
Though his future remains bright due to his impressive power and quickness for an interior lineman, plan on Zeke Correll to be a backup offensive lineman in 2020. What remains to be determined for him is what position he will play and where on the depth chart he will be. Coming into his freshman season the jury was out if Correll would stay at guard or move to center. His excellent work as the scout-team center, along with adding 20 lbs since the fall suggests that Correll will remain at center during his Irish career. Based on the lone spring practice of the season, Correll lined up as the 2nd-team center behind Jarrett Patterson. Although Patterson is firmly entrenched as the starter, Correll should be able to capably step in if an injury should occur.