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.
#73 Andrew Kristofic, Offensive Lineman
Andrew Kristofic was a 4-star, top-200 prospect when a bunch of top programs began knocking down his door looking for a commitment.
The 6’5”, 280-lb OT was the #1 recruit in Pennsylvania in the 2019 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings — #17 at the offensive tackle position and #183 nationally. The stud behemoth from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania starred at Pine-Richland High School, the alma mater of a guy you might recognize...Phil Jurkovec.
Kristofic was named an Army All-American and held offers from an impressive group of suitors besides Notre Dame, with top programs like Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, and Wisconsin vying for his services, not to mention the likes of Michigan State, Mississippi State, Maryland, Nebraska, Colorado, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and others extending scholarships for the talented lineman.
Kristofic first visited Notre Dame’s campus in March 2018, then proceeded to unofficially visit Clemson and Ohio State before committing to the Irish. He then signed in December and enrolled early, arriving on campus in January 2019.
Last season as a true freshman, Kristofic preserved a year of eligibility by only playing in 4 games, earning PT in blowout wins against New Mexico, Bowling Green, Duke, and Navy.
Kristofic seems like an athletic, svelte kind of offensive lineman, so I feel the gorilla is a very fitting choice here. Powerful, smart, strong, athletic — Kristofic is the real deal and once he matures enough to hit silverback status, he’ll be a true force to be reckoned with.
With 4 years of eligibility still available, the future is definitely bright for the highly-sought-after tackle. In 2020, Kristofic will back up Liam Eichenberg at left tackle, serving as a promising, talented, and largely unproven bit of depth behind Eichenberg’s soon to be NFL talent.
With Eichenberg and Hainsey holding down the tackle spots for now, look for Kristofic to only really see time in blowouts with the second team offense and potentially on special teams, earning some experience to prepare him for a competition in 2021 for the tackle spot opposite Hainsey.
Classmate Quinn Carroll and incoming frosh Tosh Baker will likely be the other candidates he will need to beat out at that point, as Carroll is currently the expected #2 RT behind Hainsey and Baker is considered one of the best tackles in the class of 2020. Kristofic appears to be talented enough that perhaps he gets moved inside as well, to make room for all these great young linemen on one unit, if needed.