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.
#44 Alex Peitsch, Long Snapper
Alex Peitsch was a 3-star recruit in the 2020 class on 247sports, ranked 2,720th in the class overall.
Don’t let that fool you, though. Peitsch is, as you know from the title above, a long snapper, meaning like a kicker or punter, he’s automatically a 3-star or lower just due to his position.
Peitsch, though, is no average long snapper. Ranked #1 at the position by 247sports and, more importantly, by Kohl’s (who rates him as a 5-star long snapper and the best in the country), the 6’2”, 220-lb Peitsch had interest from both Notre Dame and Michigan State before he committed to the Irish in April of 2019.
Since then, he was named BOTH an Under Armour All-American AND a US Army All-American, helped his high school team — St. John’s College in Washington, D.C. — to a WCAC State Championship appearance, and even managed to achieve a 4.2 GPA and a 1380 on his SAT as well. The guy just knows how to succeed, folks.
Here’s what they said about him at Kohl’s Kicking Camp:
“Peitsch is truly one of the most impressive snappers I have ever had the privilege to coach. Peitsch finished the Kohl’s National Scholarship Camp on a high note by earning a spot in the Under Armour All America Game. Peitsch has been nothing short of dominant at every Kohl’s event he has attended. He is someone who pushes himself to be the best he can be in every aspect of sports and in life. Peitsch is truly a generational talent and will be able to make an immediate impact for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.”
He’s a GENERATIONAL TALENT AT LONG SNAPPER!!! It doesn’t get any better than that.
Watching a compilation of long snapping highlights is just hilarious and awesome to me, and makes me think of videos like “Mark Titus - Mr. Rainmaker.” Here’s to hoping Peitsch can somehow become a cult hero like Titus became at OSU.
This one is pretty straightforward — with long-time starting LS John Shannon having graduated this year and moving on to pursue a career in law enforcement, Alex Peitsch will be the starting long snapper for the Irish in 2020 and beyond. Prepare to watch a generational talent toss perfect snaps back for field goals and punts the next four years, folks!