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, once again, 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 2021 season.
#44 Will Schweitzer
Next up for the Fighting Irish is incoming Freshman defensive End out of Los Gatos, California, Will Schweitzer. Schweitzer fits the profile of some of the “projects” that Coach Mike Elston loves to bring into his room. He is long, athletic, and has a frame that will absolutely fill out under the guidance of Matt Balis. Schweitzer arrives at Notre Dame 6’4 but only weighing in around 215/220. We assume he will end up at Vyper, but very much could end up as a LB as well. The one time Nebraska commit jumped at the opportunity to commit to the Irish as soon as the offer arrived. We didn’t get to see too much of him in limited Spring, which also capped off with a knee injury. Brian Kelly mentioned he will be good to go in the fall. Schweitzer is a guy to definitely get excited about and one that will look VERY different a year from now.
The Restaurant That Fits
Sweitzer seems like the definition of a Cali-Bro....and I mean that in the best way. In-N-Out is legendary on the West Coast and has a simple, cheap menu. They also have tons of food on their secret menu, which really isn’t that secret. Like that menu, there is a lot to still be discovered about Will, but the foundation is definitely there.
Schweitzer is a guy who the coaches will want at least a year to develop physically. He is a violent hitter and very tough, but just doesn’t have the strength to play at this level just yet. He also won’t be needed to step up this year, which is thanks to incredible recruiting and development across the D-Line. His best shot at getting some action would be to impress Brian Polian and force his way into 4 games of special teams. I strongly doubt the coaches would want him to play any more than that, as he could project to be a 5 year guy.