Updated look: 2012 Irish OL

An at-the-moment review of Notre Dame's projected 2012 offensive line competitors after today's verbal pledge from 4-star prospect, Ronnie Stanley.

2012 Offensive Line Depth Chart

A quick overview of Notre Dame's 2012 depth chart after the verbal commitment from 4-star offensive tackle, Ronnie Stanley. The number in parenthesis denotes each player's remaining eligibility entering the '12 season.

Offensive Tackles: Zack Martin (2), Jordan Prestwood (4), Christian Lombard (3), Tate Nichols (3). Ronnie Stanley (4/5). Tackle is also the likely home of verbal commitments Taylor Decker (4/5) and Mark Harrell (4/5).

Tackles Overview: Head coach Brian Kelly offered in his first meeting with Irisheyes.com that while his preference is to play game-ready freshmen, offensive linemen are not generally included in that approach. As with the 2011 class, expect Stanley, Decker, and Harrell to enjoy a season of development under OL coach Ed Warinner and Strength & Conditioning coach, Paul Longo.

Furthermore, standout left tackle Zack Martin will be a senior in 2012 and his skill set suggests he could entertain pro prospects following next season as a Notre Dame graduate with a 5th-year option.

Offensive Guards: Chris Watt (2), Connor Hanratty (4), Brad Carrico (4)

Centers: Braxston Cave (1), *Mike Golic (1), Bruce Heggie (3)

Yet to be determined: According to head coach Brian Kelly, with the exception of Jordan Prestwood, the untested current freshmen are slated for "inside" duty – Hanratty and Carrico (above) seem to be locks for G/C action. Nick Martin and Matt Hegarty (below) are intriguing prospects along the offensive front.

Nick Martin (4) – Martin worked at left tackle this season but, intentional or not, Brian Kelly lumped him with the crowd of "inside guys" in a late-November media session.
Matt Hegarty (4) – Has worked at center and could also play guard or tackle. I'd have surmised tackle before Kelly's end-season comments regarding the group in which Hegarty was included. Now I'd consider center his likely 2012 home.

*Golic, who could play both center or guard, is expected to return for a 5th-season of eligibility though that is not yet official. Kelly noted the team would "see Cave in the spring" a pretty good indication he'll return.

Martin (LT) and Hanratty (RG) were the technical two-deep competitors among the five-man freshmen OL class this season, though neither would have played other than in a dire emergency. Left tackle prospect and Florida State transfer Jordan Prestwood was ineligible to play even in emergency duty, and therefore did not appear on the two-deep depth chart.

2012 verbal commitment and 4-star prospect Jarron Jones is slated for the defensive line but could also play on the offensive side of scrimmage in his collegiate career.


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