Three-star junior offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett already holds more than a dozen offers and is on the verge of landing one from Notre Dame.
Pritchett, a 6-foot-4, 285-pounder from Auburn, Ala., has been talking with Notre Dame assistant coach Tony Alford, who made it clear just how interested the Irish were in adding him to their next recruiting class.
“He said he was going to tell coach (Harry) Hiestand they need to offer,” Pritchett said. “He told me that they had not gotten to 2016 linemen yet but he told me to keep in touch so that I can get it in a couple of weeks.”
Alford shared the history of Notre Dame football and its current philosophy on recruiting and developing football players.
“He’s a great dude,” Pritchett said. “You can tell he’s a great man first of all and he’s a great coach. I know Notre Dame’s style is they want to be the best and make their players into the best young men and football players they can. I can just tell it’s a great atmosphere up there just from talking to coach Alford.”
Pritchett already knew a lot about Notre Dame’s history. That came from listening to his father talk about the program’s rise to the top of the college football world.
“My dad, I wouldn’t say he’s really a fan, but he came along when Notre Dame was on TV and late night primetime playing against the Nebraskas and Miamis and he’d always tell me stories about them,” Pritchett said. “He said if we ever got an opportunity we’d have to go up for a visit. I’m very interested in Notre Dame myself because of the players they had like Golden Tate and players like that. I’m really looking forward to them hopefully offering me and then we can get up there.”
An offer from the Irish would give Pritchett a lot to think about as he sorts through his options.
“I feel like personally that’s a really big offer, a big accomplishment,” he said. “In college football the name Notre Dame means something. I think that would be a really good opportunity for me to get a quality education and to go and play ball and be the best man and football player I can be and hopefully make it to the next level.”
Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State and North Carolina are among the schools that already have extended offers.
Pritchett realizes just how fortunate he is to have so many early options.
“I’m blessed,“ he said. “I’m very blessed. I know a lot of people aren’t in this situation but I thank God I am.”
The Pritchetts are in the process of scheduling a few college visits.
Trips to Mississippi State, South Carolina, Louisville and North Carolina are in the works and other schools that extend offers could be added to the list.
Pritchett likes Indiana and North Carolina but he said every school that has offered is near the top of his list.
A left tackle at Auburn High School, Pritchett is being recruited at multiple positions.
“Some schools are saying guard. Indiana, they didn’t really specify. I think it’s whatever. I told them I wanted to play tackle but I can play anywhere I’m needed. I think they want tackle. Mississippi State told me I was potentially going to be a tackle. North Carolina said I was going to be an inside guy, probably a center, and Louisville said I was going to be an inside guy too,” he said. “I played offensive tackle my entire life since I started playing football. I really wanted to get the opportunity to show my skills there but whatever is going to help my team win a national championship is what I’m going to do.”