Notre Dame impresses four-star tight end
The four-star tight end of Dexton (Pa.) Downingtown East first heard from Hiestand last week via email, and days later Angeline and his father were on a plane en route to South Bend.
“Before last week, I hadn’t talked to the Dame coaches personally before,” Hiestand said. “Then I got an email from Coach Hiestand saying that he wanted to get me on campus for a visit at some point. So, we booked a flight for Thursday night since I didn’t have school on Friday. “
Angeline, who boasts a 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame, spent one-on-one time with Irish tight ends coach Scott Booker learning how Notre Dame uses its tight ends.
“Coach Booker showed me film of how they use their tight ends,” Angeline said. “I really like how they use them in multiple sets and how they have more than one on the field a lot of times. He showed me film of Tyler Eifert and how they used him like a wide receiver at times. That really fits how I play the game.”
Angeline played wide receiver for Downingtown East as a sophomore, and he believes his pass-catching skills and size are what set him apart from his competition.
“I think I’m pretty versatile,” Angeline said. “My ability to catch the ball is what makes me most attractive to coaches. Obviously, my height is a big thing, and I still have a lot of room to fill out my frame. My blocking has improved a lot since my sophomore year, and that’s shown up on film.”
On Saturday, Angeline and his father met with Brian Kelly in his office before they flew back to Pennsylvania.
“He (Kelly) told me that he was giving me the ‘golden ticket,’ which is the official offer and that he was excited about recruiting me,” Angeline said.
Angeline says he has no favorites at the moment, but following the weekend visit, Notre Dame is in a good spot to be of the last schools standing in his recruitment.
“The visit was really impressive,” Angeline said. “The facilities were state-of-the-art and I was able to meet most of the coaches. I’m really trying to see as many schools as I can right now before I start to narrow anything down, but Notre Dame will definitely be in it.”
Angeline visited Miami and Penn State last fall, and trips to Duke and Virginia Tech are lined up for February. His offer list is nearing 30 schools and includes the likes of Alabama, Boston College, California, Duke, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Angeline is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 48 wide receiver in the class of 2016 by Scout.com.