Big Board: Offensive line

With one offensive line prospect already on board and multiple blue-chip prospects holding Notre Dame in high contention, the Irish are gearing up for another impressive offensive line haul in 2016.

The standard for offensive line recruiting at Notre Dame ranks among the highest in the country.

Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand is already off to a great start in 2016 having secured a commitment from four-star tackle Tommy Kraemer of Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder. The No. 1 ranked tackle in the Midwest and No. 3 tackle ranked overall, Elder chose Notre Dame over Ohio State in October.  

When Kraemer arrives at Notre Dame in 2016, there will be an abundance of youth on the roster at offensive line for Notre Dame, especially if Ronnie Stanley elects to turn pro following the 2015 season. Steve Elmer will be entering his final year of eligibility. Hunter Bivin, Mike McGlinchey, Colin McGovern and John Montelus will have two years remaining. Alex Bars, Jimmy Byrne, Sam Mustipher and Quenton Nelson will have three while Tristen Hoge and Trevor Ruhland will likely have all four.

Turning the page to 2016, as it stands now, Notre Dame will look will ink 17-19 players. It’s likely Notre Dame will target three of those spots (including Kraemer) to be filled by offensive linemen.

Targets:

Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin lead for Bradeson, who has picked up offers from Auburn and Alabama in the past month. Wisconsin is likely the team to beat.

Notre Dame will receive a visit from Boudreaux for the first time in June. Clemson and Notre Dame are the front-runners here, and it should come down to either the Irish or the Tigers in the end. Boudreaux will visit Clemson this upcoming weekend with his family.

Aiming to make a commitment this summer, Eichenberg will choose between Notre Dame and Ohio State. Currently evenly torn between both schools, expect Eichenberg to visit both schools again this spring.

Teams in position to land Jordan include Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Jordan will be on hand for Notre Dame’s junior day, and the Irish need to make a strong impression in person in order to hold off Michigan going forward.  

Other offensive line prospects with offers: Willie Allen of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian, E.J. Price of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett


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