Eichenberg to decide in April
Notre Dame and Ohio State are currently locked in a stalemate to land offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg of Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius. But that will change next month when the four-star tackle plans to announce his commitment to either the Buckeyes or the Irish.
“It’s even right now,” Eichenberg said. “After I visit Notre Dame (April 10) and Ohio State (April 17), I will make my decision right after that.”
When the 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect visits Notre Dame next month, it will be his fourth visit to campus. Examining the depth chart with Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand will be one of Eichenberg’s main priorities.
“I want to go over the depth chart with Coach Hiestand,” Eichenberg said. “I want to redshirt, but early playing time will be important, and I’d like to be on the two-deep as a sophomore.”
Likewise, when Eichenberg travels to Columbus, he plans to inquire about the future personnel of the offensive line with Buckeyes offensive line coach Ed Warinner.
“I don’t really know too much about the offensive linemen that Ohio State signed in the class above me, so I want to go over that with Coach Warinner,” Eichenberg said. “I’d also like to take a look at their business school. I’m not sure what I want to major in yet, but Ohio State says theirs is one of the best in the country.”
Aside from a favorable depth chart, Eichenberg will focus on two additional aspects of each school to reach a decision.
“Academics and distance,” Eichenberg said.
Eichenberg broke down the type of contact he has with each staff.
“I used to talk with Coach Hiestand more than I do now; we used to talk every week,” Eichenberg said. “I don’t talk with Coach (Brian) Kelly.”
“I spoke with Coach (Urban) Meyer yesterday, and I talk with Coach Warinner every week.”
Had it not been for Ohio State’s championship season, Eichenberg believes his mind would have already been made up.
"If Ohio State hadn't of won the national championship, I would have been committed to Notre Dame already,” Eichenberg said. “That helped them a lot and gives me a lot to think about.”
Eichenberg is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the class of 2016.