Watch List: Offensive Line

Notre Dame’s offensive line recruiting has paced the program and can again with another strong haul. After locking up four-star tackle Tommy Kraemer early, the Irish want more talent in the trenches.

Notre Dame has recruited the offensive line from a position of luxury the past few campaigns. Now the Irish must approach it from a position of need after signing just two last cycle in Trevor Ruhland and Tristen Hoge.

With Jerry Tillery off to the defensive line, that means the Irish didn’t sign a pure tackle in either of the past two cycles, although Alex Bars could develop there long term. That’s why having Tommy Kraemer on board early is so important for this class as Notre Dame looks to sign at least two more linemen and potentially more despite tight numbers.

Irish Illustrated runs down the names to know on the offensive line this cycle with the spring evaluation period around the corner.

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Willie Allen
6-7, 300
River Ridge, La.
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Lyght Top Offers: Alabama, LSU, FSU, Florida
Outlook: Arguably the nation’s top offensive tackle, Allen plays at John Curtis Christian, which produced incoming defensive end Bo Wallace.
Parker Boudreaux
6-4, 287
Orlando, Fla.
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Denson Top Offers: Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Auburn
Outlook: Boudreaux seems serious about visiting this off-season, although he’s pushed back his trip date. Clemson may be the biggest threat.
Ben Bredeson
6-5, 280
Hartland, Wisc.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Top Offers: Wisconsin, Ohio St., Alabama, Stanford
Outlook: Notre Dame ranks among the leaders for Bredeson, with the Irish staff working to get him back to campus during spring practice.
Liam Eichenberg
6-5, 275
Cleveland, Ohio
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Hiestand Top Offers: Ohio St., Alabama, Michigan State
Outlook: It’s Notre Dame or Ohio State for the St. Ignatius star, who will visit both in April for a final time before making a commitment.
Sean Foster
6-8, 270
Mundelein, Ill.
Offer: No Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Top Offers: Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana
Outlook: Notre Dame got on Foster early but hasn’t offered. If the Irish miss on other tackles, they could double back on the Midwest athlete.
Michael Jordan
6-6, 265
Plymouth, Mich.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Gilmore Top Offers: Michigan, MSU, Ohio St., Nebraska
Outlook: Notre Dame forced its way into Jordan’s top four with a strong Junior Day visit alongside Michigan, MSU and Ohio State.
Tommy Kraemer
6-5, 310
Cincinnati, Ohio
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Hiestand Top Offers: Committed on Oct. 4
Outlook: The Irish need a few top tackles in this class and Kraemer represents a great start to the haul. He returned for Junior Day in March.
E.J. Price
6-6, 262
Lawrenceville, Ga.
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: FSU, Ohio St., LSU, Georgia
Outlook: There was a shot for Price to hit Junior Day but the athletic offensive tackle didn’t make it. Auburn and Michigan lead heading into spring.
Nathan Smith
6-7, 265
Murrieta, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Sanford Top Offers: UCLA, Miami, Nebraska, Arizona
Outlook: Notre Dame’s offer got Smith’s attention and he’s talked up a summer visit. If the Irish had offered earlier a spring break trip could have happened.
Chandler Tuitt
6-4, 270
Tyrone, Ga.
Offer: No Visit: No Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: Ole Miss, UNC, Ohio St., Tennessee
Outlook: The cousin of Stephon Tuitt hasn’t been looking hard at Notre Dame with more of an SEC/ACC focus. Still, he’s a name worth remembering.
Clark Yarbrough
6-6, 270
Woodberry Forest, Va.
Offer: No Visit: No Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: Virginia, Oklahoma, Clemson, LSU, Florida
Outlook: No move yet on Yarbrough, who attends the same Woodberry Forest School that produced C.J. Prosise, Doug Randolph and Greer Martini.

 


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