Scout 300 offensive tackle Robert Hainsey originally scheduled a visit to Notre Dame for the Blue-Gold Game next month, but instead the four-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy product will see campus on Tuesday as part of his spring break tour of colleges.
Hainsey, who has offers from Auburn, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee, among others, hopes Notre Dame joins the mix.
“I don’t have a list yet,” Hainsey said. “But I will definitely consider Notre Dame if they offer. I don’t know too much about them yet, but that’s why I’m going up there because I want to learn more.”
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman is a Pittsburgh native that transferred from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway to IMG Academy last summer.
Prior to his transfer, Hainsey considered Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State as standout schools. Since then, a handful of SEC programs have offered and are pursuing him heavily.
“Tennessee, Florida, Michigan State, Auburn, Penn State, Michigan,” said Hainsey, when asked which programs are recruiting him the hardest.
Hainsey isn’t working with a decision timeline, but he does know what he’s looking for in a school.
“Just where I’m comfortable and somewhere I can play early,” Hainsey said.
Location is also expected to play a factor.
“Yeah, (location) matters a little bit,” Hainsey said. “I will probably end up back up North but I’m not sure yet.”
Hainsey faces another Notre Dame target every day in practice in seventh-ranked defensive end Joshua Kaindoh.
“He’s outstanding,” Hainsey said. “He’s the best defensive end in the country. He’s the best I’ve played with and I played against Rashan Gary last year. He’s just a freak.”
Notre Dame received commitments from two Pittsburgh prospects this week in linebacker David Adams and defensive tackle Kurt Hinish.
“Yeah, I know Notre Dame is adding these Pittsburgh guys, but that doesn’t affect me,” Hainsey said.
Hainsey travels to Notre Dame from Happy Valley, where he visited Penn State on Saturday. Following a stop at Notre Dame, Hainsey will visit Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. To put Notre Dame’s position in perspective relative to visits, Hainsey has already visited Penn State and Michigan State five times each.
In addition to Hainsey and Kaindoh, Notre Dame also has offers out to IMG linebackers Will Ignont and Dylan Moses, cornerback Marcus Williamson and safety Isaiah Pryor.