Harry Hiestand proved to be a man of his word with Quinn Carroll.
Notre Dame’s offensive line coach told the four-star offensive tackle that he’d visit Edina High School on May 22 to check out one of the nation’s top ’19 prospects. Sure enough, Hiestand showed. He even made a scholarship offer, putting Notre Dame officially into the mix with this 6-foot-6, 290-pound athlete.
“The reason he came was to offer me a scholarship and I was very grateful,” Carroll said.
Notre Dame seemed likely to offer back on April 2 when Carroll visited Notre Dame with his brother Collin. Considering Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State have, Notre Dame moving on this national prospect felt automatic.
Turns out it wasn’t, at least not right away.
“When I visited there, that was the first time we met and we didn’t get a ton of time together,” Carroll said. “I was never mad at them at all. They’re a phenomenal program and they should be able to take their time. I gave them all the time they wanted.
“I wasn’t expecting an offer before, I thought it might happen because I love Notre Dame, my family are a huge Irish-Christian family that loves Notre Dame, so getting that offer was really exciting. So, I was never mad that I hadn’t gotten the offer.”
Notre Dame is well known among the Carroll family.
“Notre Dame has always been a phenomenal program,” Carroll said. “When I visited there, I was blown away by their campus and their stadium, everything, their facilities. I’m a huge Irish Catholic. My family has always been that way. There’s only one school in the world that’s like Notre Dame. It’s unique and it was a very special offer for me.”
Prior to releasing his sophomore Hudl highlights, Carroll didn’t know what to expect for his recruitment.
“I was never expecting this,” Carroll said. “When my film came out, I was hoping to get a Minnesota offer, maybe some of the regional schools, Wisconsin, Iowa, those kinds of schools. Those started to roll in the first couple of weeks that my film being released and me taking a few visits here and there.”
Twenty-eight offers later, the Carroll family has been left speechless.
“Once it started to pick up, it was crazy,” Carroll said. “I had no idea what to expect or how to handle it. But now I have a good grip on it and I haven’t narrowed my search yet, but hopefully, that will be coming soon. It’s a fun ride. It’s a lot of fun with my brother Collin, my dad, those guys eat it up. It’s a lot of fun.”
With an Irish offer on the table, Carroll plans to revisit Notre Dame with his brother.
“I’ll definitely be visiting Notre Dame again in the near future, more than likely for a game day,” Carroll said. “I’m almost certain that they will end up in my top, however many that I do release. I had a blast on my visit with my brother and I love getting to know the coaches and I keep getting to build a relationship with the coaches.”
Carroll already knows what Hiestand can do for him.
Zack Martin and Ronnie Stanley were already first-round picks.
Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson might be next.
It all makes Hiestand an appealing part of the Notre Dame package.
“I think he’s a great guy,” Carroll said. “He’s very kind but I saw him in the film room and on the field and he’ll get in your face if he needs to. That’s what I’m looking for. I’m looking for a coach who’s going to coach me up but also love me up, after the fact.
“He’s a great guy, phenomenal coach and he’s got a great track record, that’s for sure.”
With offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, Carroll hopes to make a decision sooner-than-later.
Carroll told Irish Illustrated that he will likely commit after his junior season in order to take official visits. He plans to do early enrollment.
With Hiestand leading Notre Dame’s charge, the Irish should be a player here moving forward.