Irish to host elite tackle target this week

Later this week the Irish will host one of the nation’s top junior offensive linemen. Considering Notre Dame’s track record at the position, that makes the visit of John Olmstead one to know.

The Irish will host several big names from the class of 2019 this week.

Offensive tackle John Olmstead from Metuchen, N.J., might be the biggest.

Olmstead has impressed top programs across the nation with his athleticism at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds.

His offer list includes Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

This week Olmstead and his parents will depart on their first of many campus tours.

"This week is the first week of visits," Olmstead said. "We're visiting three schools this week and one of them is Notre Dame. Monday, we're flying out to Chicago to visit Northwestern. Wednesday, we're visiting Wisconsin and by Friday, we're going to be in South Bend for Notre Dame."

Despite not having an offer from the Irish, Olmstead couldn't pass up an opportunity to check out Notre Dame while in the Midwest.

"I'm only really going to be seeing schools that have offered me this summer, but the only reason I'm visiting Wisconsin and Notre Dame, who haven't offered me yet, is because I'm being recruited on the offensive line," Olmstead said. "How many NFL prospects they have had in the offensive line in the last few years, that's the main reason why I'm going to see them now."

The four-star prospect is well-versed in the history and tradition of Notre Dame.

"I can't wait," Olmstead said. "It's probably the one I'm looking forward to the most this week. The sites and the tradition there with the football program, it's going to be amazing to get the whole feel, Touchdown Jesus, the locker room, just to be in that place with all the tradition and all the years of football."

"I'm really excited and I can't wait to get there."

Considering Olmstead's elite combination of size and traits related to playing offensive tackle, his offer list should grow substantially over the summer and through his junior season.

Olmstead plans to visit as many of the schools on his offer list as possible this summer.

"I'm not sure which (schools) yet but I'm going to take a lot of visits in July," Olmstead said.

On Friday, Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand will meet Olmstead and his parents for the first time. An offer could certainly follow.

Olmstead isn't sure what his decision timeframe will look like.

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