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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Strickland Makes Second Notre Dame Stop This Fall

November 17, 2019

2022 Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.) defensive end Joe Strickland‍ returned to Notre Dame on Saturday after visiting for the USC game in October. 

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder is familiar with the program, but the weekend visit served as a chance to learn even more about the program. 

"The highlight of my visit was the overall atmosphere and getting to hear current players and former players speak to me before the game about the process as a recruit and the life of a Notre Dame football player," said Strickland.

Navy's triple-option attack presents a unique set of challenges for a defense and Strickland was well-aware it wasn't going to be a normal defensive strategy. 

Strickland was able to see a dominant performance from the Irish defense and Mike Elston's defensive line. 

"I thought Notre Dame’s defensive line handled things really well with the unique offense that they faced," explained Strickland. "They held them to 3 points the first half and learned quickly on how to stop their option game. 

"The defensive line got in the backfield plenty of times to cause problems with the quarterback which I recognized quickly. "

Elston was able to work Strickland out over the summer and Saturday's visit provided a chance to grow their relationship. 

NCAA recruiting rules prevent Elston from calling Strickland, so the opportunity to speak in person twice this season could be significant in the future. 

"Coach Elston was impressed on how I was versatile when it came to playing different positions when needed," stated Strickland. "He’s had good communication with my head coach and plans to be back in touch in a few weeks." 

Notre Dame isn't the only program to host the Indianapolis native this fall as Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue have also received visits. 

While it's still very early in his recruitment, Stickland has been very impressed with what he's seen in South Bend.

“There is no question that Notre Dame has a great atmosphere and is top in both academics and football," Strickland said. "It was great to get the second invite back to come and get a better feel on campus." 

Strickland will make be out on the road to finish the last two weeks of the college football season.

"I'll be in Iowa City this weekend and Purdue the following weekend." 

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