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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Notre Dame Football Recruiting | Three Names to Watch

April 22, 2020

Notre Dame has done a good job during the Quarantine Period of the recruiting calendar as the Fighting Irish have landed two commits. 

Now, it's not the haul Ohio State has pulled in, but the Buckeyes are in a class of their own when it comes to that. 

Who else is Notre Dame likely to land? Here are three names to watch closely. 

OL Rocco Spindler‍  

The Clarkston (Mich.) star isn't in a hurry to make a decision and plans to use his official visits before committing. 

There is no secret he's close with Notre Dame's 2021 commits and Spindler has been open about it those relationships meaning a lot to him. Jeff Quinn has done a nice job here along with offensive line commit Blake Fisher. 

When push comes to shove, Notre Dame's biggest competition might be Penn State. Michigan is the local school and while Spindler has strong relationships with the Wolverines staff, I think he'd love to get out of the area. The Spindler family has some close connections to the Penn State community and the Nittany Lions could be more significant competition than most think at this stage.

DE Jason Onye‍ 

The three-star defensive end out of Rhode Island is one of the more intriguing prospects on Notre Dame's board because of his high ceiling. It's weird to say, but Onye is raw physically at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, but he's also still learning the game of football as he's really only started playing last year. 

Notre Dame offered in December and quickly shot to the top of his list. The Irish have recruited Bishop Hendricken before and left a great impression, so there are many positive vibes from those still around the program. 

Onye is also looking for Notre Dame's balance of big-time football and high academics. In fact, I would lean towards Onye being committed to Notre Dame right now if he had been able to take his unofficial visit in March. 

If official visits are back on, I'd expect Onye to make it to Notre Dame in June.

CB Ceyair Wright‍ 

USC recruiting is back on track, but it would surprise me to see the four-star cornerback end up a Trojan.

In talking to sources around the country, I feel Wright wants to get out of Los Angeles and experience something new. Notre Dame hosted him in December and you don't make that trip from California unless you're serious about it. 

Texas is another school that is recruiting Wright hard and one he likes quite a bit. The Longhorns have had some recent success (not including the LSU game) with defensive backs, so it has his attention. 

That said, I do think Notre Dame is a place he knows he'll be comfortable at as he's been in consistent contact with the commits and has a feel for the program. 

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