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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Film Don't Lie | Rocco Spindler

August 8, 2020

Notre Dame had high expectations this cycle for offensive line recruiting and it’s fair to say that many have been disappointed with the results so far.

They aren’t disappointed today. Jeff Quinn came through in a big way with a huge win on the trail by landing elite guard prospect Rocco Spindler‍ over Michigan.

If beating out Michigan for him isn’t enough to get Notre Dame fans excited, then that’s not a problem. Knowing that Spindler could be playing next to Blake Fisher‍ one day should be enough to get people pumped for the future of the offensive line.

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 315

Projected Position: Guard

ISD Grade: 93 (4-star)

National Average Grade: 94.2 (4-star)

What he does best:

Spindler is country strong. I know it sounds like a cliche, but it’s legitimate with him. He’s a big, powerful individual who has the strength to bully opponents. When he locks up on a defender, it’s pretty much done.

He has a good amount of nasty to his game as well and even when he finishes, he is someone who will go looking for more work.


He moves really well for someone his size. He does a nice job getting out on screens and to the second level with linebackers.


He shows good awareness in pass protection to go with good lateral movement. That’s something that isn’t valued enough with guards because they often have to slide to help other blockers or move to pick up the blitz. He can do that well.


There’s a lot of players who are long, but don’t use that length well. That’s not Spindler. He has a strong punch and can stop rushers and lock them out with it.


What he needs to improve:

There are some cases where he leans with his upper body in pass protection or where he doesn’t play with enough bend. I want to see him bend and anchor more consistently.

He can sometimes pop out high out of his stance and lose leverage. He’s so big and powerful that it isn’t a problem for him now, but will be against guys who can match him in college.

What’s his ceiling?

Spindler is a top-100 recruit for a reason. There just aren’t many guys this big who can move like he does. Much like Fisher, his issue might be making sure he doesn’t gain too much weight because he looks like he easily will carry 330 pounds on his frame.

I have seen some throw out Quenton Nelson comparisons for him and I think that’s unfair to Spindler. Nelson was a better prospect in my opinion and he became a generational talent at Notre Dame. That’s a lofty standard to live up to.

He does have the potential to develop into one of the top interior offensive linemen in the country, though. Physically he should be ready to compete early in his career and it would be surprising if he wasn’t in the mix in his second year to play a lot and eventually be a multi-year starter.

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