Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Marc Spindler | Rocco "Can't Make A Bad Decision"

August 8, 2020

While Rocco Spindler‍ can only commit to one school when he announces his decision on Saturday night, the elite 2021 Michigan offensive lineman could remain a fan of each of his final five schools, according to his father.

“This will be a heart-felt decision,” says Marc Spindler. “I understand that there will be a form of disappointment for the teams that don’t land him. I just hope they’re gracious - no different than when they lose on a Saturday afternoon to a team - that they have respect for the process that Rocco has gone through.”

Spindler will be choosing between Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and LSU.

“He has done this thing the right way and been a class act 100 percent,” his father says. “I just hope that the level of professionalism and courtesy that each school has extended will continue on and through. Regardless of where he goes.

“I personally think he would be a big fan of those schools no matter what because of the way they treated him, even if they’re rivals. You’re still going to have a respect…That’s how I operate anyway. If we’re not playing against them, I find myself rooting for them…if they handled themselves through the final hour appropriately.”

The final hour will come this evening with the announcement scheduled for 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

“As I’ve said all along, he can’t make a bad decision,” his father says. “In my mind, he can’t make a bad choice, so regardless of who it is, it’s a pretty good choice.

“When you really look at it, the last five schools he chose, are five really top-notch schools. You’re really splitting hairs between every single one of them. You can split hairs between every one of them. It’s a really hard, difficult choice.

“You’re talking about schools that are rich with history, tradition, they have a commitment to excellence.”

It’s been a long process and Mr. Spindler has been impressed with the way his son has gone about it from the start.

“It’s none of my business how other recruited athletes handle this, but I am so proud of the way he’s handled this,” he says. “He’s been so professional and so courteous. There hasn’t been a phone call he hasn’t taken, an email he hasn’t returned, a text message that he’s never corresponded back to with any of these coaches.”

And while the recruiting process is coming to a close, the next part is just starting.

“At 6 o’clock on Saturday, it all comes to an end and the new beginning of committing to that school begins and he will be ready; mentally, physically, socially and academically for the challenges that lay ahead. And there are going to be challenges in those areas.”

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