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2022 OL Ashton Craig Comments On Notre Dame Commitment

June 28, 2021

Ashton Craig’s college options seemed to be getting better by the day; or at least the week.

After a surge of offers over the winter, 2022 Indiana offensive lineman picked up offers from Vanderbilt and Florida State in May.

Michigan came through with an offer in June and Notre Dame eventually followed just as Ohio State was taking its evaluation of the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder to the next level.

The Irish offer came after Craig performed at a Notre Dame camp and just before an official visit to South Bend.

After officials to Nebraska and Northwestern and unofficials to Ann Arbor and Columbus, the second visit to Notre Dame was the final one he’d need before settling on a school and committing to the Irish.

“They provide an elite education, the exceptional physical development I was looking for,” Craig told Irish Sports Daily following his announcement. “The spiritual development is also very important to me.”

Craig’s head coach at Lawrenceburg High School, Ryan Knigga, had always counseled him on evaluating the people he met at each stop and doing so while in South Bend helped him reach his final decision.

“I had one host but the rest of the line was also involved because they like to do everything as one unit,” Craig told ISD. “I love the brotherhood they share and am excited to be a part of that. After spending time together, we just clicked.”

The Notre Dame staff also made a strong impression.

“Coaches and the rest of the staff were second to none,” Craig said. “They welcomed me as part of the family and it just felt like home.”

Craig is excited about what he feels he can bring to his new family.

“I think what I bring to the program is a player that will work hard in every phase,” he said. “On the field, weight room, school and community.

“I want to be a player that helps Notre Dame win games and championships. I think I bring a level of athleticism to the program that will be a valuable asset to the offensive line.”

The process was a frenzied one at the end, but Craig never seemed stressed, even telling ISD prior to his visit that he didn’t feel overwhelmed by any of the attention.

Coming out of his decision, it’s clear he feels the same way and is comfortable with his choice.

“I am confident in my decision, especially after spending time on campus with the staff and players.”

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