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2025 OL Michael Roeske Recaps Notre Dame Visit

September 27, 2023
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Michael Roeske‍ didn’t downplay his trip to Notre Dame for the Ohio State game this past weekend.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” the 2025 Wisconsin offensive lineman told Irish Sports Daily. “It was amazing with GameDay going, going through the facilities, just walking around campus and then obviously come game time, it was a great atmosphere in there. 

“We were right next to the student section. That's probably the best game I've ever been to through this recruiting process.”

The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder said the last-second loss doesn’t impact the way he views the Irish.

“No,” he said. “No, not at all. To me, it was a great game, so it was unfortunate that they lost, but overall, I think it was a great game day experience.

“I think our o-line did amazing. I think there were a couple plays we could have done a little better on, but overall, for the whole entire game, I think our defense played a great game and our o-line played a great game.”

Roeske, who picked up an offer from the Irish when he visited South Bend back in May, was able to reconnect with offensive line coach Joe Rudolph and Marcus Freeman.

“Pretty much same as it was before,” Roeske said of the message from the coaches. “That they really liked me and hoped I could get down again for either another game or another visit.”

Roeske, who also has offers from schools like Wisconsin, Syracuse, Indiana and Minnesota among others,  tore his ACL earlier this season, but the Irish coaches offered encouragement.

“They were like, 'That's just a bump in the road,’” Roeske recalled. “‘You'll come back stronger than ever, just take it day by day and do what the doctors say and trainers say and just come back better than ever.'

“It's great because, the night it happened, I was scared that I was going to lose all my offers and all my hard work that I'd put in is just gone for nothing. It's very nice hearing it from the coaches, just saying, 'We have your back. We still think that you can still be a great o-lineman at the college level.' It's really good to hear that.”

Roeske has four more visits coming up this fall with stops planned at Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He isn’t sure if he’ll return to South Bend this season, but expects to be back eventually.

“I'm definitely going to come down for another visit or two come spring.”

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