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2025 OL Owen Strebig Breaks Down Latest Notre Dame Stop

September 28, 2023
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Count Owen Strebig‍ among those recruits who had a wonderful time in South Bend last weekend despite Notre Dame’s last-second loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday night.

“Man, it was awesome,” the top 2025 Wisconsin offensive lineman told Irish Sports Daily. “The atmosphere was crazy. I mean, no doubt the best game I've been to, it was just insane.

“It really started at the Victory March, just how many people were there welcoming the players into the Stadium. I could tell just from that, that it was going to be a crazy night. It was so loud. As I was leaving the game, my ears were literally ringing.”

The 6-foot-8, 290-pounder wasn’t discouraged by the Irish coming up just short against Ohio State.

“It was two big-time teams playing a big-time game,” he said. “So both of them got after it. You have to play good competition to get better.”

The message from the Notre Dame coaching staff throughout the day was a simple one.

“They were just letting me know how much of a priority I am to them and they really think I'm a good fit, not only for their football program, but just a good fit in their locker room,” he said.

But it’s a message that Strebig believes.

“Definitely,” he said. “The few players that I've met are kind of on similar wavelengths. I could definitely see myself being a part of the program.”

He also sees that with the other prospects Notre Dame is recruiting, especially 2025 Connecticut offensive lineman Matty Augustine‍.

“That's my guy,” Strebig said. “I think this is our third visit together, so I love when we get to hang out. My family is starting to become friends with his family, so it's just a really good relationship that I have so far.

“No matter where we end up. I hope it's together, but he's going to be my dog for a while. I'm really happy I met him so early in this process.”

Strebig is also having conversations with current Irish commits, including quarterback Deuce Knight‍ and running back Justin Thurman‍.

“It's cool having a big-time quarterback hitting you up,” he said of Knight. “The day after he committed, he texted me and just let me know that he needs somebody to protect him up front. And then Justin Thurman started hitting me up. It's definitely something really only Notre Dame commits are doing, texting me. That's pretty unique.”

Strebig already visited Wisconsin this season and will head to USC at the end of the season. Those are the only trips he has scheduled for now, but he could return to Notre Dame in the future as well.

“Coach Freeman said he just wants me to come back as much as I can, so I definitely want to find another time to be back,” he said.

Strebig continues to show patience with the process and doesn’t have a firm timeline for a decision.

“Everything's still kind of open right now. Obviously. I'm starting to form top schools in my head, but everything will remain open for a while. I just want to make sure the school I pick I'm comfortable with, my family's comfortable with and it's the right choice for me.”

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