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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2025 OL Jack Lange Breaks Down Notre Dame Return

January 21, 2024

Jack Lange‍ was back at Notre Dame this weekend and once again, the 2025 Missouri offensive lineman left extremely impressed with the Irish.

“I had a great time overall,” said Lange, who was in town for the Irish’s Junior Day after a trip to South Bend for a game back in October.

“Right when we got there, the recruiting staff were all dressed up as leprechauns. That was fun. We basically went straight into the weight room, weighed in. They gave us protein shakes and stuff. Then, we went to the team meeting room.”

There, Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman introduced the staff and gave a brief presentation.

“Then, one of the professors, Christopher Stevens, gave a big overview of just everything about the school,” Lange explained.

Afterward, there was a strength and conditioning presentation in the weight room followed by lunch. Lange and the other visiting offensive linemen - Matty Augustine‍ and Owen Strebig‍ - ate in Joe Rudolph’s meeting room alongside some of the current Irish linemen.

“It was good to just ask questions and just talk to them,” Lange said. “It was very helpful. I haven't really talked to any other players at any of these other schools and it was just very informative. 

“It's nice to get a perspective that isn't a coach because a coach is going to try to recruit you and get you to go there. But a player's going to tell you what it's actually like. It was just very insightful and very informative for me to get that experience.”

After lunch, Lange met with Freeman.

“It was good,” he said of his chat with Freeman. “He just talked about what he thought of me as a player and just where I fit in. He talked more about the program. It was very insightful to talk to him.”

Lange’s mother and Freeman come from the same hometown. 

“I know most people in that town are pretty nice people,” said Lange. “He's a great guy. I really got a good impression with him. I think it's going to be really good to catch up with him again soon. He seems like a really great, genuine guy.”

Lange also enjoyed his meeting with Rudolph.

“He also seems very genuine,” he said. “He's been around a lot of places. I think he really, really likes Notre Dame. I think that's probably where he wants to just finish his career up. He's also a great genuine guy. He's a family man. 

“He knows what life can do to a person and he's been through it. He has a lot of experience and he knows what he's talking about. I can tell that he cares about his guys and that means a lot. He sees the person before the athlete, which I like.”

Lange laughed when told that multiple Notre Dame commits in attendance said they had him on their list of prospects to land.

“The two who come to mind are definitely Justin Thurman‍ and Deuce Knight‍,” he said. “They're both great guys. I've known Justin forever now. Deuce, me and him started talking a lot more. He's a funny guy. I think I can see me and him being friends. 

“I also talked to a couple of defensive guys. Everybody who's committed, they all seem like really good guys. I didn't feel out of place and that was a really good sign for me.”

Freeman and Rudolph are scheduled to be at Eureka High School on Monday. 

Lange isn’t quite ready to make a final decision yet, but it’s obvious the Irish helped themselves tremendously on Saturday.

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