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BREAKING | 2025 OL Owen Strebig Commits To Notre Dame

February 8, 2024

The recruiting process was more than Owen Strebig‍ could have ever imagined.

“I never thought I'd even get one offer, so to know I had this many opportunities is a blessing,” the 2025 Wisconsin offensive lineman told Irish Sports Daily.

The 6-foot-8, 295-pounder would end up receiving dozens of offers from some of the top football programs across the country and on Thursday afternoon, he announced his commitment to Notre Dame.

The Catholic Memorial High School standout chose the Irish over his other finalists; Miami, Wisconsin and Florida State.

“Now that I'm committed, it's all Notre Dame,” Strebig said. “I'm not going to visit anywhere, I'm not really talking to anybody else. I'm going to do my best to get better for my senior season, get better for when I early enroll and help recruit this class and keep it a top class in the country.”

Strebig made six visits to South Bend over the last couple years and head coach Marcus Freeman and offensive line coach Joe Rudolph continuously set the bar throughout his process.

“In the back of my mind, it's always been Notre Dame,” Strebig acknowledged. “I love the tradition. I love the school. The biggest thing is I'm going to be able to get my degree. It's a powerful degree. The alumni connection is amazing. You don't find that at a lot of places and then you look at the football program, it just keeps trending up every year. 

“You want to find the best of both worlds, Notre Dame is the best of both worlds. Then, two, just my relationship with Coach Freeman and Coach Rudolph. I have so much trust in them. I'm excited to just get there, get to work and do my best to get developed.”

Those repeated visits helped Strebig build genuine bonds with the coaches at Notre Dame.

“I think it's good that I was on campus a lot and they were up here a good amount, and then texting and calling,” Strebig said. “Their relationship with my parents and my siblings. I know Coach Rudolph's wife and kids. It's all that little stuff, the outside of football things. That's something that made a big difference for me.”

Strebig gives the Irish 14 verbal commitments in the Class of 2025 and joins Will Black to give them two of their top targets on the offensive linemen. Strebig has good relationships with many of the other pledges. 

“Obviously like Deuce (Knight), Justin Thurman, Will Black, people like that,” he said. “I feel comfortable with them. That's the biggest thing too, you want to know who you're going to be around. If you like those people, you're going to be able to thrive in a good environment.”

Strebig is excited to get his college career started as an early enrollee next January.

“I think I'm going to see benefits in the weight room, benefits of getting in and getting to practice, getting my schedule started. I've got to think bigger picture too, maybe even getting a Master's during my time on campus. 

“It's really just maximizing the opportunities that I've been given.”

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