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Quinn Thrilled With 2019 OL Recruiting

December 21, 2018
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There may not be a coach on the Notre Dame staff as happy with respect to their position than offensive line coach Jeff Quinn following Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

Quinn and the Irish landed four top-rated offensive linemen in Quinn Carroll‍, Zeke Correll‍, John Olmstead‍ and Andrew Kristofic‍.

“All four of them are outstanding,” Quinn said during UND.com’s Signing Day Show. “They’re going to be here in January and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Quinn said the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Correll would begin his career competing at center.

“He’s a competitive son of a gun,” Quinn said of the Cincinnati native. “I love him. He does all of the things you want to see as a position coach from respect to the position of offensive line. He comes from a football family. He’s a tremendous competitor. We’re very excited about having him join our program.”

Quinn noted that Carroll is ranked as the top player in the state of Minnesota.

“He comes from another great football family,” Quinn said of the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder. “His dad played in the NFL, his brothers played at the collegiate level, so they know what this process is all about. For him to choose Notre Dame and the opportunities he’s going to be blessed with is tremendous for all of us.”

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Kristofic comes from the same Pine-Richland High School program as current freshman quarterback Phil Jurkovec.

“He knew a little bit about Notre Dame and saw it through Phil and his experience,” Quinn said. “We had a chance to see him. Another tremendous young man. His dad played at the collegiate level and certainly comes from a big-time family in terms of football. I can’t wait to see him. He’ll be competing at the tackle position.”

While talking about Olmstead, Quinn mentioned the last great Irish lineman to come from his state.

“A young man out of New Jersey and we all know a little bit about a player who came out of that neck of the woods in Quenton Nelson,” he said. “He was already tied into Notre Dame Football and the opportunities that are going to be created for him through what he learned through Quenton Nelson being from the East Coast.”

Quinn also detailed the five things he looks for when recruiting.

“Personal history, family history, medical history, academic and athletic history,” he explained. “When we talk about family and athletic and the focus it takes to become a great player, it’s nice to have a father or an older sibling whether it’s an older brother, older sister who have gone through the process and understand the sacrifice, dedication and commitment it takes to play at the highest level.

“They all come from families like that.”

And they’ll all join the Irish family next month as early enrollees.

 
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