Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Top 2021 OL Blake Fisher Inspired By Relationship With Jeff Quinn

April 2, 2019

Notre Dame is off to a hot start in 2021 recruiting as quarterback Tyler Buchner‍ and offensive lineman Greg Crippen‍ have already committed to the Irish. 

2021 Avon (Ind.) offensive lineman Blake Fisher‍ is another name at the top of the board and it was easy to see why as the four-star prospect dominated at The Opening regional in Ohio on Sunday. 

Fisher has been maybe the most frequent visitor to Notre Dame over the last few months and was in South Bend just over a week ago to see practice. 

“It was great,” Fisher stated. “I had an awesome time. I had a good time talking with Coach (Jeff) Quinn and Coach (Brian) Kelly. They are phenomenal guys.” 

The 6-foot-6, 287-pounder has built an incredibly close relationship with Quinn and it’s one that goes deeper than football. In fact, it’s such a close relationship, it might be hard to top.

“He pushes me even though he’s at the collegiate level,” explained Fisher. “He knows my potential and knows I have a big future ahead of me. He’s like a father figure in a way from a distance. We have a really tight relationship.” 

Despite the close relationship, Fisher has yet to hear what position Quinn wants him to play in college and that’s more than fine with the Avon star. 

“He hasn’t told me yet,” said Fisher. “I have two years left so that anything could happen.”

While Kelly and Quinn made significant impressions once again, Notre Dame’s players and former players also made a considerable impact during Fisher’s visit. 

“I got to hang out with Quinn Carroll and John Olmstead along with some of the starters,” Fisher said. “I was able to hang out with Aaron Banks and Robert Hainsey. I got to talk with Sam Mustipher and Alex Bars. It was good to talk to them as they are headed to the NFL. It was good to get some tips from them.” 

“They are great dudes and they all speak highly of Notre Dame. It seemed like a really fun place to be.”

Fisher was also able to watch Notre Dame’s practice along with 2020 offensive lineman Zak Zinter and 2021 offensive lineman Landon Tengwall. 

It was a chance for the three recruits to bond, but they also were able to see how physical Notre Dame practiced, which impressed Fisher. 

“It was phenomenal,” stated Fisher. “It was very aggressive up front and a live practice from start to finish. They’re all really good guys and they communicate really well. Coach Quinn takes really good care of them.” 

He might be fresh off a visit to Notre Dame, but Fisher is already looking to get back to South Bend. However, he’ll make a few stops at some other Midwest programs next week as well. 

“I know next week I was going to try to go to the spring game, but I have to talk to my parents and see,” Fisher explained. “Next week on Thursday, I’ll be going to Northwestern and Friday, I’ll be going to Michigan.” 

Fisher remains firm in stating he doesn’t have a leader and isn’t close to making a decision, but make no mistake, Notre Dame has impressed him over the last few months. 

“I’m open to everything and enjoying the process,” said Fisher. “I want to give honor to God for putting me in this place.” 

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