Updating you on the latest news and notes on Notre Dame Fighting Irish football recruitment from BlueandGold.com.
Pat Coogan pledges to Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s March 26 offer to Pat Coogan sent the stone rolling downhill in his recruitment.
Already a coveted recruit among the top ten teams with more than 20 offers, Notre Dame – a childhood favorite – has changed its dynamics. It happened that it helped to open national attention to the Chicago Marist striker, three stars.
The state of Ohio offered a few days later. Then Oklahoma. Then LSU and Texas A&M. All within four days. He finally found a moment to absorb and emerged with some clarity – Notre Dame would be difficult to defeat. Two weeks after the flood of offers, he committed himself to Fighting Irish on Wednesday night.
“It was definitely a crazy experience and a blessing for sure,” said Coogan. “After everything calmed down, I was getting a ton of calls. I took a step back and didn’t think I would be able to continue doing this. So, I accelerated my process a little, which I am happy to have done. A big weight has definitely come off my shoulders.
Pat Coogan Commitment Reaction on Social Media
My kind of city …. Chicago is! ☘️
– Brian Polian (@BrianPolian) April 16, 2020
Updates on Notre Dame’s main targets Jason Onye and Rocco Spindler
Clarkston (Mich.) 2021 offensive striker class Rocco Spindler had its recruitment game plan defined.
He already announced his list of the top 10 schools in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee on March 2. The 6-5 and 290 pounds planned to take all five official visits in April and early May before committing on 15 May.
Spindler was going to visit Notre Dame on March 20, which was well known, and the Rivals100 product also confirmed BlueandGold.com that he was going to visit officially Brian Kelly ‘s program also on April 3.
“This has changed dramatically,” said Spindler of his recruitment process. “I have to push everything back; I don’t want to rush. I have a system, which is to make all my official visits, see what is my best option, give [the schools] a week in advance and have a great day of commitment at my school.
Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken School defensive final Jason Onye had a closed visit to Notre Dame in March, and the struggling Irish would be in a strong position to get their pledge.
The impact that COVID-19 is having on recruiting college football is not so important in the grand scheme of things, but it certainly took a step in the process for the prospects of the 2021 class.
“He ended it all,” said Onye. “The plan was to commit in the next month or in June, but it is probably no longer likely.”
Onye has an idea of how to proceed with his recruitment process, although it should be considered provisional, because there is a lot of uncertainty in terms of when visits will be allowed again.
A look back at recent Notre Dame versus Michigan recruitment battles
Currently, the latest Notre Dame and Michigan recruitment battle is taking place not far from Ann Arbor. Both teams are looking for Clarkson striker (Michigan) Rocco Spindler, one of the top 100 players across the country who would reinforce a group of positions sees himself as a basic element of his 2021 recruiting classes.
There have already been some recruiting battles between the two in this cycle, but Spindler remains the main point that will leave lasting euphoria for one and injuries for the other (or both, if he ends up choosing Penn State).
The Irish have already achieved some recruiting victories in Michigan, notably by attacking offensive attackers Pat Coogan earlier this week. Safety Justin Walters offensive attack Blake Fisher made visits to Michigan before committing to Notre Dame. Michigan stays in touch with receiver receiver Notre Dame Lorenzo Styles Jr.
Meanwhile, Michigan is committed to the promise of an ex-Irish fighter Greg Crippen, the final chapter of a Notre Dame recruitment that ended in an inevitable and surprising division.
Pod like a champion: smashing Notre Dame recruits in the Midwest
BlueandGold.com recruitment expert Mike Singer is joined by Rivals Midwest recruitment analyst Josh Helmholdt in this episode of Pod Like A Champion. They discuss how COVID-19 is impacting the college football recruiting landscape, discuss various Notre Dame targets and commit to the 2021 class and more.
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