In what was seen as Brian Kelly’s best effort on the recruiting trail in a few cycles, the 2021 class has the potential to have multiple early impact players. Two of ESPN’s recruiting experts, the two Tom’s, Luginbill and VanHaaren, each selected their preseason true freshman All-American team (insider). Find out below which Irish freshman made the list.
Quarterback Tyler Buchner
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Selected by Luginbill, the California native “is just too talented to ignore. It wouldn’t be surprising to see plenty of him throughout the year.” I tend to agree with that assessment, Kelly will not want to have another situation like this past offseason where the returning quarterbacks lack experience and have to gamble on someone outside the program.
Offensive lineman Blake Fisher
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Both Tom’s selected the instate 5-star and rightfully so. The camp buzz surrounding Fisher has been loud. Luginbill said “Fisher arrives with the required size as well as outstanding strength,” which shouldn’t surprise anyone who followed his high school career. The left tackle could very well be a 3-4 year starter.
Offensive guard Rocco Spindler
Rocco Spindler prepares for his announcement on where he would go to play football. Rocco announced he would be attending Notre Dame on August 8, 2020, in Clarkston.
The other highly thought of 2021 offensive line recruit, Spindler could very well crack the starting lineup like Fisher. Again, both Tom’s selected Spindler and Luginbill likes that he “brings excellent physical tools and an aggressive, competitive demeanor.” It would be impressive for one, let alone two, true freshman offensive lineman to play significant time.
Notable - Clemson running back Will Shipley
The Irish unfortunately missed out on Shipley as he signed with Clemson, if you remember the back had Notre Dame among his final schools. Again, both Tom’s selected Shipley to their teams and it stings. Even though the talented back would have been behind Kyren Williams on the depth chart, he most likely would have fought with Chris Tyree for second team reps.