Notre Dame continued its run of outstanding line recruiting with a commitment from blue-chip prospect Zeke Correll. Fresh off an official visit to South Bend, Correll cancelled his final official to Ohio State before announcing for the Irish. Correll joins Quinn Carroll, John Olmstead, and Andrew Kristofic in an offensive line class for the ages. We don’t know what Jeff Quinn will do on the field yet, of course, but on the trail he’s a Boss. Capital B.
Recruiting Service Rankings
247 Composite — 4 star (0.9300 rating), #170 overall, #9 OG, #5 in OH
247 Sports — 4 star (93 rating), #131 overall, #5 OG, #4 in OH
Rivals — 4 star (5.8 rating), NR overall, #14 OG, #11 in OH
ESPN — 4 star (83 rating), #174 overall, #7 OG, #3 in OH
In addition to Notre Dame, Zeke Correll holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, among others.
His other finalists were Clemson, Ohio State, and Stanford, by the way. Probably will be conveniently forgotten by those who argue that we never, ever beat them for anyone.
Correll can play a little high at times and rely on pure physical dominance, which we see often with high school linemen. He could also stand to improve his initial punch; he lets guys get into his body a little too easily. Aside from that, though… Raw power. He has the potential and the attitude to be physically dominant at the point of attack. He plays like he takes any attempt to penetrate the backfield as a personal affront, an affront that must be remedied immediately. He plays to the echo of the whistle on every single snap. His versatility shows in how often his schools moves him around, and he has pretty good feed, but I definitely think his future at the next level is on the interior.
Zeke Correll will enroll early, which will help him develop but probably won’t get him on the field faster. There’s just too much talent in the classes ahead of him for a chance at an immediate impact. He definitely has the look of at least an above average starter down the line; if he develops the excellent tools he has, he could be a lot more than that too.
Welcome to the Irish family, Zeke!