A big recruiting weekend for Notre Dame continued this Sunday night, when offensive tackle Michael Carmody decided to verbally commit to the Fighting Irish. The 6’6″/285-pounder out of Pennsylvania is the 13th player to join Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2020. For those of you who follow Notre Dame basketball, Michael’s last name probably looks pretty familiar. Of course, Michael is the younger brother of current Notre Dame basketball player Robby Carmody.
Notre Dame offered Michael back on May 5th, shortly after Jimmy Christ committed to Virginia. The Irish made it clear that Carmody was a priority target after that point. After visiting each of the past two weekends, Michael decided to pull the trigger and commit to the Fighting Irish.
— Michael Carmody (@michaeltcarmody) June 16, 2019
Recruiting Service Rankings
Rivals — 4 star (5.8 rating), NR overall, #36 OT, #2 in PA
ESPN — 4 star (84 rating), #117 overall, #14 OT, #2 in PA
247Sports — 4 star (94 rating), #95 overall, #12 OT, #2 in PA
247Sports Composite — 4 star (.9412), #134 overall, #16 OT, #2 in PA
Irish Sports Daily — 4 star (90 rating)
In addition to Notre Dame, Michael has other offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Stanford, Wisconsin, and others.
This probably comes as no surprise given who his older brother is, but Michael also plays basketball for Mars Area High School. One thing I love about recruiting basketball-players along the offensive line is that they typically move really well — Michael is no exception. Just watch the second clip from his highlights. He’s in COVERAGE and tracks down a receiver running a screen to make a stop behind the line of scrimmage. That is just not normal for a guy of his size.
Michael also has a clear drive to bury his opponent into the turf, but he needs to work on his hand placement. I noticed a few plays in his highlights in which he could have been called for holding. He’ll need to learn how to keep his hands tight inside, but that’s just a technique thing that can be coached into him.
Jeff Quinn continues to be on a roll. Since he was announced as the offensive line coach a year and a half ago, he has either signed or earned the commitment of eight Top 250 offensive lineman. Many who were worried about his ability to recruit upon him taking over for Hiestand have been proven wrong.
I mentioned this yesterday in the Blake Fisher commit post, but the Irish have cupboards filled to the brim with talented offensive linemen who possess a ton of potential. Michael Carmody only adds to that. He checks all the boxes of an offensive tackle physically, and he is a very high-ceiling prospect. But, as is the standard for offensive linemen at Notre Dame, he should be expected to redshirt and then maybe take another year or so before making a significant contribution.
Welcome to the Irish family, Michael!