Notre Dame’s 2021 recruiting class received its second commit tonight in OL Greg Crippen. He joins QB Tyler Buchner who just recently committed, as well. Originally from Milton, MA, Crippen transferred to IMG Academy in Florida this past year to improve his game and gain exposure. He cited academics as a major factor in his decision to commit to the Irish.
Crippen was on an unofficial visit to ND this past weekend and decided to inform the coaching staff of his commitment shortly after arriving home. Ohio State and Alabama both offered within the past 10 days, but the Notre Dame package was too much to turn down.
God, Country, Notre Dame. Play Like a Champion Today.
— Greg CRIPPEN (@gregcrippen) March 27, 2019
Recruiting Service Rankings
Irish Sports Daily — 4 star (90 rating)
Crippen is not yet ranked by the national recruiting services.
In addition to Notre Dame, Crippen holds offers from Alabama, Boston College, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Syracuse.
Crippen played LG for IMG this past season and projects to stay inside at the college level. As just as sophomore, he shows solid athleticism and good technique. He moves well with good knee bend and also shows impressive ability to pull. Listed at only 270 lbs, Crippen will need to add muscle. But again, he’s just a sophomore and has the frame to add plenty of good weight. Once he does, he’ll be finishing plays with more physicality.
Considering he’s still two years away from arriving at Notre Dame, it’s tough to predict much on immediate impact. As most offensive linemen do, the betting odds would suggest that he’ll redshirt his freshman year as he adds muscle. With that being said, a former IMG alumnus, Robert Hainsey, saw playing time very early in his career at Notre Dame. If Crippen comes in physically ready, he could find himself in the two-deep as a result of his advanced technique and IMG background. Regardless, I expect Crippen to have a long and successful career in the blue and gold.
Welcome to the Irish family, Greg!