How lengthy till the soccer program already often known as “O-Line U” and “Tight Finish U” begins going by “Linebacker U”.
I’d say that with apologies to our buddies at Nittany Lions Wire however my mom advised me way back that apologies are speculated to be honest and mine actually wouldn’t be.
In all seriousness although, few have even been within the dialog for linebacker manufacturing with Notre Dame the final decade, who’s the one program to prove three Butkus Award winners in that point.
The Irish additionally simply welcomed 2021 Excessive Faculty Butkus Award winner Prince Kollie of their newest recruiting class whereas the 2022 class is totally loaded on the place.
4-star linebackers Niuafe (Junior) Tuihalamaka, Joshua Burnham, and Nolan Ziegler had every already dedicated earlier than the best rated of all of them (in accordance with 247Sports), Jaylen Sneed, introduced his determination to attend Notre Dame on Monday.
The Preventing Irish class is at present ranked behind solely Ohio State in accordance with 247Sports with linebackers clearly being its power and a spot they’d seem achieved recruiting for the category.
Here’s a little on every of the four-headed monster Notre Dame is about to herald with the 2022 class:
LB – Nolan Ziegler
Nolan Ziegler was a particularly early dedication to the 2022 class for Notre Dame because the Grand Rapids (Catholic Central), Michigan product was initially listed as an athlete in his recruiting breakdowns earlier than being moved to linebacker. Ziegler was the primary of two star linebackers the Irish have been capable of get commitments from the Nice Lake State. Ziegler Profile: 6-4, 210 kilos No. 313 total, No. 35 LB, four-star (247Sports) Grand Rapids, Michigan
Joshua Burnham was at one time seen as a vital lock to land at Michigan however as Jerome Bettis as soon as stated (we expect it was him, anyway), “the very best highschool soccer gamers in Michigan go to Notre Dame”. Burnham is among the greatest not simply Michigan, however the nation has to supply in 2022 because the likes of Alabama have been even in pursuit of his skills. He isn’t solely a monster at 6-4, 225 kilos, however strikes properly sufficient to have performed quarterback, working again, and basketball as properly. Burnham Profile: 6-4, 225 kilos No. 112 total, No. 12 linebacker, four-star (247Sports) Traverse Metropolis, Michigan
Niuafe Tuihalamaka was a one-time USC dedication that modified his thoughts and ultimately gave his phrase to Notre Dame in mid-June. One of many prime inside linebackers within the 2022 recruiting class, Tuihalamaka suits the large construct Marcus Freeman appears to be in search of in his inside linebackers. His velocity may not make him incredible in phrases in cross protection however his downhill potential ought to imply for an elite stage enjoying the run. Tuihalamaka Profile: 6-2, 235 kilos No. 107 total, No. 11 linebacker, four-star (247Sports) Mission Hills, California
Jaylen Sneed performed his junior yr as extra of a defensive finish than linebacker and has elite playmaking potential and seems subsequent to inconceivable to dam, particularly contemplating how laborious he performs. One fascinating factor about Sneed is that he acquired gives from powerhouses like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma, and loads of others, however one program that didn’t provide him was his home-state Clemson. Prized linebacker recruits with the initials “J. S” have achieved first rate beneath the golden dome. Sneed Profile: 6-2, 210 kilos No. 70 total, No. 8 linebacker, four-star (247Sports) Hilton Head Island, South Carolina