Notre Dame has recruited extremely well along the offensive line and the staff is hoping that trend continues in the 2020 class. On Thursday, a couple of Fighting Irish assistant coaches headed to the Northeast to see a target the staff absolutely wants to land this cycle.
Here’s the latest.
Offensive coordinator Chip Long and offensive line coach Jeff Quinn are stopping by Millis (Mass.) Milford high school this afternoon to check in with four-star offensive tackle Kevin Pyne. The 6-7, 275-pounder, who has offers from Notre Dame, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and many others, is ranked as the No. 108 overall player in the class of 2020 per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Per the 247Sports Crystal Ball, Notre Dame looks like the team to beat for the country’s No. 13-ranked offensive tackle prospect. All five picks, including those from myself, Irish Illustrated’s Kevin Sinclair, National Recruiting Director Steve Wiltfong and National Analyst Brian Dohn, have him ending up with the Fighting Irish when all is said and done.
Pyne is the cousin of Notre Dame four-star quarterback commit Drew Pyne, another class of 2020 recruit, who also received a visit from the Fighting Irish staff this week.
“Keep in mind Pyne is a 2020 prospect, and his ceiling is sky high. At 6-foot-7, he has great length, but what is most impressive is his body control, his foot quickness and his technique. His steps are clean, he bends well to gain leverage (not easy for a kid his size) and explodes at the snap of the ball. A lot of his areas for improvement will take place with the normal maturation process, particularly his strength and body control. He is a tenacious blocker who does a good job with his initial punch. His hand placement sometimes is not as accurate as it will be in the future, but it is amazing to see him get out and pull at his size. He is a national recruit.” — Brian Dohn