The Notre Dame coaching staff returned to the recruiting trail this week and much of their attention is focused on the 2020 and 2021 classes. With the 2019 class just about wrapped up, the staff is putting most of its attention on the underclassmen.
On Tuesday, offensive line coach Jeff Quinn headed west to see one of the top of the board targets from the 2020 class.
Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle three-star offensive tackle Tosh Baker tells Irish Illustrated and 247Sports that Quinn stopped by the school on Tuesday to check in him. The 6-8, 260-pounder continues to receive a ton of attention from the Fighting Irish and remains a priority in the class. That comes as little surprise. Baker made his way to Notre Dame in December, his first trip to South Bend, and left impressed with what he saw from the Fighting Irish.
“The highlight of the trip was after coach Brian Kelly offered me, which was is a great experience for me and my family to share,” said Baker. “My family sat down with coach Quinn in his office and were able to talk about how I can be a great fit for their program.”
Baker has seen his recruitment take off since picking up the Fighting Irish offer on Dec. 15. After that, schools like USC, Michigan, Cal, Oregon, Indiana, Alabama and Ohio State all jumped in with an offer. Notre Dame, led by Quinn, will continue ramping up its recruiting efforts in hopes of landing Baker, who is expected to see a big boost to his ranking in the near future. Quinn would love to land the talented tackle and add him to the 2020 commit list.
“Coach Quinn is as great a person as he is a coach,” said Baker. “He cares about me on the field as much as in the community.”
Per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Baker is listed as the No. 52 offensive tackle nationally and No. 12 prospect in Arizona from the class of 2020. In addition to being an excellent football player, Baker is a terrific basketball player as well. His ability to play both sports at a high level, his advanced footwork and athleticism, all of those are factors behind his late boost on the recruiting trail and the additional offers coming his ways.