2026 Notre Dame football quarterback recruiting race has a new leader

Notre Dame football coach watches the action against USC
Notre Dame football coach watches the action against USC / Michael Miller/ISI Photos/GettyImages

The Notre Dame football team might be very close to officially landing its quarterback prospect for the 2026 class. The question now is whether securing the commitment of one of the top quarterbacks in the class means that the Irish are done recruiting at the position or whether they might continue to try and take two.

Notre Dame has been in fierce competition for two Florida signal-callers, Noah Grubbs and Brady Hart, who share similar game styles and talents. The race is on, and it seems the first to commit will secure a spot in the Irish 2026 class. Grubbs seems about to make his move.

On Friday morning, 247Sports recruiting analyst Tom Loy made a significant prediction, placing a Crystal Ball for Grubbs to choose the Notre Dame football team as his school. This forecast follows a recent visit from two Irish coaches to the quarterback.

Mike Denbrock and Gino Guidugli went out to Florida to see Grubbs throw to high school teammates at Lake Mary for that school's spring practice. It's worth pointing out that Grubbs went on the record as saying he really liked that the coaches were out there, even if they weren't able to actually sit down and have a conversation with him.

The race for 2026 quarterback heats up at Notre Dame with a commitment imminent

The interesting twist here, now that Grubbs is officially predicted to land in South Bend, is that his chief rival in the race for who will be the quarterback for their class is Brady Hart. Hart was given a Crystal Ball for Notre Dame football earlier this spring.

Both signal-callers have long been seen as leans to the Fighting Irish. Now it's all about sitting back and seeing if both are ok really competing with each other for a spot on the depth chart in a few years.

Of course, there's another catch in all of this. Even if Noah Grubbs and Brady Hart both committed to Marcus Freeman and company, it will still be a year and a half before either can sign a National Letter of Content. 

Could the Notre Dame coaches hold onto both all the way to the finish line? That seems extremely unlikely, though it's a problem Freeman and Guidugli would love to have. If Notre Dame football fans thought this race was interesting before, it's about to take some real twists and turns.