Notre Dame football battling with Oregon for TE prospect

The Notre Dame football team is trying to land a top tight end prospect, but it looks like a new Big Ten team is going to cause a problem.
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The Notre Dame football program likes to think of itself as Tight End U. Of course, in order to continue to calling itself that, it needs to keep reeling in the best tight ends in the sport. And the best tight-end prospects in any recruiting class.

For the 2025 recruiting class, one of the best tight ends of that cycle is Linkon Cure. The Irish have done a pretty good job of getting their feet in the door with Cure, but now it looks like Notre Dame has a high-profile rival for the prospect.

Cure recently talked to Irish Sports Daily about how he’s going to be handling his process over the next year and it’s clear that Notre Dame football is in the running. However, he’s only got one official visit scheduled so fa, and that visit is to Oregon.

“I'll go to some junior days and after I make that top list,” he told the publication. “Those coaches will probably start contacting me more and I'll start figuring out some more stuff about their school and stuff like that. I still need to figure out my major. I'll probably narrow it down even more in the next couple of months after that.”

Notre Dame football still in the running for Linkon Cure

Just because Cure only has an official visit to Oregon locked in, doesn’t mean the Ducks are the only team in contention. Over the last year, he took quite a few unofficial visits. 

He took a trip to Notre Dame football to see how they work with tight ends, then he made trips to Kansas State, Penn State, and Nebraska, Auburn, Orego, and Kansas State. 

The 4-star tight-end prospect out of Kansas City is going to be a tough one to grab. Kansas State is clearly another player for Linkon Cure’s services. Whether or not it’s a three-team race with Notre Dame football being the third team is still an open question.

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Just how much of a lead Oregon has is also a question. Those likely won’t get answers until the summer of 2024.