Notre Dame Football trails as OL prospect starts shutting down recruitment

Notre Dame Football faces recruitment setback as top prospect Jack Lange sets final four visits, leaving them on the outside looking in.
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The Notre Dame Football program has been on quite the run recruiting wise over the last few weeks. The Pot of Gold Day started a new push for 2026 prospects, but those are far from the only ones getting Marcus Freeman’s attention.

The Fighting Irish have invested a ton of time and attention into trying to land Jack Lange. The 4-star offensive lineman out of Missouri was once considered a near-lock for Notre Dame Football. Things have apparently changed for the worse for Freeman.

Speaking to Tim Verghese of Rivals, Lange laid out his plans for the next few months. He laid out that he sees the light at the end of the tunnel for his recruitment. He knows when he’s going to shut things down and now he knows who the final four contenders are. Unfortunately for Notre Dame Football, it looks like they’re locked out.

Notre Dame football on the outside looking in for Jack Lange

Lange has set his final four official visits. Wisconsin on May 31, Missouri on June 7, Michigan June on 14, and Nebraska on June 21. That’s it. That’s the list.

“For me, I think I’m ready to start shutting the process down, so I think these four schools are the ones I want to go look at," he told rivals. "I think I’m going to go to one of those four schools. There’s going to be schools that reach out and try to talk to me, and things could change, but I don’t think they will.”

Notre Dame Football is almost certainly going to be one of those schools. Marcus Freeman doesn’t strike anyone as a “it’s over” kind of guy. There’s even a chance he can make some progress.

After all, the top player in Missouri was once thought to be leaning toward the Irish. But for now, Notre Dame Football is on the outside looking in.