Notre Dame football's OL commit stands firm despite fierce competition

Notre Dame's recruiting shines with the commitment of offensive tackle Will Black amidst relentless pursuit by other top programs.
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Notre Dame football recruiting efforts have been paying off big time this winter and spring. Among the ways it's paid off was landing monster offensive tackle Will Black. Of course, that he's committed to the Fighting Irish hasn't stopped other schools from coming after him.

That's the cost of doing business when you're Notre Dame and going after the country's best players. Even when you land a commitment, Power 4 schools aren't going to back off. The Fighting Irish are seeing this with quarterback commit Deuce Knight as well.

The good news is, as with Deuce Knight, it's becoming increasingly clear that Notre Dame football recruiting efforts are paying off. Black, a solid commit, reaffirmed his commitment this week, instilling confidence in the team's future. 

“I’m definitely going there," Black told Blue and Gold News. "I’m definitely locked in.” 

That has to be good news for Notre Dame fans who are tired of seeing top programs try and steal their recruits away. The 9th-ranked offensive tackle in the class, according to On3,  will almost certainly continue to get pursued by Penn State and others.

The top player in Connecticut is a 4-star prospect from a state that doesn't offer many of those. However, even though these other Power 4 schools are coming after him, it's clear that he's more focused on where and how he'll play once his career starts in South Bend.

Notre Dame football commit excited to play alongside other talented offensive line prospects

Black is hardly the only offensive lineman Marcus Freeman and company have been able to reel in for the 2025 class. Matty Augustine and Owen Strebig are slated to be members of the Fighting Irish next yea, too.

Black spoke to On3 about his visit to South Bend at the end of the spring and meeting some of the other committed top prospects.

"So yeah, I think the best part of the visit was just meeting Owen (Strebig). I’ve already met Matty (Augustine) a few times, but just being with Matty and Owen together was really fun. Meeting Deuce (Knight) and a couple of the other guys was super fun. It was just like getting to know my future teammates."

Notre Dame football has a fight on its hands to keep Will Black. However, it looks like he's made up his mind and is a member of the Fighting Irish through and through.