The Notre Dame Fighting Irish aren’t on fire in the recruiting world right now — they’re a supernova. On Thursday, Notre Dame flipped 4-Star offensive lineman Caleb Johnson away from the Auburn Tigers. Johnson, a Fort Wayne native, committed to Auburn back in May, but Jeff Quinn and Notre Dame were able to get the deal done during a whirlwind week for Irish recruiting.
— Caleb Johnson (@CalebJohnson70) November 20, 2020
Offensive line prospect with good height, average arm length and a muscled, athletic, well-proportioned frame. Has good bend and flexibility. Creates movement in the run game, particularly as a down-blocker. Has desired body quickness. Plays with a good base. Could project to tackle or guard long term. Lunges in pass protection. Doesn’t keep a flat back and trust his base. Plays off balance too much and struggles with redirection when engaged. Athletic for a big body but still ironing out functional coordination. Body type and traits point to an eventual Power Five starter that has back-end NFL Draft upside.
This is Notre Dame’s 5th offensive line commitment for the 2021 cycle. So much of Notre Dame’s success this year stems from their incredible offensive line — as they sit at 8-0 and ranked as the #2 team in the country. Another class of really good prospects certainly strengthens their biggest strength for the future.
Overall, this is Notre Dame’s 23rd commitment for the 2021 class — though again — we should not expect David Abiara in this class come signing day (or sooner). Of Notre Dame’s 4 commitments over the past 4 days, 3 of the recruits were committed elsewhere. This is an extremely high number for Notre Dame, and they may not be done with the flips in this class.
Notre Dame’s recruiting class is currently ranked #8 in the country by the 247 Composite Team rankings.