2017 OL Robert Hainsey includes Notre Dame in final three


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

It’s down to three.

Consensus four-star offensive lineman Robert Hainsey narrowed his list of suitors to Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State on Tuesday, and announced on Twitter that he will make a verbal commitment at The Opening in July.

Hainsey made his second visit to Notre Dame last weekend for the program’s third-annual Irish Invasion camp, and while few offensive linemen were in attendance, that afforded the 2017 prospect more personal time with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

“We’ve been talking more,” Hainsey told ND Insider on Sunday. “He’s definitely one of the best o-line coaches in the country. That’s a major thing to think about when I make my decision, just because of the way he coaches and the way he is. I really like him.”

Hiestand isn’t the only one trying to recruit Hainsey to Notre Dame. The 6-foot-5, 276-pound offensive lineman played last season at IMG Academy, where he was teammates with current Irish freshmen Tony Jones Jr. and Spencer Perry. He also hails from Monroeville, Pa., and has been in contact with Pittsburgh area products and Notre Dame commits Josh Lugg, David Adams and Phil Jurkovec.

Hainsey, however, isn’t the only one the Irish coaches need to impress.

“The main reason I wanted to go up this weekend was because it was the only school my mom hadn’t seen,” Hainsey said. “It was important to me for her to see it. She really liked it. It’s a really nice place. Obviously the education is great. The people are nice. The coaches really care.”

Two of Notre Dame’s 13 verbal commits in the 2017 class are offensive linemen: Josh Lugg and Dillan Gibbons. Check out Hainsey’s junior highlights below.

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— Robert Hainsey5️⃣6️⃣ (@RH56__) June 21, 2016

Four-star offensive lineman Robert Hainsey visited Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 22. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)