RECRUITING

Film Study: Notre Dame OL commit Liam Eichenberg

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

OL Liam Eichenberg, 6-5, 285; Cleveland St. Ignatius.

The numbers: Eichenberg helped clear the way for an offense that averaged more than 30 points per game in 2014. The Wildcats (7-5) ended their season with a loss in the second round of OHSAA Division I playoffs.

The rankings: 247Sports — Four stars, No. 5 offensive tackle. Rivals — Three stars, No. 37 offensive tackle.

FILM BREAKDOWN

ELYRIA

MOELLER MENTOR

First impression: Eichenberg is a polished offensive linemen with sound technique in run blocking and pass protection. He possesses the frame and skill set to play multiple positions. He should compete for playing time early in his college career.

Strengths: Few high school linemen are as good at pass protection as run blocking, but that’s the case for Eichenberg. He shows great patience in his pass sets and moves backward quickly to form a pocket for the quarterback. In run blocking, Eichenberg’s ability to consistently move his feet allows him to dominate defensive linemen as he pleases. He works well hooking defenders inside to seal an edge, and also washes defensive ends outside to create a crease inside of him. He finishes blocks through the whistle by trying to take his man to the ground.

He did what? (Elyria :00) Eichenberg blocks a rushing defensive end all the way onto his own sideline as the St. Ignatius quarterback rolls the other way … (Moeller :00) Sliding right in pass protection, Eichenberg is asked to blocked Irish defensive tackle signee Elijah Taylor. He gains control of Taylor and takes him to the ground … (Mentor :07) Eichenberg shows how quickly he can get back in pass protection. He cuts off the defensive end trying to go around him and starts to drive him away from the quarterback as soon as the two meet.

Competition level: St. Ignatius plays against a number of the top teams in talent-rich Ohio and beyond the Buckeye state borders. The Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 10 in Ohio according to MaxPreps after playing against four teams ranked above them in the state: St. Xavier, Hudson, Moeller and St. Edward. St. Ignatius also played against the No. 2 team in New Jersey (Paramus Catholic) and No. 1 team in Pennsylvania (St. Joseph’s Prep). Eichenberg had to block a number of top defensive linemen including Irish signee Elijah Taylor and five-star recruit Rashan Gary.

Left to prove: Eichenberg appears to be well-taught when it comes to the fundamentals of offensive line play. But he does have a tendency to stray from good technique in small details. More consistent hand placement and making sure to keep good leverage with a good knee bend will be important in taking his game to another level. Eichenberg could use more strength across the board but particularly in the lower body.

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Offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg gave his verbal commitment to Notre Dame on Sunday, April 19. (SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ)