Coveted 2019 OL Quinn Carroll visiting Notre Dame this weekend

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Jeff Quinn scored his first recruiting wins as Notre Dame’s offensive line coach last week as Luke Jones and Jarrett Patterson officially joined the 2018 class on National Signing Day.

As is always the case with recruiting, his work isn’t done. Now Quinn will have to shift his focus to the 2019 class.

His first opportunity to impress will come this weekend when Quinn Carroll visits campus. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound junior at Edina (Minn.) High was an early 2019 target of former offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

Carroll, a four-star recruit, visited the Irish last April, received an offer in May and returned for the USC game in October. This weekend, he will be visiting campus with his girlfriend and his father. They plan to be in town from Friday until Monday, Carroll said.

A successful recruitment of Carroll would be a good start for Quinn. Carroll has already drawn offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC. His father, Jay, played tight end for Minnesota and his older brother, Collin, was a long snapper at Virginia Tech.

"He's a five-star tackle and the best player in Minnesota,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting Tom Lemming. “He would be a guy who could replace Quenton Nelson or Mike McGlinchey. He's that good. A terrific athlete.

“I have him as one of the top three offensive linemen in the country for next year. I'm really impressed with him. Meeting him, talking to him and then watching him on film, he's one of those guys that could become a first-round draft choice in four years.”

Rivals ranks Carroll as the No. 5 offensive tackle in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him No. 18 at the position.

The 2019 class has been identified as a good one for top offensive line talent. Rivals ranks 19 offensive linemen among the top 100 recruits overall in the class including Carroll at No. 30.

“This is (Jeff) Quinn's year to shine,” Lemming said. “Harry had a great reputation, but Quinn's definitely capable of doing that. He's an outstanding coach, and now he has to show his recruiting acumen with offensive linemen and bringing in big names."

Below are junior highlights of Carroll via Hudl.


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The Notre Dame offensive line gets into position during the 20-19 loss to Georgia on Saturday, September 9, 2017. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)