Notre Dame chasing another top lineman in New Jersey

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Later this month, former Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson will be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The Irish have returned to New Jersey in search of another top offensive lineman in the 2019 class. Their target: 6-foot-6, 290-pound John Olmstead.

The junior at Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph received a Notre Dame offer during a campus visit last June. He returned in November to watch the Irish beat Navy. His third trip to South Bend will start Monday. The Irish are scheduled to host the four-star recruit on a two-day visit.

"That's the big star out of New Jersey," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "He's a guy that (former offensive line coach) Harry Hiestand really wanted, and now (current offensive line coach) Jeff Quinn really wants him. He's one of Notre Dame's major targets. He's the best offensive lineman in the East."

Rivals ranks Olmstead as the No. 10 offensive tackle in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him No. 32 at the position.

Olmstead's trip to Notre Dame will follow a week of visits that included stops at LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Michigan. Those five schools were joined by Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin on Olmstead's top 10 list he released in March.


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Four-star offensive lineman John Olmstead, a 2019 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer on June 23, 2017. (Photo provided)