Four-star OL Quinn Carroll commits to Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The reinforcements are on the way for Notre Dame’s offensive line.

As coach Jeff Quinn worked to solidify the current Irish offensive line during spring football, he also had an eye on the future. The forecast became even brighter late Tuesday night when four-star offensive lineman Quinn Carroll announced his commitment to Notre Dame.

Carroll, who did not answer Tribune calls for an interview Wednesday, shared the news on KARE-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.

“It was a very difficult decision, and each school offered something unique for me,” Carroll said on KARE-TV. “But when it boiled down to it, I felt called because of these three things: the faith-based school, the unique academic experience, and the fact that I could go to Minnesota and follow in my dad’s footsteps and that would be awesome, or Virginia Tech like my brother, but I could create a new experience for myself, my friends, my family all to experience together.”

Carroll picked the Irish ahead of a top six that also included Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. His father, Jay, played tight end at Minnesota, and his brother, Collin was a long snapper at Virginia Tech.

Quinn, who replaced Harry Hiestand as Notre Dame’s offensive line coach in January, has already added three pledges on the offensive line in the 2019 class: Carroll, four-star recruit John Olmstead and three-star Andrew Kristofic.

That trio followed two Irish offensive linemen — Luke Jones and Jarrett Patterson — signing in February with Notre Dame’s 2018 class. Another pair of 2018 offensive linemen — John Dirksen and Cole Mabry — signed with the Irish in December before Hiestand left to join the Chicago Bears.

Carroll, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound junior at Edina (Minn.) High, may be the best offensive lineman in either class. Both Rivals and 247Sports peg him higher in their rankings than the other two Notre Dame commits in the 2019 class.

Rivals ranks Carroll as the No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him No. 16.

CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming is even higher on Carroll.

“I think he’s a five-star talent as an offensive tackle,” Lemming said. “He’s the best player in Minnesota. He’s the best player to come out of the state in the last few years. He has the ability to play tackle or guard. He’s very versatile, big, strong and sound technically.”

Carroll has been a frequent visitor at Notre Dame. He visited the Irish last April, in October for the USC game, in February with his girlfriend and returned for an official visit for the Blue-Gold Game this past weekend. Notre Dame offered Carroll last May.

“Quinn has a done a remarkable job in a short period of time,” Lemming said. “The job was started by Harry Hiestand, and normally when a coach leaves the kids almost always look the other way. Not this time. Quinn came in and did a really good job.”

Both Carroll and Olmstead could end up playing either tackle or guard for the Irish. Kristofic, the most athletic of the group, projects more as a pure tackle.

More help could be on the way. The Irish hosted Zeke Correll and Harry Miller earlier this year, and Saleem Wormley and Julius Buelow are both planning visits in June. All four are rated as four-star recruits by Rivals.

The addition of Carroll gives Notre Dame nine commitments in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks the group No. 9 nationally. 247Sports pegs the Irish at No. 11.

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Four-star offensive lineman Quinn Carroll, a 2018 recruit, announced his verbal commitment Tuesday night.