Four-star recruit Trey Wedig watching Notre Dame offensive line closely
MASSILLON, Ohio — Trey Wedig understands the accolades attained by Notre Dame offensive linemen in recent years. First-round draft picks and a Joe Moore Award have shown him the possibilities of excellence with the Irish.
But when it comes to future success, Wedig wants to wait and see how new offensive line coach Jeff Quinn matches the standard.
"I really like Notre Dame," said Wedig, a 2020 offensive line recruit. "The campus is beautiful. Because it's coach Quinn's first year there, I kind of want to see how he handles the O-line and what's going to happen in years to come."
Wedig met with Quinn during his visit for Notre Dame's Blue-Gold Game in April. That's when he received an Irish offer.
"He seemed like a great guy," Wedig said. "He knew his stuff, it looked like. It's just a matter of what it turns out to be."
Wedig, who was previously in South Bend for the Wake Forest game in November, had already collected offers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa State and Syracuse before Notre Dame. USC followed suit earlier this month.
Despite the early recognition, the 6-foot-6, 283-pound sophomore at Wales (Wisc.) Kettle Moraine doesn't want to become complacent. He spent Saturday in Massillon, Ohio, competing at The Opening Regional against some of the best defensive linemen in the Midwest. He took his lumps at times, but it was a positive experience.
"I feel like I did pretty well," Wedig said. "I learned a lot of stuff today, especially with the two O-line guys that were there. They were teaching us a lot."
Wedig said his biggest takeaways where how to use his hands: where to place them, when to extend them and how to hold them. With Wedig's size, proper technique should make him into an imposing force.
The state of Wisconsin has developed a reputation for producing top offensive linemen. Many of those linemen choose to stay in state and play for the Badgers. Of the 11 University of Wisconsin offensive linemen drafted since 2007, eight played high school football in the Badger State.
Finding defensive linemen to match up with those offensive linemen isn't so easy in high school. That's why Wedig, a four-star recruit ranked as the No. 23 offensive tackle in the 2020 class by 247Sports, enjoyed the competition at The Opening Regional.
"At our school our D-line isn't as versatile as these guys are," Wedig said. "We have some D-linemen who are pretty big, others who aren't well-rounded. It's good to go against different people with different strengths, different weaknesses."
Wedig will be diagnosing strengths and weaknesses in the recruiting process too. He sees a strength at Wisconsin with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph, in his third season in his current role. Rudolph, a former Badgers player and tight ends coach from 2008-11, has the advantage of familiarity.
Quinn's not there yet with Wedig. Even though the Irish have coaxed commitments out of three top 2019 offensive linemen, Wedig wants to be patient. There's plenty of time for him to sit back and watch.
"This is coach Quinn's first year," Wedig said, "so I'm not going to jump and hurry into this."