Notre Dame set to host four-star Hawaiian OL Julius Buelow

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Football recruiting visitors from Hawaii don’t make it to Notre Dame’s campus very often. Even less frequently does the trip occur as an unofficial visit.

On Wednesday, four-star offensive lineman Julius Buelow will fulfill both of those categories. The 6-foot-8, 320-pound product of Kapolei (Hawaii) High was scheduled to arrive in South Bend with his father Tuesday night, according to Buelow’s mother.

Last week, Buelow made visits to Utah and Washington. Following his visit to Notre Dame, he will fly back to Hawaii.

Getting Buelow on campus for an unofficial visit allows Notre Dame the opportunity to land a return trip with an official visit, in which the university can cover travel costs.

Notre Dame has continued to pursue Buelow following an offer in February. The Irish have already received three verbal commitments on the offensive line: four-star recruits Quinn Carroll and John Olmstead and three-star recruit Andrew Kristofic. Offensive line coach Jeff Quinn appears interested in adding at least one or two more linemen to the 2019 class.

Buelow would fit the high standard set by the Irish in offensive line recruiting.

“He has the length, the long arms,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “He’s very athletic. He’s a national name. He’s a guy that can develop into a first-round draft choice. He has that kind of talent.”

Rivals ranks Buelow as the No. 14 offensive tackle in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him No. 25 at the position.

With offers from Washington, Utah, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State, Buelow may be destined to play in the Pac-12. But the Irish have had some recruiting success in the past with recruiting coordinator Brian Polian’s relationships on the islands.

Irish defensive tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, a sophomore, attended the same school as Buelow. Wednesday’s visit will offer the first real chance to see if Buelow wants to follow the same path.

New OL offer

Notre Dame’s search for offensive line talent in the 2019 class reached New Mexico on Monday. Taylor Miterko, a 6-6, 270-pound junior at Carlsbad High, reported an offer from the Irish.

Notre Dame joined an offer list that also includes Washington, Oregon, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. 247Sports slates Miterko as a three-star recruit and the No. 75 offensive tackle in the 2019 class.

Offensive lineman Matthew Hegarty, a 2011 graduate of Aztec High, is the last recruit from New Mexico to sign with Notre Dame.

Visitors adds offer

DJ Graham’s weekend trip from Texas to Notre Dame resulted in an offer from the Irish. Graham, a 2020 wide receiver recruit, received the offer while on campus Saturday.

The 6-1, 175-pound Graham caught 27 passes for 556 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore at Keller (Texas) Central. He also recorded 33 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

Graham also has offers from the likes of LSU, Georgia, Missouri, Texas Tech and Baylor. 247Sports slates Graham as a four-star recruit and the No. 20 athlete in the 2020 class.

Four-star offensive lineman Julius Buelow, center, is scheduled to visit Notre Dame on Wednesday.