Notre Dame on Wednesday received a commitment from 4-star offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, further solidifying its stature as one of nation's elite college football programs.
It only took one phone call from the Irish staff to convince one of the top-ranked offensive lineman in the 2014 class to commit.
Line play is a major focus for this staff after last year’s title run ended at the hands of Alabama. It was apparent that the Irish were outplayed in the trenches in that game, and this commitment is a step in the right direction to try to change that.
After the commitment was made public, Nelson’s mother told reporters (h/t ESPN) that her son is "really thrilled. We're so happy that he committed to a great school like Notre Dame. He's wearing his Notre Dame hat and shirt right now."
This was a tough decision for the top lineman, as he had offers from Alabama, Miami, Georgia Tech and others. In the end, though, Notre Dame was where he wanted to be.
Nelson had this to say about his pledge:
Coach Hiestand is a really great coach, and I liked his coaching style a lot. I stayed the night with Steve Elmer, really nice kid, and all the offensive linemen are nice and cool. I like the campus—it's small and beautiful. And the academics there, it's the No. 1 business school, which is what I want to major in.
Nelson is a monster offensive line prospect who measures in at 6’5”, 295 pounds.
With a lengthy wingspan and explosive first punch, Nelson will have a shot at grabbing playing time early for the Irish. This was a huge grab for the Irish as they continue their path toward a national championship.