One of the nation’s top OL recruits, Billy Schrauth, will leave his home state of Wisconsin to play for Notre Dame Fighting Irish in college. The Saint Mary’s Springs (WI) standout announced the top four spots for Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin on October 16 before announcing its commitment to Notre Dame today.
Wisconsin and Notre Dame were the two teams that eventually made it. The Irish seemed to be in the driver’s seat for a long time. Many have even speculated that Schrauth was a silent engagement with Notre Dame, but in recent days there has been talk of him changing his mind to stay home and play for the Badgers. South Bend is where his heart ultimately was.
What the Irish are getting:
Schrauth is an old school type of lineman. He is strong, bad and tries to impose his will on opposing defenders in every game. Schrauth is extremely athletic for his size and has also been recruited by many for his skills as a defensive lineman. He plays with great curvature, is explosive off the ball and excels at both shooting and blocking second-tier defenders in space. Schrauth already has a solid build, but he should continue to add mass and strength into a college weight training program. Notre Dame may not need him to play right away, but Schrauth has the skills and size to contribute from the moment he walks onto campus. Being the number 3 ranked OG in the nation, this is a big hit for the Irish and helps solidify their offensive line for years to come.
Why it’s great for Notre Dame:
This is great on several fronts. Schrauth’s commitment signals that Notre Dame continued its recruiting momentum after losing a head coach just weeks before signing day. Even more impressive is that they were able to withdraw Schrauth from Wisconsin, a program known for blocking state prospects and sending an offensive lineman to the NFL. Scrauth is the No. 23 for Notre Dame in the class of 2022 and with less than a week before the day of signing gives them the recruiting class No. 5 across the country. Schrauth also becomes the fourth four-star offensive line engagement in this class, which puts Notre Dame in a great position to dominate the trenches for years to come.