Whenever there is a coaching change, there is almost always some sort of recruiting fall out and it looks like Michigan’s loss in the wake of Rich Rodriguez’s dismissal could be Notre Dame’s gain with Michigan OT commit Jake Fisher looking at Notre Dame.
According to the Detroit News, Fisher has been in contact with Notre Dame.
“He will certainly look somewhere else,” West coach Tim Wooer said of Fisher. “We’ve been in contact with Oregon and Notre Dame. We’ve talked with both coaching staffs (Tuesday). You can throw Michigan State in there as well. He’s looking to staying close to home.
“It’s unfortunate. No one enjoyed that bowl game. Jake still loves U-M. He won’t de-commit immediately. Whoever comes in, we have to see if they want Jake Fisher as much as Rodriguez and offensive line coach Greg Frey had. Both had a strong interest in Jake Fisher.”
If Michigan hires a coach that brings with him a pro-style offense, such as Brady Hoke, Notre Dame could be in great position here since Fisher had committed to Michigan previously to play in a spread offense.
Fisher, like last year’s late offensive line addition Tate Nichols, has played tight end in high school and has the frame to grow into a tackle on the college level. Over-sized tight ends tend make very good tackles in spread offenses because of their athleticism
Here is some video of Fisher from his junior year.
This one still has a long way to go, but with a big need for another offensive lineman in this class, it’s great to see Notre Dame leaving no stone unturned. Notre Dame is recruiting Florida commitment Chase Hounshell in wake of their recent coaching change as well.
With Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh likely headed to the NFL, at least according to most reports as of Wednesday night, the last month of recruiting could get really interesting for Notre Dame.