Clarkston, Mich., four-star offensive guard Rocco Spindler committed to Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon over finalists LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.
— Rocco Spindler (@RoccoSpindler92) August 8, 2020
The Buckeyes had their fair share of interest in the 6-5, 315-pound Spindler — who is considered the third-best offensive guard and No. 48 prospect overall in the class of 2021 — but the staff plans to add just one more interior lineman this cycle to pair with Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal five-star Donovan Jackson, and Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass four-star Jager Burton has long been their top remaining target to fill that need.
Ohio State also holds a commitment from Richfield (Ohio) Revere four-star offensive tackle Ben Christman, and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa hopes to round out that position with a pledge from Fairfax (Va.) Robinson Secondary five-star Tristan Leigh, as well.
While Spindler’s decision has little to no impact on the Buckeyes moving forward, it marks yet another significant blow to the Wolverine’s in-state recruiting efforts, as seven of Michigan’s top 11 prospects have opted to go elsewhere — including Clarkston’s teammate, four-star offensive tackle Garrett Dellinger, who committed to LSU in June.
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