The pressing Notre Dame concern might be on how to conjure up a quarterback competition this spring, but the longer view worries who will force early-enrolled freshman Tyler Buchner into a future competition.
Rivals.com four-star quarterback Steve Angeli (Bergen Catholic High School; Oradell, N.J.) provided that answer with a Thursday night Irish commitment.
Long expected to be Notre Dame’s quarterback in the class of 2022, now at eight Irish pledges with only so much space yet available, Angeli actually sped up his recruiting timeline due to the extended dead period banning official visits until at least the end of May.
“When the dead period got pushed back again, I hunkered down and wanted to get this done with,” Angeli said to Blue & Gold Illustrated. “I’ve been deciding on Notre Dame for about a month, talking to my family and coaches.”
All the same, Angeli did manage a self-guided visit to campus in December, helping him choose the Irish over offers from all the Power Five conferences, including 10 from the Big Ten (led by his first offer, Ohio State), six from the ACC and even three from the Pac 12 on the far coast, most notably from Oregon.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees also played a key part in Angeli’s decision, if not the primary part.
“During my first conversation with coach Rees, I was blown away with how much we connected and how right it felt,” Angeli said. “When I got the offer from them, I got the feeling that I haven’t gotten with any other school or coach.”
The No. 13 pro-style passer in the class of 2022, per rivals.com, Angeli has notable size at 6-foot-2, if not 6-foot-3. He has a penchant for accuracy, though also a bad habit of not always setting his feet before letting go, instead relying on his natural strength to complete his heaves against overmatched defensive backs. That will not work out as well at the next level.