CLARKSTON, Mich. – The title song Notre Dame played from the speakers at the football stadium outside Clarkston High School on Saturday, when Rocco Spindler and family – his sisters, his mother and father – were both wearing blue hats troops to celebrate.
The state’s top attacker made his choice. Spindler and his father would later say that it was a “split end hair”, but one that took root almost a year ago.
With the media circling him, a 315-pound, 6-foot-4 lead told reporters about his promise he made for his grandfather. A Scranton native, Pa., Elder Spindler often tells young Rocco about the benefits of going to Notre Dame Cathedral. About the school’s Irish heritage, its reputation and the history of the football program.
“He only had three days left (to live), and I told him so he could pass away peacefully before he died,” Spindler said. “I just said, ‘Hey, grandfather, I’m going to Notre Dame.’ He was very happy ”.
Of course, the decision is not dry. Spindler has his homework to do, a process to go through – and many schools, some of the most elite soccer programs in the country, behind him.
But once the list is cut to five in May – Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and LSU – that becomes more apparent to Spindler, a consensus four-star prospect, who ranks in the top 100 countries among the football recruits in the Year 2021 class.
“Some people might say, ‘Why didn’t you commit earlier?’ Admits Spindler. “It was a very difficult decision.”
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Spindler praised Notre Dame’s business school, its reputation for developing attackers into NFL players, and historic victories on the pitch. He believes the Irish are on the verge of a breakthrough and could win the national title in the next few years.
“I couldn’t be more proud that part of his decision-making has fulfilled his grandfather’s dream,” said his father, Marc Spindler. Spindler turned down Notre Dame in high school to study in Pittsburgh, then went on to play for the Detroit Lions.
“But that’s not the only reason why. He actually came across this line item by line item. It just comes back as the best opportunity for growth ”.
Spindler said he had fulfilled his decision and informed Notre Dame “a few weeks ago”, asking the coaching staff to keep quiet. He wanted his decision to be a real surprise – and that was for some who arrived at Clarkston High School’s soccer stadium on Saturday wearing a ‘Michigan’ shirt.
Wolverines are running to Spindler land, who has praised the work head coach Jim Harbaugh, attack road coach Ed Warinner and chief hiring manager Matt Dudek did in recruiting him.
“It was very difficult,” said Spindler. “It is painful. Everything they say and I say is sincere. It was a very close decision. When I say separating hair, it’s not that easy. That is why it has taken so long until this point.
Spindler said he was impressed with Michigan’s approach. They invested time and energy. They never say bad things about other schools.
“They really put their heart and soul into this, and it sure hurts today,” his father said. “But I will say this: They handled the call as well as I could have expected, with respect and appreciation, and I hope they sincerely know it.
Then Marc Spindler continued: “I don’t touch people; I don’t piss off everyone’s backs and tell them it’s raining. I told them exactly how it was. I’m a Jim Harbaugh fan. Not necessarily a Michigan man, but I was a Jim Harbaugh fan before he went to Michigan. Then I became a Michigan fan. And I will remain a Michigan fan. It’s just not when they play Notre Dame, that’s all. “
Inside, the younger Spindler said, his heart was always on Notre Dame. And the recruitment process only confirms that; The visits and games as well as the success went hand in hand with what his grandfather told him when he was growing up.
Spindler said there was also an appeal to leave the state to chart a new path, something his teammate at Clarkston, four-star attacking player Garrett Dellinger, did when committing to the LSU in June. . And he has many of the same schools behind him, including Michigan.
Michigan and the rest of the schools have appreciated it, ”says Spindler. “I believe Michigan is one of the best recruiting schools out there, starting with Matt Dudek, Coach Harbaugh, Warinner – they really couldn’t do any better. That’s just what I want, myself and my family.
“I said I really want to go to Notre Dame and I will fulfill that promise. Now I did. ”
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