Notre Dame is gearing up for the final home game of the season this weekend. This is also the last big recruiting weekend of the season. The Irish staff is expected to host several talented recruits on campus from the 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026 and even 2027 recruit classes. Talented players headed to South Bend include 2025 Pickerington (Ohio) Central Offensive Tackle Parker Harden looking forward to his return trip to the game.
So far, the 6-5, 295-pound offensive lineman has been extremely commendable to Notre Dame staff and his interactions with them. He looks forward to expanding those relationships this weekend.
“The early discussions with Notre Dame were amazing,” Harden said. “They seem really interested in my development as a player and as a person and I look forward to meeting more coaches and having a great game.”
While his second season has already wrapped up, it’s been a stellar campaign for Harden, who has made a huge step forward this season. He’s been pushing himself off the field since the end of the season, challenging himself and the improvements he’s hoping for.
“My season was great, but I wish we’d gone a little further in the playoffs,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to improve and getting back to work.”
Harden also tackled the recruitment process head-on. He feels blessed to be in the position he is and has had the opportunity to form great relationships with several notable programs.
“Recruitment was great,” said Harden. “Cincinnati has offered me, and West Virginia and Notre Dame are interested in getting me back on campus, and I’m happy with all the schools that have let me out so far. I hope some junior day and off-season visits will continue to help focus my recruitment.”
He also has the blueprint for what he needs from his future school. There are clear criteria for what makes a program perfect.
“I’m looking for a school with great academics because I want to have a great career after football,” he said. “I also need a great support group when it comes to life in general. Great coaches, great academic advisors and great teammates are all important things I look for in a school.”
This weekend is a great opportunity to make waves on campus with several talented recruits. Harden is the perfect example of a player Notre Dame wants to impress.
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Large plaque of the Notre Dame 2023 class
Notre Dame 2023 Commit Board – Offensive
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