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Steve Angeli Signs Early, Joins Irish Quarterback Room

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Notre Dame entered Big 10 territory and got its quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class, as Steve Angeli signed early. Angeli hails from Oradell, New Jersey, and Big 10 schools recruited him early and often. Ohio State offered Angeli first, and the four-star product visited Penn State and Rutgers early in the process. Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa, and Northwestern later added their names to Angeli’s offer sheet. However, Notre Dame threw its hat in the ring in August of 2020. And seven months later, Angeli verbally committed. Another nine months later, and Angeli made good on that commitment, inking it in with the Irish.

Steve Angeli Could Enter Open Competition

Angeli is a six-foot-two-inch, 190-pound pro-style quarterback, ranked 21st at his position. He was one of five quarterbacks the Irish offered in this recruiting cycle. Angeli boasts above-average arm strength and physical measurables with a high-level football IQ. Similar to Irish sophomore Drew Pyne, Angeli is not a dual-threat, but he has the mobility to scramble when needed. Angeli also excels in staying with his receivers as he leaves the pocket, not committing to running the ball once he starts moving. And when he can stay in the pocket, Angeli delivers a fast and accurate ball that will play well at the college level. His footwork needs to improve, but Angeli looks like a potential starter for the blue and gold.

Angeli joins a quarterback room that includes Pyne and current true freshman Tyler Buchner. Buchner feels like the favorite to start, but Pyne also looked good in limited appearances this year. However, neither has stood out as the clear-cut answer under center. Angeli may come in and compete for snaps right away, but it’ll be tough to win the job outright. On pure measurables, Steve Angeli may become the best quarterback in South Bend. If he adjusts to the college speed, there’s reason to believe he’s a future starter for the Irish.

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