Class impact: Breaking Sam Pendleton’s commitment to Notre Dame


Notre Dame made another 2023 commitment tonight with standout Pfafftown (NC) offensive lineman Ronald Reagan Sam Pendleton pledging to the Fighting Irish.

Let’s see how Pendleton’s landing impacts Notre Dame’s class and depth chart.


Landing Pendleton gives Notre Dame 10 commitments in the 2023 class. He is the fourth offensive player to commit to Notre Dame and the first offensive lineman to jump into the class.

Notre Dame landed back-to-back five-man classes in 2021 and 2022, so the Irish weren’t necessarily in a big “need” year along the offensive line. Right now, the staff seem to be focusing on four blockers, but they would be willing to go up to five if it’s the right five. Pendleton was clearly part of this group.

Beyond the numbers, Pendleton has two very important factors to consider when considering his impact in the class. On the one hand, it’s clear line coach Harry Hiestand wanted to add more and more physical/power players to the class. We’ll discuss those specific traits below, but it goes without saying that Pendleton fits that mold.

He played offensive tackle in high school but Notre Dame recruited him as an inside player.


The first thing that stands out about Pendleton in film is his power. He is a young man with extremely powerful hands. In fact, he packs as much punch as any lineman in the country.

Pendleton shows good lower body strength and he explodes off the ball. Pendleton does a great job driving his feet and hips through contact. This adds to his power and makes him a punishing blocker when it comes to readiness. Pendleton also projects well at the next level, especially as he irons out a few technical issues he has.

Pendleton is showing good foot quickness for a bigger, powerful player, but he’s more of a short-area player, which is why he plans to move inside. The Reagan standout is a fundamentally solid football player who does a good job of keeping his pads low and his hips on the line.

It remains to be seen where Pendleton ends up in terms of position. Right now, Pendleton is projected as a guard, but his combination of strong hands, fast hands and fast feet also projects very well in the middle.

Either way, Pendleton’s landing gives Notre Dame a talented and powerful inside blocker.

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Content of the Irish breakdown

Notre Dame List 2022
Schedule Notre-Dame 2022

Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Offense
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Defense

Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense


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