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Notre Dame QB commit Steve Angeli on meeting with Rees, talk with Freeman

News broke on Wednesday night that Marcus Freeman would be Notre Dame’s next head coach and that Tommy Rees and John McNulty would remain in South Bend as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, respectively.

This was huge news to Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic quarterback and Notre Dame commit Steve Angeli. One of the many reasons that he initially committed to the Fighting Irish on March 4 of this year was his relationship with Rees, and McNulty was Rutgers’ offensive coordinator when the Scarlet Knights offered him a scholarship back on June 22, 2019. Angeli thinks the world of both.

And on Friday, Dec. 3, McNulty and Rees made their way to New Jersey for a visit with Angeli. With it being the contact period, there is no “bump rule “in place. Angeli was able to spend a few hours with his future coaches.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish football quarterback commit Steve Angeli
From left to right: Stefanie Angeli, John McNulty, Tommy Rees, Steve Angeli and Janos Angeli

They hung out that morning at Bergen Catholic and chatted with Crusaders’ head coach Vito Campanile. Afterwards, the Angeli family met up with the Notre Dame coaches for lunch at a local diner for a couple of hours.

“We had a really good time overall,” Angeli said. “I’m so comfortable with them already.”

“Recruiting” conversations didn’t happen. Angeli is 100% locked in with the Fighting Irish. He didn’t need to be assured of anything. The meeting with McNulty and Rees was all about good conversations about life and family.

“It was just good talks and they’re excited to get me back on campus next weekend and see Coach Freeman,” Angeli added.

The NCAA implemented a new rule in recent years that allows for recruits to take a second official visit to a school that has a head coaching change. Even though Notre Dame promoted from within, the Fighting Irish can still take advantage of that rule. Angeli and nearly all of the Irish’s 2022 class will be in South Bend next weekend.

Angeli spoke with Freeman over the phone on Thursday night.

“He was saying how much he’s looking forward to coaching me and how excited he is for me to be leading this class,” recalled Angeli. “He can’t wait to work with me, help make the group better and push the program forward.

“Right away, you can tell he’s a real honest and truthful guy. You can tell how much he cares about the university and especially his players and this class. He’s very personable and a true player’s head coach.”

The 6-2, 210-pounder couldn’t be more excited about the future of the Fighting Irish football program.

“It’s a new era,” Angeli said. “We have two young coaches at the helm and a new page in Notre Dame football. They’re elite two football minds and have worked really well together. We’re embarking on something special.”

Angeli has been a leader for Notre Dame’s 2022 class and has been doing his part in helping keep his fellow commitments strong.

“Everyone is hyped up,” noted Angeli. “All of the commotion this past week has brought us together. There’s been a lot of open dialogue in our group chat. Everyone has been sharing their opinions, and we’re all more comfortable with each other. This class can’t wait to come in and start working together. We know how special of a group it is.”

When the news of Brian Kelly leaving Notre Dame broke, there were reports that Tommy Rees was at the top of his list to bring with him to Baton Rouge. It would be understandable if Angeli was concerned. But he wasn’t. Angeli was as cool as a cucumber.

“I saw how the players reacted and the culture that they have,” Angeli explained. “Our class remained calm together. I knew that no matter who was the coach, the culture with the players would stay the same. This is a special group of guys that I’m coming in with, and there’s a special group on the team too.”

Rivals ranks Angeli as the nation’s No. 18 pro style quarterback and No. 6 player from the state of New Jersey for the 2022 class.



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