AVON, Ind. (WISH) — Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 350 pounds, Avon High School’s Blake Fisher hoists up his running back during a touchdown celebration like a paperweight.
“Obviously, there are a lot of things to work on with my game, and that’s why I’m excited for the next level,” Fisher said. “I know my ceiling is very high, and I’m going to be getting coached by the best of the best in college football.”
Did Fisher just mention he has a lot to work on?
Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame coaching staff are loving every word.
The Irish nabbed Indiana’s top high school recruit of the 2021 class. As of late August, Fisher was officially a solidified five-star recruit at left tackle, according to Rivals.com.
“This past weekend in the game on Friday, he (Fisher) set a record with our offensive line coach with seven pancakes in the same game,” Avon Head Football Coach Mark Bless said.
The irony of this story is Fisher’s blueprint upfront is working away just 25 minutes from Avon High School. On West 56th Street, a former Irish monster upfront is turning into the NFL’s most dominant guard.
You are correct, it is two-time pro-bowler Quenton Nelson, and Fisher is watching as much tape on Nelson as he can find.
“Absolutely, I like Quenton’s physicality, and I try and use that in my own game,” Fisher said. “One thing that you have to really you know do is strain and finish, and that’s what Quenton does.”
For now, if Fisher can emulate Nelson’s leadership traits — he is always the first to extend a hand to a running back after a play ends — Coach Bless will be thrilled.
“He (Fisher) has developed into a strong leader for us,” Bless said. “That’s something that’s not easy. Because most players, they have to fix their own mistakes and worry about themselves.”
“So, to become a leader, you have to give up a lot of yourself. We’re proud of him. He was voted as a team captain.”
No. 56 (Nelson) and No. 54 (Fisher) mean Notre Dame’s revolving door of star offensive lineman keeps spinning.