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Notre Dame on a recruiting roll in football
And the recruits keep rolling in for the Notre Dame football team --particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
On June 2, Jaylon Smith, a five-star linebacker from Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne, committed to play for the Irish next year. Smith is pegged to replace the departing Manti Te'o. He is the highest ranked linebacker the Irish have snared since Te'o enrolled in 2009.
On Thursday, Isaac Rochell, a four-star defensive end from New York, pulled the trigger for Notre Dame.
The Irish have started strong this year after fading late last season. Rivals.com has them ranked in the country with 14 verbal commitments already.
Notre Dame Adds Jaylon Smith, Isaac Rochell
Notre Dame’s defensive recruiting heated up in a big way this week with the Irish adding a pair of stud defensive recruits in 5-star Jaylon Smith and 4-star Isaach Rochell.
Jaylon Smith, a 6’3″, 220 lb linebacker prospect, is one of the nation’s top prospects regardless of position and is the type of truly elite athlete that Notre Dame has had trouble landing until recent years. Rivals ranks Smith as the 4th overall recruit in the country and the #1 outside linebacker – ie the type of recruit that Notre Dame has to consistently land in order to get back among the nation’s elite programs.
Virtually every elite program offered Smith a scholarship. I’d list them out here but the list might take up too much room.
In terms of where Smith fits in at Notre Dame, it’s a little unclear just because he is so talented and athletically gifted that he could potentially play three of the four linebacker positions for the Irish one he arrives on campus.
Given his talent and potential, it’s safe to say that Smith could immediately challenge for playing time when he arrives on campus next year but his biggest immediate impact could be on the recruiting trail. Landing an elite recruit such as Smith – especially on the defensive side of the ball – could pay huge dividends for Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff. Elite recruits like to play with other elite recruits and by all accounts Smith is already hard at work on getting some fellow standout defensive recruits to join him and the other 13 commitments in a Notre Dame class that is suddenly shaping up to be something special.
One of those fellow recruits, Isaac Rochell, just joined Smith in committing to Notre Dame this week as well. Like Smith, Rochell’s commitment was huge for the Irish because of what it could mean in terms of putting together the entire class of 2013. Notre Dame was able to go down into the heart of SEC country in Georgia and secure the commitment of Rochell despite the 4-star defensive end collecting offers from virtually every SEC program.
Rivals ranks Rochell as the #8 strong side defensive end and #88 overall prospect giving Notre Dame three recruits in Rivals’ top 100 – Smith and offensive lineman John Montelus being the other two.
The commitments of Smith and Rochell have given Notre Dame some life on the defensive side of the ball. Prior to their pledges, the Irish had just three defensive commitments – cornerbacks Rashad Kinlaw and Devin Butler and defensive end/tight end Jacob Matusaka.
Their commitments also push this class up to 14 total recruits with plenty of work left to be done even though the ship is filling up pretty quickly now. Notre Dame has done a fantastic job addressing needs with those 14 commitments as well and if they can back up the success they are having off the field with on field results this year, this class could end up being very, very good.
Brian Kelly on Hot Seat???
June 9, 2012 3:35 pm
To onward and jclancer fair enough. While I follow politics closely I assure you I don't come to this board to discuss it. Every once in a while someone will push my button and I sound off. Its over and done and a moot point. Just for the record,even though I do agree with most of Maher's views I agree he is somewhat sanctimonious when it comes to his view on religiion. Even though I tend to agree with him on how he views it I assure you I treat people and their beliefs with much greater respect and in all honestly I pretty much don't care what you believe in as long as your not some devil worshipper. Whether your Christian, Jewish, Muslim , Agnostic or an Atheist I honestly don't care, to each his own. It's not for me to say. One of my closest friends who passed this past year was a Republican and we got along just fine.
In all honesty I am excited about this year and especially the following year for Notre Dame football. I am just sick that Aaron Lynch decided to leave and also equally bummed out about losing Tee Shepard , Deonte Greenberry and Ronald Darby. No doubt my expectations have been lowered with the loss of Lynch, I think he was our best talent and will be a real difference maker for USF. I honestly felt if we could have kept Lynch and even a couple of these other kids this year could have been a break out year too even with a pretty challenging schedule. I still think we can have a pretty good season but sort of aim to next year as the year it all comes together.
I didn't mean to seem mean spirited but I do have some pretty strong convictions and like I stated I don't initiate the political discussions but am not afraid to participate in them either, but trust me I would rather not get into them here. I would like to think we all have something in common, the love of Notre Dame football with the exception of a few of our Big Ten friends. For that matter I usually enjoy their two cents too.
I know there's no real point to the "what if" game, but let's play for a second....2013 and 2014....if Lynch had stayed...Lynch, Tuitt, Nix, Schwenke, Sheldon Day, Jarron Jones, Tony Springman, Chase Hounshel and Isaac Rochell along the line....Ishaq, Shembo, Councell, Grace and Jaylon Smith at the backer spots, with Bennett Jackson, Collinsworth, Lo Wood, Elijah Shumate, Ronald Darby and Tee Shephard in the backfield.....That is a crap ton of talent the Irish have had committed to them and have kept a very good portion , so far....would have been nice to have kept it all.
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