Feb 3, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT
The Irish have officially received paper work from Kona Schwenke, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end prospect out of Kahuku, Hawaii. Schwenke was committed to BYU since July, until the Irish offered, and his visit last weekend reportedly sealed the deal.
Schwenke’s size and length obviously show a frame that projects nicely, but he’ll need to add some weight before coming to his full potential.
On the flip side of that, the Irish reportedly missed out on fellow Hawaiian Jeremy Ioane, who decided to sign with Boise State, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. Ioane and Schwenke signed their letters of intent at the same signing ceremony that Manti Te’o declared to Notre Dame last year. You’ve got to think it was a tough decision, as it was reported that Ioane really enjoyed his trip to South Bend.
I would’ve liked to see the Irish get both Schwenke and Ioane, but you’ve got to feel like any of those guys are bonus signatures, with Kelly only having a week or two to convince them to fly over 4,000 miles away from home for college.
That’s 23 commitments for the Irish.