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Chase Hounshell joins Irish recruiting class

Jan 17, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

Chase Hounshell

Another day, another commitment to the Irish’s 2011 Irish recruiting class. This time, Notre Dame reels in another big body, two-way prospect Chase Hounshell, who will add even more depth to the defensive end position.

Hounshell hasn’t been on the Irish’s recruiting radar for that long and was set to early enroll at Florida until Urban Meyer suddenly stepped down from the post. But Meyer’s retirement opened the door to other schools and defensive line coach Mike Elston and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco’s visit to Hounshell’s Ohio house this afternoon sealed the deal, with the commitment coming just a day after new Florida coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Frank Verducci paid Hounshell a visit.

Even with Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, Brad Carrico and Tony Springmann all slated to enter as prototype 3-4 defensive ends, the Irish coaching staff was willing to pull the trigger on Hounshell at defensive end, something that Florida might not have been willing to do, with Muschamp’s visit with Verducci and tight ends coach Brian White possibly signaling their preference for Hounshell along the offensive line. While most recruitniks following the Irish thought Hounshell was destined for the offensive line, he was Ohio’s D-II Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Ohio, and the state’s Old Spice Player of the Year, lending plenty of evidence that he could be a difference maker at a position awfully thin behind starters Kapron Lewis-Moore and Ethan Johnson.

With the Irish missing on running back Amir Carlisle, there seems to be only two more players that the Irish are truly in on, with defensive end Troy Niklas and running back Savon Huggins still considering the Irish. With 23 recruits currently in the class, the bus is pretty much as capacity, though I think Notre Dame would take a shot at Huggins, especially with the lack of depth at running back on the roster after Armando Allen and Robert Hughes graduate.

Hounshell may only be a three-star recruit, but the offers from Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin are enough to show you that he’s got some serious potential. He’s passed up on enrolling early and will join the rest of the freshman class in South Bend this summer.

  1. brendanunderscoreg - Jan 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    saw one of his previous tweets regarding clay burton leaving. he called us notre lame at the time. glad to see he saw the light.

    • tlndma - Jan 18, 2011 at 5:53 AM

      Clay who??? Never heard of him, is he a football player??? ; )

  2. brendanunderscoreg - Jan 17, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    got to see him play too. he’s freakish on defense.

    • tlndma - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      Ya, I kid. A lot of the sting has been taken out of that one.
      I wonder what Tuitt told his buddy Aaron Lynch about his decommiting? “sorry about telling you how much we should play together” ??…You never know in this recruiting game.

  3. tedlinko - Jan 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Dang. Just saw on that Tuitt has de-committed and is headed to Ga Tech. has it also. That’s a disappointment, but I kinda saw this coming with that “well I’m still committed to ND but I’m going to go take a visit anyway.” Yeah right.

  4. joeblk10 - Jan 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Its official…. lost Tuitt to Georgia Tech. Saw that one coming….

  5. ndfootballfan4life - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    thats alright, still got williams and lynch…now go get huggins!!

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