It’s been a busy week for linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. After picking up a pledge from outside linebacker prospect Danny Mattingly earlier in the week, South Florida inside linebacker Michael Deeb committed to Notre Dame today, making the announcement via Twitter.
“Thankful and blessed to make the decision to commit to THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME,” Deeb tweeted.
At 6-foot-2, 237-pounds, Deeb is every bit the prototype for the position, one of the best prospects in South Florida and a physical specimen that fills one of two spots at his position in the recruiting class. He had offers from Florida State, Penn State, Ole Miss, USF and Boise State among the nearly thirty offers he’s collected before accepting a scholarship that’s been on the table since mid-May.
Deeb captained his American Heritage team last year as a junior, his first season at the school after transferring from Archibishop McCarthy, where he also captained the squad as a sophomore. Noted as a vocal leader and a leader by example, Deeb’s physicality is one of his most impressive assets at this point in his career.
“In the fourth quarter, the guy who’s not tired is going to perform the best,” Deeb told GatorCountry.com. “From the beginning of the play to the end, my job is to hit the opponent as hard as I can. There are no friends once you go on the field. It’s a game. The game is physical. It’s not for the soft and weak-hearted, so I give it my best.”
Deeb visited South Bend last week with touted teammate Sony Michel, a junior running back that already has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. It didn’t take long after that for Deeb to see himself permanently in an Irish uniform.
“The visit was great,” Deeb told Rivals.com. “Just the fact that you walk in and the facilities and players’ apparel is incredible. All of the stuff at the school is great, but every Division I school is going to have that. What set them apart was meeting with the business school advisors, which is what I want to major in, as well as the academic advisors, I knew that was the place for me. Also, the faith aspect with visiting the church, and some of the mentors and priest. It is just a special place in that I think it offers a lot more than just football.”
As the 16th commitment of the Irish class of 2013, he leaves one spot left at inside linebacker, presumably for coveted prospect Alex Anzalone. He also adds another inside linebacker to the future depth chart, a position that’ll say goodbye to Manti Te’o this season, and has seniors Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese with fifth years of eligibility.
Deeb has said he’s closing his recruitment and plans to sign with the Irish in February. He had 90 tackles during his junior season as well as five interceptions.