Mar 23, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT
The first Junior Day of the 2014 recruiting cycle netted its first new pledge, as New Jersey defensive end Andrew Trumbetti gave his commitment to head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco today. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had offers from Florida, Clemson, Miami, Penn State, Stanford and several others.
As Brian Kelly noted on Signing Day, the Irish coaching staff was on the lookout for more power players that can play up front on the defense and a quick look at Trumbetti’s highlight tape shows you a disruptive force that plays both inside and out on the defensive front. (Trumbetti also looks to double as a tight end, a statement about his athleticism.)
Trumbetti made the announcement on his Facebook page, and confirmed with several media outlets. ESPN.com’s Jared Shanker caught up with the Trumbetti’s high school coach, who gave some feedback on the decision.
“It felt like he was really listing other schools and he had gone down to Florida and loved it,” Demarest coach Tony Mottola told ESPN. “But I felt his heart has always been at Notre Dame. When he was there this weekend and he sat down with Coach Kelly and Coach Diaco and met the guys, it was going to be tough for him to get out of there this weekend without some type of decision.”
With the Irish likely looking at a smaller recruiting class in this cycle, perhaps as low as the high teens, accepting the commitment of Trumbetti probably says more about the player than anything a recruiting analyst could suggest. With still more than ten months to go before Signing Day, this staff is likely being very particular in the net that they cast out and even more particular in the pledges they accept.
Trumbetti is another New Jersey recruit, the second in the class from the tri-state area, joining Jay Hayes from Brooklyn. He’s reportedly a life long Notre Dame fan that couldn’t say no to the opportunity to play for the Irish, and be a part of a defensive front that’s among the best in the country.
Notre Dame now has five commitments for the 2014 class. Trumbetti joins wide receiver Justin Brent, offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne, defensive tackle Jay Hayes and linebacker Greer Martini.
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