Jun 13, 2014, 1:10 AM EDT
Notre Dame has added another big body to the front line of Brian VanGorder’s defense. Illinois defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway committed to the Irish on Wednesday, giving the Irish a massive presence on the Irish front line.
Dew-Treadway chose Notre Dame over offers from Illinois, UConn, Maryland, Mississippi State and Wisconsin. He measures in at 6-foot-5, 273-pounds. After camping at the Irish 5-Star Challenge, Dew-Treadway visited South Bend on Wednesday. He committed to the Irish just a few hours later.
If you’re looking at developmental prospects, Dew-Treadway certainly fits the bill. Relatively new to football, Dew-Treadway transitioned from basketball player to defensive tackle, and looks as if he’s still got room to add 30-40 pounds.
With the Irish just landing Indianapolis’ Brandon Tiassum, Notre Dame has two tackles set for the front of a 4-3. They might not be done either, with Cincinatti DT Elijah Taylor a heavy Irish lean as well.
It’s hard to look at Dew-Treadway and not think of Jarron Jones. Another big-bodied former basketball player, it has taken a little bit longer for the light to go on for Jones, but Dew-Treadway looks to have a motor that Jones is still trying to better develop. Both are gifted with tremendous size and athleticism, but need to develop the football IQ. It’s interesting to note that Dew-Treadway has offers from both Notre Dame’s current defensive staff and Bob Diaco’s staff at UConn as well.
With the Irish Invasion camp coming shortly and summer visits by some elite prospects happening all month, the Irish recruiting class should take shape by the Fourth of July.
Dew-Treadway is the 10th commitment in the Irish recruiting class.