Measurables: 6-5, 275
Accolades: Semper Fidelis All-American, First-team All-State per Champaign News-Gazette, Honorable mention Class 8A All-State per Chicago Tribune, consensus 3-star recruit
Impressive Offers: Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, UConn
Projected Position: Defensive line
Quick Take: The prototype developmental defensive lineman. Dew-Treadway was an early target for Notre Dame and an early commitment to the Irish. You can’t teach 6-5, 275, nor the nimble feet Dew-Treadway possesses.
There is room for improvement in the weight room, a nice bonus for an early enrollee. There was also a learning curve that was noticeable at the Semper Fidelis workouts, an a much-needed commitment to technique — and a lot of work with defensive line coach Mike Elston — certainly seems assured.
But if you’re looking for a body type you want to build around, this is it. A typical “power” recruit from the original Kelly recruiting mold.
What he means for the Irish: More bulk. We saw things get mighty thin on the interior of the defensive line last year after both Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones went down and Dew-Treadway is a necessary piece to the depth chart.
At this point, it’s tough to get a grasp on how quickly Dew-Treadway, or any defensive line prospect in this class, can get on the field. (Nobody would’ve thought that Daniel Cage, not even on the radar until last January, would’ve been one of the first freshmen to play.) So the additional semester will be a huge advantage for one of the early pieces to the 2015 puzzle.
Obligatory YouTube Highlight: Here are some highlights from Dew-Treadway’s senior film.