rivals.com

Signing Day Victory: DL Tagovailoa-Amosa chooses ND over USC, others

2 Comments

Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

Rivals.com three-star and 247sports.com four-star defensive lineman Myron Tagovailo-Amosa (Kapolei, Hawaii) has added to the Irish defensive line depth by choosing Notre Dame today in a mid-Signing Day development. Tagovailoa-Amosa’s recruitment only picked up in the closing weeks—he had three visits in the final week alone—and he joins a class of three defensive linemen already.

Tagovailoa-Amosa (how long until it is appropriate to simply refer to him as MTA?) is the 19th recruit to join Notre Dame’s class of 2017, including five early enrollees.

Irish coach Brian Kelly and his staff await two more consensus three-star decisions this afternoon: Defensive lineman Kofi Wardlow (St. John’s College H.S.; Washington, D.C.), currently a Maryland-commit, and defensive back Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Bethel; Hampton, Va.), deciding between Notre Dame and Michigan State.

****

MYRON TAGOVAILOA-AMOSA
Kapolei; Hawaii

Measurements: 6’4”, 270 lbs.

Accolades: 247sports.com four-star recruit; No. 4 player in Hawaii, per rivals.com, and 39th at the position

Other Notable Offers: USC, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Navy, Vanderbilt

Projected Position: Defensive tackle

Quick Take: Tagovailoa-Amosa continues a line of Hawaiian recruits landing in South Bend, following Manti Te’o and Kona Schwenke, both of whom excelled at Notre Dame. Do not be misled by his late recruitment and commitment: Some of that was due to various playoffs and all-star games specific to Hawaii. He was, after all, long expected to head to USC.

An excellent athlete, Tagovailoa-Amosa will be asked to fill the middle of the defensive line, but he could likely hold his own on the edge if needed in certain situations.

Letter is in: S Jordan Genmark Heath

rivals.com

Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

JORDAN GENMARK HEATH
Cathedral Catholic; San Diego

Measurements: 6’2”, 205 lbs.

Accolades: Rivals.com three-star recruit; No. 73 player in California per rivals.com; 67th at position

Other Notable Offers: Cal, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Washington State

Projected Position: Safety

Quick Take: The biggest shortcoming of this recruiting class is in the secondary. With defensive back Russ Yeast announcing today he would stay true to his Louisville commitment, Genmark Heath is the only defensive back in the class. (There is yet a chance with safety Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, but he is not due to announce his decision until this afternoon.) Even Genmark Heath only flipped to Notre Dame toward the end of the cycle, de-committing from Cal in the process.

Fortunately, his frame packs a wallop upon contact, and all reviews from his high school coaches involve praise of his understanding of the game as a whole. Both of those, obviously, are vital to strong safety play. So he may be the only defensive back in the class, he should fill the role nicely.

Nonetheless, another defensive back would have been preferred. For that matter, perhaps there is still one out there in Owusu-Koramoah.

Letters are in: LBs David Adams and Drew White

rivals.com
1 Comment

Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

DAVID ADAMS
Central Catholic; Pittsburgh

Measurements: 6’2”, 225 lbs.

Accolades: Rivals.com three-star recruit; No. 8 player in Pennsylvania per rivals.com; 18th at position; Under Armour All-American

Other Notable Offers: Baylor, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State

Projected Position: Inside linebacker

Quick Take: Adams brings excellent size to Notre Dame, a big reason he was as sought after as he was in this recruiting cycle. Yet, he never really wavered from his Irish commitment, along with teammate defensive lineman Kurt Hinish. With good vision, Adams should be able to shoot the gaps readily-present with the intended three-down front of new defensive coordinator Mike Elko.


DREW WHITE
Saint Thomas Aquinas; Boca Rotan, Fla.

Measurements: 6’1”, 225 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus three-star recruit

Other Notable Offers: LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Projected Position: Inside linebacker

Quick Take: Every review of White seems to begin with the cliché football term, “tackler.” At some point, if enough people call you a horse, you should buy a saddle. White finds his way to the ball, makes the tackles and stays involved constantly.

Letter is in: K Jonathan Doerer

und.com
1 Comment

Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

JONATHAN DOERER
South Mecklenburg; Charlotte, N.C.

Measurements: 6’3”, 188 lbs.

Accolades: Scout.com three-star recruit; No. 6 kicker in nation per scout.com

Other Considered Offers: Maryland-commit until this past weekend

Projected Position: Kicker

Quick Take: A late addition to this class, Doerer might find the field in 2017 amid injury speculation around incumbent kicker Justin Yoon. There was a time any special teams recruit brought much skepticism from the masses. That time has passed, and Doerer should not rekindle it.

During today’s und.com programming, Irish coach Brian Kelly said he expects Doerer to take over the kickoff duties, if not more, due to his strong leg’s consistent ability to send the ball out of the end zone.

Letter is in: QB Avery Davis

rivals.com
2 Comments

Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

AVERY DAVIS
Cedar Hill; Cedar Hill, Texas

Measurements: 5’11”, 192 lbs.

Accolades: Rivals.com three-star recruit; No. 8o player in Texas per rivals.com; 39th at position; Under Armour All-American

Other Notable Offers: Baylor, Texas Tech, Virginia

Projected Position: Dual-threat quarterback

Quick Take: In theory, Davis could easily pick up where presumed-2017 starter Brandon Wimbush leaves off. Davis has both a strong arm and agile feet, allowing him to improvise seemingly at will. If Irish coach Brian Kelly and new offensive coordinator Chip Long do indeed speed up the pace of the offense as Kelly insisted was the plan this week, Davis may be an ideal fit to press the gas pedal in the future.