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Irish continue recruiting run with DT Elijah Taylor


Notre Dame accepted their third commitment in three days with Ohio defensive tackle Elijah Taylor. The Archbishop Moeller star chose the Irish over Ohio State, giving Brian Kelly one important recruiting victory in a cycle filled with many Irish-Buckeye battles.

Taylor is a 6-foot-3, 285-pounder who had offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee and others. He’s the closet thing to a two-gap nose guard that the Irish have recruited since Brian VanGorder took over the defense.

After wondering how important defensive tackles would be in the Irish defense after watching Brian Kelly and company be very selective with Louis Nix on the roster, Notre Dame has added a slew of interior players. In the past week, they added Brandon Tiassum and Micah Dew-Treadway. In the final month of last recruiting cycle, they added Daniel Cage and Pete Mokwuah. Any concerns that Notre Dame wouldn’t be hunting big bodies up front can officially be dismissed.

While there’s room for more versatility at the position now than in Bob Diaco’s scheme, it appears that Taylor is a run-stuffer that Bobby D would’ve loved as well.

Our friends at Irish Illustrated caught up with Archbishop Moeller head coach John Rodenberg, who told Steve Hare that Taylor is one of the strongest players he’s ever recruited.

“He’s very disciplined and he comes from a real good family,” Rodenberg said. “He’s college strong. We stop him on his deadlifts at 650 and he benches 405. He squats over 600. He’s college ready.”

Notre Dame recruited Taylor as a defensive tackle but he has some experience playing outside as well.

“We’re a college 4-3 (defensive alignment),” Rodenberg said. “He’s a 1-technique. He plays his position and does a great job. We mix him up between the 1 and the 3. (Notre Dame) is looking for a true defensive tackle. He’s a tackle. They had some guys that departed for the NFL and they had a need at defensive tackle and they went after him.”

While he’s got the heft to be able to play on the nose, Taylor himself said that the staff sees him as they do new defensive tackle Sheldon Day. Talking to Irish Sports Daily, Taylor mentioned that the staff sees him as a perfect three-technique.

Taylor’s commitment brings the Irish 2015 recruiting class to a dozen.



Notre Dame gets (another) commitment from CB Nick Coleman

Nick Coleman

Just a week before some of the top recruits in the country head to South Bend, Notre Dame has begun building momentum on the recruiting trail. Just a day after Micah Dew-Treadway committed to the Irish defense, Ohio cornerback Nick Coleman pledged his commitment to the Irish on Thursday.

Coleman adds another piece to an Irish recruiting class that’s rapidly taking shape. The Archibishop Alter product, the same school that produced quarterback Malik Zaire, decided to pull the trigger after collecting an offer from the Irish in May.

Coleman had offers from Michigan State, Pitt, Illinois, and Boston College, along with a slew of MAC offers. He’s a six-foot cornerback who starred as a running back last season at Alter.

Our friends at Irish Illustrated got the money quote from Coleman, who all but followed the ultimate playbook with his rationale.

“They obviously have the best of both worlds in terms of academics and athletics,” Coleman told Steve Hare at Irish Illustrated. “They play on a national stage every week too. I wanted to be a part of that.

“You know it when you know it and I knew it. They turned us loose and we could have left last night but I wanted to stay so we just went out to eat and celebrated. I told the coaches this morning and we took some pictures and then I left.”

Coleman’s an interesting prospect who lacks the quality offers we’ve seen from some recent Irish commitments. But he steered clear of the camp and combine scene this summer, likely playing a role in his modest 3-star ranking and limited set of offers.

“You’re talking about a big, good-looking, physical corner that’s going to come in physically ready to play,”247Sports.com director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong told the South Bend Tribune. “If he’d have camped this summer, he’d have really seen his stock soar.”

After watching Coleman’s tape, it’s hard to disagree. It’s also hard to see what the Irish didn’t like in him as a running back. But with a powerful running style and a nose for contact, Coleman might not rate as high as some other cornerbacks on the board, but expect him to turn into a quality player.

Coleman’s commitment is the 11th in this class, joining Nicco Fertitta, Prentice McKinney in the secondary.








Irish add commitment from DL Micah Dew-Treadway


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.