The first four members of the 2015 recruiting class begin their time at Notre Dame on Tuesday, with classes starting for early-enrollee freshmen Tevon Coney, Micah Dew-Treadway, Tristen Hoge and Jerry Tillery. All four freshmen will take part in winter workouts and spring practice, set to start in early March.
For Coney and Tillery, it’s the end of a recruitment that saw Notre Dame hold off hard fights with a major in-state power. Coney had offers and serious interest from both Florida and Miami, among the many programs chasing the Under-Armour All-American. Tillery was pursued by LSU and Les Miles until the end, but never wavered on Notre Dame. In years past, if there were recruits that ended up in a late-game flip, this duo would’ve been those players. So credit the Irish coaching staff for holding strong.
Hoge is a versatile offensive line prospect who is widely acknowledged to be the best center prospect in the country. A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Idaho, Hoge held his own at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio before coming to South Bend to begin his collegiate career.
Dew-Treadway is a big-bodied defensive line prospect who chose the Irish from the Chicagoland area. Listed at 6-foot-5, 275-pounds, Dew-Treadway will enter a crowded but young defensive line depth chart after playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American game in Los Angeles.
Tillery comes to Notre Dame as a defensive line prospect after being initially recruited to play offensive tackle, the position he worked at in the Army All-American game. He was measured at 6-foot-6, 308-pounds in San Antonio, a big-bodied athlete that earned first-team 5A All-State honors after 15 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He also participated in two triathlons over the summer.
Coney enters a linebacker depth chart that should be intriguing to follow. While Joe Schmidt won’t be healthy enough to fully participate, Coney will join young players Nyles Morgan and Greer Martini as potential impact players at inside linebacker, potentially allowing Jaylon Smith to have positional flexibility as well.
National Signing Day is the first Wednesday of February.