Notre Dame gets the letter: Consensus four-star defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio

Gabriel Rubio
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Gabriel Rubio
Lutheran of St. Charles High School; St. Peters, Mo.
Measurements: 6’5, 280 lbs.
Accolades: The consensus four-star recruit is the No. 9 defensive tackle in the class, per rivals.com, the No. 2 prospect in Missouri and the No. 106 overall player in the country.

Other Notable Offers: Rubio committed to Notre Dame in June of 2019, which presumably kept some schools from even offering him at all despite his NFL lineage. Nonetheless, he was chased not only by his homestate Missouri, but also by Georgia, LSU and Ohio State, among many others. He visited the Buckeyes less than two weeks before making his Irish pledge.

Projected Position: Rubio’s 6-foot-5 frame already carries notable weight. Combining that length with such size should make him an ideal three-technique tackle, following in the footsteps of Jerry Tillery, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Jayson Ademilola.

Quick Take: Notre Dame has prioritized defensive line rotation the last four years, so Rubio will have plenty of motivation to turn his early enrollment into strength and conditioning results.

Short-Term Roster Outlook: When healthy this season, Ademilola has served as much as a 1B as Tagovailoa-Amosa’s backup. Both have two years of eligibility remaining thanks to the universal coronavirus mulligan, but it would be a surprise to see Tagovailoa-Amosa around South Bend in 2022. But as a freshman, Rubio should focus on simply providing that rotation a few snaps off each game.

Long-View Depth Chart Impact: In 2022, Rubio will have competition in securing playing time. Current freshman Rylie Mills has greatly impressed with his increased role this last month while Ademilola recovered from a slight meniscus tear. If approached with the right attitude, though, Rubio can turn that to his advantage. As mentioned above, the Irish have leaned into defensive line depth in recent years. A defensive tackle pairing will serve both better than the singular load-carrying Tillery endured.

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Consensus four-star defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio
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