4-star strong-side defensive end Andrew Trumbetti committed to Notre Dame over the weekend, and he represents a huge pickup for the Fighting Irish.
Trumbetti is 6'5'', 250 pounds and he's from Demarest, New Jersey, so he's yet another player from the state to commit to Notre Dame—strengthening a very established pipeline. He goes to Demarest High School and is ranked as the No. 2 player from the state, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Jared Shanker of ESPN.com reports on the commitment:
The ESPN Watch List defensive end visited South Bend, Ind., this weekend, though, and it became clear there was no longer any need to look around. Notre Dame was always the right place for him, and he committed.
“It felt like he was really listing other schools and he had gone down to Florida and loved it,” Demarest coach Tony Mottola said, “but I felt his heart has always been at Notre Dame. When he was there this weekend and he sat down with Coach [Brian] Kelly and Coach [Bob] Diaco and met the guys, it was going to be tough for him to get out of there this weekend without some type of decision.”
For Brian Kelly and his staff, Trumbetti is the fifth commitment for the 2014 class, and he's a very talented one at that. He's ranked as the No. 10 strong-side defensive end in country, according to the 247Sports Composite.
He has good size as just a junior in high school, though he will have to put on some more weight if he wants to play defensive end in Notre Dame's 3-4 scheme. The good news is he still has his whole senior season to do so, and that's something that I'm sure the Fighting Irish's staff will focus on once he enters the program.
That said, even at 250, he already displays the strength that you're looking for in a 5-technique. He plays with a strong, solid base and good leverage. He's extremely explosive off the ball, and he's a fundamental tackler. Frankly, it's tough not to notice his strength while watching his highlights.
He'll be able to take on double teams and control both gaps at the college level because of the leverage that he plays with. He gets good extension with his hands and displays above-average fundamentals in regards to his ability to punch the blocker and disengage with a variety of moves.
Trumbetti should also be a good pass-rusher at the college level. He has great speed for his size and plays aggressive football. Because of his ability to disengage, he should be able to rush the passer at a high level, and he has the quickness and hustle to be effective in pursuit.
Should Vanderdoes play NT or DE?
Depending on where 2013 5-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes ends up on the line, Trumbetti could compete with 2013 defensive ends Isaac Rochell and Jacob Matuska for Stephon Tuitt's defensive end spot once he moves on.
Even if Vanderdoes does play defensive end though (which he has the ability to do), Trumbetti will end up being a very big-time backup and should be a huge part of the defensive end rotation.
Overall, Notre Dame fans have a lot to be excited about in regards to Trumbetti's future with the Fighting Irish. The next step will be keeping him committed to the Fighting Irish, and if Kelly and his staff can do that—they'll be getting a player with elite potential.