Andrew Trumbetti will be a household name this fall.
Signees: 4-star DE Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest High School, Demarest, N.J.), 4-star DT Jay Hayes (Poly Prep, Brooklyn, N.Y.), 4-star DT Daniel Cage (Winton Woods High School, Cincinnati), 3-star DT Pete Mokwuah (St. Joseph by the Sea, Staten Island, N.Y.) and 3-star DE Grant Blankenship
While the defensive line was originally a major concern following Matt Dickerson's decommitment, the Irish quickly addressed the issue through persistence late in the recruiting cycle.
Mokwuah was pursued by the Irish early last month and broke a longstanding commitment to Rutgers to sign with Notre Dame. Sure, Mokwuah isn't the next Louis Nix, but he's a big body to fill in along the interior of the defensive line.
His sideline-to-sideline quickness is sub-par, but his specialty will be in short-yardage situations.
Cage was also a late addition, as he officially visited campus on Jan. 29, and didn't make his decision until national signing day, spurning Michigan State to sign with the Irish. He's a better prospect than Mokwuah and figures to have a better shot at cracking the two-deep along with Hayes.
However, the name to remember in this position group is Trumbetti, an early enrollee who played in the Under Armour All-American Bowl last month.
He figures to be a constant along the defensive line this season, and Kelly's positive comments about the New Jersey native supports that, via Justin Kenny of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.
The thing that really put him over the top for us is when we were watching his film and he was returning kickoffs in high school. Not many times do you see a defensive lineman returning kickoffs, so we knew about his athletic ability right away.