4-star DE picks the Irish

Notre Dame has landed their 14th commitment in the 2013 class and it comes from one of the top prospects out of the South.

"I have committed to Notre Dame and I actually committed to them Wednesday night," Isaac Rochell told Scout early Thursday morning. "I called Coach [Scott] Booker (Rochell's Recruiting Coach) and told him, then he got me on the phone with a couple other coaches (Bob Diaco and Mike Elston). Everyone was excited like me when we talked about my decision."

The one coach Rochell is still waiting to talk to is head coach Brian Kelly. The news likely cheered the coach up when he heard about Rochell's decision.

"I really am not sure if Coach Kelly even knows yet. He was having back surgery on Wednesday, so I was not able to talk with him, but I plan to as soon as I can. I am looking forward to playing for him."

The Irish beat out over three dozen schools for the 6-foot-5, 265 pound defensive end out of McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy.

It came down to Notre Dame and Florida State and the Irish won out for many different reasons.

"I just like Notre Dame and it is just the perfect fit for me," Rochell told Scout. "I visited them twice, this was not a hasty decision, and I just felt at home.

"I feel like the 2013 class can be very special with guys like Mike Heuerman, Jaylon Smith, and other top recruits already committed. I feel like Notre Dame has all their ducks in a row to get where they want to go.

"It is rare that you find a top school with the perfect combination of academics and football, but Notre Dame is one of those. I like the coaches, the players, their business school, and in the end, I just felt like Notre Dame was my home."

Rochell will be in Athens Thursday with his team for a camp, but he said he is "100 percent" done with recruiting and solid to the Irish.

He is currently ranked the no. 12 defensive end in the country and the no. 112 overall.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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