Analysis: Isaac Rochell

Notre Dame picked up a big commitment this week in Isaac Rocheell and Scout breaks him down right here.

  • Prospect: Isaac Rochell
  • Hometown: McDonough, Ga.
  • High School: Eagles Landing Christian Academy
  • Class: 2013
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Size: 6-5/265
  • Ranking on Scout: No. 12 DE/No. 112 Overall
  • Recruiting Notes: Committed to Notre Dame over Florida State this week. He also considered offers from Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee among others.

  • Analysis: It is hard to find a better combination when talking student-athletes than Rochell to start off. He is a very intelligent young man and he takes his intelligent off the field with him on the field. He is a smart player, he is very coachable, he picks things up quickly, and he is always eager to get better.

    As a defensive end, he has good size to start with. He is a solid 6-feet 4-inches tall, he continues to add good weight (now around 265 pounds), and he is getting stronger. He really controls the edge well, he is good in containing his area, and he is very strong in pursuit from the backside. He still needs to get stronger to play against the run and improve on his hands. He does a good job of getting separation, but when the ball comes right at him, he needs to work on disengaging, and making the play. As he continues to build up his strength, that should really help in this area. His pad level is not that bad, but he just needs to work on getting better leverage consistently.

    Overall, he is a very athletic big man. I have always felt he could be an even better offensive tackle than defensive end. He has those long arms, the mobility, and the smarts you look for in a tackle. We will see how Notre Dame chooses to use him, but don't be surprised if he ends up making a lot of money as a left tackle on the offensive side of the ball down the road. Either way, Scout expects him to be productive in South Bend.

    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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