With Chase Hounshell's verbal pledge to Notre Dame on Monday, the Irish pick up a pledge from a player wanted by Florida, and several other programs. Knowing his time was ending before making a pledge, Hounshell found what he heard by Irish coaches Bob Diaco and Mike Elston and wasted little time.
What To Like
The first thing when looking at Chase Hounshell is the ability for him to have a future on either side of the ball. While being recruited as a defensive end, the Mentor (Ohio) Lake Catholic product can also line up inside on the defensive side of the ball, or, move across the line and be an athletic offensive lineman during his Notre Dame career.
Watching Hounshell the first thing that stands out is his body length. Chase is the type of player Paul Longo has great success working with and I expect the same in this case. Very soon, Mom and Dad will not recognize their son after his first six months in the program and will be even extra shocked when he returns after his first full year in the program.
If Hounshell stays on the edge, look for him to get in the 265-275-pound range. If he moves inside or goes over to offense, he will go up to around 295-300-pounds before all is said and done.
What May Concern You
Some may question the reasons behind taking Hounshell after getting Aaron Lynch over the weekend. However, having watched Bob Diaco's defense during his time in Cincinnati, the need to be able to rotate several players means depth must be on hand.
Some will question the overall athletic ability of Hounshell being on the defensive side, while others feel he has all the tools. While this is a concern, the ability to crossover makes Hounshell a safe recruit in the end.
It will be interesting to see how Chase progresses during the first two years in the Notre Dame program. While he shows the ability to line up and compete at a high level on defense, his future could be offensive tackles. Either way, I fully expect Chase to provide depth in the Irish program and while some do not put much stock in the ability to do this, I have seen in Kelly's system this is of great importance.
Chase Hounshell is a player the Irish coaching staff wanted after giving a deep evaluation and over the years, I have always found these players to find success in the program.