IrishEyes.com continues its signing day coverage with a profile of the class's top-ranked defensive line prospect.
Sheldon Day (Nose Guard/Defensive Line – 6'2" 278 pounds):
Scout.com's sixth-ranked defensive tackle prospect is already on campus and is one of the few recently highly-touted defensive line recruits to the program who could enjoy the luxury of a developmental season before being thrust into scrimmage action…Will battle with 2011 defensive line recruit Tony Springmann
(among others) for backup duty throughout the spring…Loss of potential 5th-year senior Sean Cwynar
as a backup nose guard put a dent in Notre Dame
's developed depth at the position and thus moved Day one step closer to live bullets on Saturdays next fall...Despite great strides made by his position group during the Brian Kelly era, only three proven interior competitors return (Louis Nix
, Stephon Tuitt
, and Chase Hounshell
) and Day could thus see time in even (4-3) fronts as the 2012 season progresses.
Kelly Recruiting Profile: Power
*Veterans returning on the interior defensive line: Redshirt-junior Tyler Stockton; Junior Kona Schwenke; redshirt-sophomore Louis Nix; sophomores Stephon Tuitt and Chase Hounshell; redshirt-freshman Tony Springmann. Expected 5th-year senior returnee Kapron Lewis-Moore and sophomore-to-be Aaron Lynch can also play inside when the Irish show an even front. (*denotes eligibility entering 2012).
Fellow incoming interior defensive line prospects: DL/OL Jarron Jones
Berk on Day: High motor player who has a compact body that is explosive from the second he lifts his hand off the ground. Capable of playing on the edge but feel his best will be seen as an inside player as he can beat offensive linemen with a quick first step.
Dohn on Day: He is perfect for the middle of Notre Dame's 3-4 defense. Day is a fireplug type of defender who is 6-foot-2, 280 pounds and is strong and thick. He can stop up the middle of the line of scrimmage, and is aided by the fact he enrolled last month.
Day's Pledge to the Irish
IE Breakdown: Sheldon Day
Day's high school coach on the Irish commitment
Mid-season highlights: Sheldon Day
All on Day (A collection of video is available at the bottom of the page.)