Academics, Quality Led to Deeb's Decision

The off-the-field reputation of Notre Dame is what led American Heritage School (Plantation, Fla.) linebacker Michael Deeb to commit to the Irish on Friday.

American Heritage School (Plantation, Fla.) coach Jeff Dellenbach said for those excited about Michael Deeb's commitment to Notre Dame, just wait because he is going to get markedly better.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Deeb only played one year of middle linebacker after making the transition from defensive end, and his accelerated growth was something to behold.

"What really impressed me was every week he just got better and better and better with the reads and the little stuff," Dallenback said. "He's always been very much the gym rat and in the weight room and a leader and all that kind of stuff, but every week he was reading pre-snap, then playing downhill, then playing lower. It was a great progression to see him last year."

After transferring from Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) after his sophomore season, Deeb went to the AHS staff to talk about moving to linebacker. The moved paid huge dividends and Deeb finished his junior season with 90 tackles and two interceptions.

"I think the big thing about Michael Deeb is he does everything well," Hallenback said. "He's kind of a throwback. He brings a toughness to the game. Michael likes to hit, he's a big, physical kid and he's going to give everything he has."

Hallenback added that Deeb's recent visit to Notre Dame was overwhelming and put the Irish so far in front all his star linebacker thought about was the school.

"I think the big thing with Michael is he's very much about academics," Hallenback said. "He's about quality and I think when he went up there last week he saw what it was, and what it was about, and came back and thought about it and said, ‘That's where I want to be.' So he made the decision this morning."


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