Isaac Rochell (Defensive End, 6'5" 257 pounds)A June pledge but late official visitor (January) to campus, Rochell spoke recently with Irisheyes.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn regarding his fit in South Bend.
"(The January enrollees) enjoy it and love it. They were all pretty confident they made the right decision, and I feel like socially they got in and meshed with all the people at Notre Dame, and the other football players. It was only the first week, but it was all positive feedback."
"It's just going up there and trying to get an idea what it is going to be like when I get there," Rochell said. "Now, it's to the point where the students are in school, and I got to talk to some of the midyear guys and learn what it is going to be like when I get up there. I'm not the type to de-commit, so I just want to get an idea of what it's like up there."
"It was mainly just the confidence I made the right decision and that I love Notre Dame," he said. "It's now the anticipation of going up there. All in all, it was just the piece and confidence I made the right decision."
Fellow incoming Defensive End prospects: Fellow four-star prospect Jacob Matuska
Berk on Rochell: Fills need along the defensive line as he's projected to be a defensive end for the Irish. Brings great athletic ability and a frame that can add more weight and strength. Technique work is a must as Rochell has yet to master hand-to-hand combat in the trenches.
Dohn on Rochell: Rochell could play offensive line or defensive line. It justso happens the Irish like him on defense, where he has a good get-off, has theability to get blockers off him and locate the ball carrier before making a tackle.Rochell needs to develop a bit more physically, but his size and athleticismstand out.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingRochell joins a temporarily deep position group in South Bend, with a legitimate two-deep at both defensive end spots and a 2012 pledge, Jarron Jones, plus 2011 true freshman contributor, Chase Hounshell, on hand to compete against him.
A redshirt-season is ideal for 90 percent of the world's defensive lineman and 99 percent of their offensive line counterparts, but as 2012 freshman Sheldon Day, and 2011 freshmen Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, and Hounshell proved, if a player is ready, and can help the Irish win, head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will find a spot for the player on the field.
It's all about August camp and September progress for this promising DE prospect.
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