Incoming Irish: Isaac Rochell

Defensive end Isaac Rochell of McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy talks about his off-season preparation for Notre Dame and where he'll fit in Notre Dame's lineup.

Defensive end Isaac Rochell of McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy knows where he'll be playing when he arrives at Notre Dame and who he'll be learning from and competing against.

"I'll be playing left defensive end most likely behind Stephon Tuitt," Rochell said. "Tuitt is a great player and I know he'll teach me a lot and push me. I'm going to bring it in camp and we'll go from there."

Rochell says he's been doing Notre Dame's off-season workouts in preparation for camp in August.

"I do the packet three times a week," Rochell said. "The hardest part is the conditioning. I do that Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then I do stuff on my own the other days."

"I'm 6-foot-5, 270-pounds right now, and I'm pleased with that weight," Rochell said. "If I gain some more good weight before I enroll that's fine, but I'm good with where I am. The coaches are too."

Rochell confirmed his grades are in good shape, and he's eager to start a new chapter in South Bend.

"I'm so excited," Rochell said. "I'm anxious, too. Going to college is a big step, but I'm ready for more independence."

Rochell didn't hesitate to say what game he's most looking forward to next season.

"Michigan," Rochell said. "Even from being in the South, it's Michigan."

Rochell was ranked as a four-star prospect and as the No. 17 defensive end in the final Scout.com rankings for the 2013 class.

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