An in-depth player breakdown of Notre Dame three-star defensive lineman commit Micah Dew-Treadway, including player analysis, quotables, recruitment recap and big picture implications for Irish recruiting
Location: Bolingbrook (Ill.) High
Rank: 3-star, No. 36 defensive end
"He really surprised me with how he moved and how light on his feet and coordinated he was for a bigger kid at the NIKE Camp. I think he's going to grow into an inside guy. He needs to play with better pad level and continue to grow. He's not a guy who will tie up blockers right now. He's more of a disruptor. He's a really good athlete though." - Scout.com national analyst, Allen Trieu
"I grew up liking Notre Dame
," Dew-Treadway said. "Notre Dame academics - can't beat it. Notre Dame football - can't beat it. And, they have great coaches."
We also met the defensive coordinator (Brian VanGorder)," Dew-Treadway said. "Oh, man, that guy. I love his fire. He knows so much about football. He is fun to be around."
"Coach Elston said they are going to let me loose," Dew-Treadway said. "He said that I could develop into a pass-rusher from the inside and really push the action outside of the pocket. There's no definite position for me yet on the line."
"One of the biggest things about Notre Dame for me was the spirituality," Dew-Treadway said. "And, not only that, but it was the overall right fit. I was searching for it during recruitment and hadn't found it. Notre Dame is it. I knew when we walked into the grotto that was when I wanted to commit."
Mississippi State, Indiana and Purdue were among the the first offers from Dew-Treadway, which he picked up after his junior season. Connecticut, Syracuse and New Mexico jumped on board in April.
By April of this spring, Dew-Treadway had upped his offer count to nine, and stated that Indiana, Mississippi State, Purdue, Syracuse and Wisconsin were the standouts in his recruitment.
Notre Dame came calling at the end of May with an offer, and immediately, Dew-Treadway named the Irish his leader. Treadway admitted the offer caught him off guard, saying, "I didn't know that Notre Dame was interested in me at the time because I hadn't really spoken to them before."
In early June, Dew-Treadway visited Connecticut, Maryland, Syracuse and Virginia, and he planned to commit somewhere by the end of the month.
Dew-Treadway followed up with those plans, committing to Notre Dame while on a visit to campus on June 11.
What This Means for Notre Dame
Notre Dame now has three interior defensive linemen on board - Elijah Taylor, Brandon Tiassum and Micah Dew-Treadway.
That leaves the Irish done recruiting tackles (baring an elite exception, including Canadian Neville Gallimore
. Elston's and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's attention will shift to defensive end.
As alluded to previously, Notre Dame could add one to two defensive ends in this class, depending on who it signs at outside linebacker.
Key defensive end prospects: Rasheem Green
, Keisean Lucier-South
, Jashon Cornell
, Austin Bryant
Notre Dame's Defensive Line Depth in 2014
5th year - DT Justin Utupo
Seniors - DT Tony Springmann (RS), DE Chase Hounshell (RS), DE Anthony Rabasa RS)
Juniors - DT Sheldon Day
, DE Romeo Okwara
, DT Jarron Jones
Sophomores - DE Isaac Rochell
, DE Jacob Matuska
Freshmen - DT Daniel Cage
, DT Pete Mokwuah
, DE Andrew Trumbetti
, DE DE Jhonathon Williams
, DT Jay Hayes