August 22, 2001
Landri a Huge Catch for Davie and ND
By Max Emfinger
Blue Chip Recruiting
The verbal commitment of Derek Landri (6-3, 288, 4.8) of Concord De La Salle, California is a huge one for Notre Dame caoch Bob Davie and his Notre Dame staff because Landri is arguably the No. 1 two-way player in the country.
"Derek Landri is the best two-way lineman that I have ever seen in high school football," says De La Salle Head Coach Bob Ladouceur. "He is just an amazing player who never comes off of the field."
Landri said he made the decision early because there really was no doubt in his mind.
"I thought that I would take all of my visits, but then I knew that Notre Dame was the place for me," Landri said. "I didn't want to wait and waste everybody's time and getting the decision out of the way before the season starts is a big bonus for me."
Landri is an incredible talent who many feel could be the best linemen that De La Salle has ever produced. It is ironic that the player that currently holds that honor is former Notre Dame offensive lineman Aaron Taylor.
Landri is a three-year starter on the offensive line. He is also a great, dominating nose tackle that logged 86 tackles and 17 quarterback sacks as a junior.
Before his junior year, Landri dominated the blocking drills at the Stanford NIKE Camp and was selected as the top lineman at that camp.
"I lined-up on offense last year at the NIKE Camp, but this year I wanted to line-up on the defensive side of the football," said Landri. "I learned some new things and I wanted to try them out on defense."
Then, again on defense this year, he dominated and once again he was selected as the top lineman at the camp.
This year, Landri was sensational as he ran an incredible 4.8 in the 40, an equally incredible 4.19 in the shuttle, jumped 29 inches in the vertical jump, and did 29 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.
"Basically, both the offensive and defensive coaches at Notre Dame want me to play on their side of the football," Landri said.
Landri may be the very best lineman that the Irish have signed in a few years, but it will be interesting to see on which side of the football that he ends-up playing. As great as he seems to be on the offensive side of the football, he could be a rare find for the Irish on the defensive front, whether at a nose tackle or at a quick tackle.
Then again, Landri could team with Texas center Bob Morton and fellow California quick tackle James Bonelli to form the nucleus of potentially one of the best offensive lines ever in South Bend.
Landri is all finesse and technique, using his quickness, strength, and mind to level his opponent. Nobody can get by him on offense and nobody can contain him on defense.
As a college coach, determining which side of the line that Derek will play will be an intriguing dilemma to have, as he loves giving it all on both sides of the ball.
At De La Dalle, Landri has obviously been schooled very well in every phase of the game, on both sides of the ball by Coach Ladoceur and he is a winner.
The Spartans have also won 113 straight games and they will break their national record after every win. Derek is fully qualified as he has already scored a 900 on his SAT.
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