Micah Dew-Treadway made the most of his visit last summer when Notre Dame offered the three-star defensive lineman from Bolingbrook, Ill.
That trip came during the University’s fire sale of adidas gear that turned the ice arena into a mall. Dew-Treadway loaded up on shirts, tank tops and hats before heading home to Chicagoland. He’d become an Irish commitment soon after and was a well-appointed one at that, even in dated issue gear.
Dew-Treadway beat most of his classmates into Under Armour gear too, enrolling this winter alongside Jerry Tillery, Tristen Hoge and Te’Von Coney. Getting on the field as a freshman may be a challenge for Dew-Treadway this season, but the defensive tackle showed at least something during his first semester on campus.
Irish Illustrated’s A-to-Z look at Notre Dame’s roster continues with the early enrollee defensive tackle.
This might sound counterintuitive, but Dew-Treadway not playing this season would be ideal for both program and player. With a wealth of unproven talent in the sophomore class, some coming off a red-shirt season and some with micro experience, there are better options than burning a year on Dew-Treadway.
Dew-Treadway got meaningful reps during spring practice, rotating into the second-team defense with Sheldon Day limited and Jay Hayes running with the starters. That means barring injury, Dew-Treadway will be a third-team at best this season. That’s how freshman defensive linemen not named Tuitt or Lynch are supposed to slot. And that means a red-shirt.
Dew-Treadway is the next Jay Hayes. That means Notre Dame red-shirts the early enrollee, only to rip it off in a meaningless November for barely a full game’s worth of reps. The option to keep Dew-Treadway around for a fifth season should be the goal. And with numbers enhanced at defensive tackle, Dew-Treadway should be safe from action.
The three-star prospect isn’t as athletic as Hayes coming out of high school and doesn’t have the unique skill set of Jerry Tillery. With the depth chart now healthy, incoming defensive tackles can get back to doing what they do best: scout team.
Notre Dame’s early enrollees at defensive tackle are limited, but the best comparison may be Sean Cwynar, who came early in the Class of 2008 and ultimately red-shirted before turning down a fifth-year to move into the working world. Cwynar was also a Chicagoland prospect, although his recruiting profile was higher as a four-star and U.S. Army All-American. Cwynar walked a deliberate road to playing time. If he’d returned for a fifth year – to back up Louis Nix – he would have been part of the BCS National Championship Game squad.
Impossible to say before Dew-Treadway’s first training camp, although considering he projects to the scout team as a freshman, his three-star rating makes sense in the ridiculously early stage of his career.
To be determined.
“What really attracted us early on was his pass rush ability for his size. Even though (Dew-Treadway) projects as somebody that may play inside, he has the ability to pass rush even from an inside position and that's a unique quality for a guy 6-5, 280 pounds. And we really liked his feet and his ability to play upfield. So an athletic, big body player on the inside for us.” – Brian Kelly on National Signing Day