Big skill junior has ‘awesome’ visit

Junior tight end/defensive end Drew Rosi jumped at the chance to visit Notre Dame. He liked what he saw.

Notre Dame’s victory over Georgia Tech left an impression on junior tight end/defensive end Drew Rosi.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder from Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio was impressed with the Irish on and off the field.

“It was an awesome experience,” Rosi said. “It’s a beautiful campus; great atmosphere there. I loved it. Their defense was amazing. They shut down Georgia Tech so they’re pretty stout.”

Rosi, who holds offers from Illinois and Toledo, received an invitation to the game from the Notre Dame coaching staff. He jumped at the chance to see the Irish in person.

“They sent me an e-mail inviting me to attend a game so I came up and saw the campus and watched the game,” he said. “It was great. It was a great win. They played well. It was fun to watch and I had a great time.”

Rosi’s brother, Nick, a 2018 two-way lineman, also attended.

Notre Dame’s coaching staff is split on where Rosi could play in college.

“One of the coaches I talked to said they like me at defensive end and another one liked me at tight end,” Rosi said. “I think right now it’s both but I’m open to anything.”

Rosi, the teammate of Brendon White, a junior safety that landed an offer from Notre Dame on Saturday, is also hearing from Michigan State and a handful of other college programs.

He attended MSU’s game against Oregon and plans to see Illinois and Toledo soon.

His father, Steve Rosi, earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1995 after breaking the University of Toledo’s record for receptions by a tight end with 41 catches for 505 yards and seven touchdowns.

Rosi and the Patriots are 3-1 after a loss on Friday. Rosi has eight catches for 105 yards.

“Our season is going well. We’re 3-1. We lost to a team we should have beat. We had a lot of penalties and some turnovers,” Rosi said. “I’m playing tight end mostly. I start at tight end and play defense when they need me, which is a lot. I’m not considered a starter there but I play when they need me in there. They don’t like people playing both ways.”

Notre Dame’s coaching staff is expected to visit Liberty High School later this season to see both Rosi and White in action.

“They just told me they’re going to stay in touch and one of the guys might come up and see me and Brendon in practice. That’s always a good sign,” Rosi said. “It’s a great school. I’m interested in them. It’s easily one of my top schools because it’s close and it’s a great program and football team.”


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