Matt Cashore / Irishillustrated.com

ND A to Z: Micah Dew-Treadway

Dew-Treadway has the size and athleticism to succeed. It’s still a matter of understanding the scheme, mastering the fundamentals and learning how to make plays.

Scout’s No. 34 defensive end prospect of 2015 and a first-team all-state selection by the Champaign News-Gazette arrived at Notre Dame rated as a three-star performer out of Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School. His 50-tackle, 12-tackle-for-loss, eight-sack senior season for the Raiders propelled him to a spot on the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl roster.

An early-entry freshman at Notre Dame, Dew-Treadway arrived as a projected defensive end but transitioned to defensive tackle, where the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder worked with classmates Jerry Tillery and Elijah Taylor this spring.

• BEST-CASE SCENARIO
It’s unlikely that Dew-Treadway is far enough along in his development to earn a starting spot at defensive tackle this fall. Any type of backup role in which he can log a handful of snaps as a red-shirt freshman would mark significant progress. He has the size and athleticism if not the established game.
 
• WORST-CASE SCENARIO
It would not be a surprise if Dew-Treadway needs another year (or more) of seasoning on the practice field before he’s ready to seriously compete for playing time at the three-technique. As the No. 3 defensive tackle coming out of the spring – with other options from other positions -- Dew-Treadway likely will remain on the Notre Dame prep defense.

• CAREER COMPARISON
Emeka Nwankwo was a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive guard-defensive end out of North Miami Beach, Fla. After preserving a year of eligibility, he emerged as a part-time defensive tackle as a sophomore in 2008 where he logged time in goal-line situations, including each of the last six games of the season. A goal-line/short-yardage role in ’16 would be a very successful season for Dew-Treadway.

• DEVELOPMENT VS. RECRUITING RANKING
A three-star prospect out of high school, Dew-Treadway was considered a project from the outset of his recruiting process with the Irish. The fact that he preserved a year of eligibility as a freshman was not a surprise, nor is his No. 3 spot on the depth chart at defensive tackle this spring. In order for Dew-Treadway to fully maximize his ability on the collegiate level, he’d almost undoubtedly need five years in the program.

• DEW-TREADWAY AT HIS BEST
To be determined.

• QUOTE OF NOTE
“What really attracted us early on was his pass rush ability for his size. He has the ability to pass rush even from an inside position, and that’s a unique quality for a guy his size. We really like his feet and his ability to play inside. He’s an athletic, big-body player on the inside for us.”
-- Brian Kelly on National Signing Day 2015


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