Island Believer: Irish land Tagovailoa-Amosa

Brian Polian delivered for Notre Dame in Hawaii again. Scoring Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa isn’t the dramatic close of Manti Te’o, but getting this three-star late gives the Irish help in rebuilding the defensive line.

Hawaii just gave Notre Dame a key piece to its National Signing Day puzzle.

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, a three-star defensive tackle from Kapolei, Hawaii, chose the Irish today over Vanderbilt. Georgia Tech, Navy and USC were also involved late in the process. Air Force, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington offered as well.

Notre Dame made its move with Tagovailoa-Amosa late, offering a scholarship at the beginning of January. USC and Georgia Tech had already hosted official visits by then.

But a three-program swing on the mainland tipped the balance of his recruitment to South Bend.

Tagovailoa-Amosa visited Navy, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt before returning to Kapolei for National Signing Day. Over the final few days, the Irish won out.

Signing the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect represents a return to Hawaii for a program with past success recruiting the state. Former five-star linebacker Manti Te’o and defensive tackle Kona Schwenke both made their way to South Bend before moving on to the NFL.

Brian Polian served as Notre Dame’s primary recruiter for both Te’o and Tagovailoa’s Amosa.


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