Schwapp Excited About Irish Commitment

Fullback Asaph Schwapp became the third known Irish commitment in the class of 2005 on Monday. The 6-0, 240-pound Schwapp never saw it coming, but he's sure happy it did. Who is Asaph Schwapp? Irish Eyes found out.

Asaph Schwapp has had a wild ride in the short time he's been recruited. "I didn't have any offers before I started to go to camps," Schwapp said. "I had some schools recruiting me but I didn't have any offers.

"Maryland, Penn State, Wisconsin, U. Conn and Boston College were some of the schools recruiting me," Schwapp said.

Schwapp's first offer came in June after he attended the Maryland camp. "It was kind of a package deal," Schwapp said of the Maryland offer. "They said if I didn't commit, I wouldn't have a scholarship. I didn't have any offers at the time so I thought I better commit. I live with my Aunt and Uncle and I didn't really get the chance to talk it over with them. I probably should've waited."

After the Maryland camp, Schwapp said he thought recruiting was over. "I went to the Notre Dame camp because I had already paid for it before I went to the Maryland camp," Schwapp said. "My coach felt it would be a good idea to go--a good learning experience. I never thought they would offer."

The Irish did hint at an offer after camp, but Schwapp had to do some thinking first. "Coach Simmons told me that if I wanted an offer, I had to talk it over with my family and tell the Maryland coaches," he said. "I had to make the call. They weren't very happy. I felt bad about it but I guess it comes with the territory."

Schwapp said he did sit down with his Aunt and Uncle this time and came to the conclusion that Notre Dame was the best fit for him. "We talked about it for a while," Schapp said. "I just felt really comfortable there. The coaches treat you with respect and it's a good education. It just felt right to me."

The last order of business was to tell his new coach--Tyrone Willingham. "I called him on Monday and told him," said Schwapp. "He was really happy. We talked for a while and then he talked to my Uncle for a while. We're all really excited about it."

Schwapp is known as a big load when carrying the ball and loves to explode into his man when blocking. The big man fills a big need at fullback for the Irish with his commitment.


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