Working On The Mental Side

Dave Posluszny added his name to Notre Dame's recruiting class in early April. Since that time, the future Notre Dame linebacker has been enjoying his downtime. That will all come to an end in the next couple weeks, as he gears up for his final season at Hopewell High School (Aliquippa, Pa.)

It seems that a lot of the recruits that commit early don't get as much attention as the prospects that wait until later in the recruiting process, but that is all right with David Posluszny (6-2, 200 pounds). He's just excited to see all the talent the Notre Dame coaches are bringing in, especially at defensive tackle.

"Every time I get on the internet it seems like we've gotten another recruit," Posluszny replied when asked his thoughts on his future teammates. "All these guys seem like studs and I'm just really excited to be a part of it. I really feel honored to be a part of this class.

"With all of these defensive linemen committing it makes me feel great. I can't wait to get on the field with all of them. In the ‘3-4' defense the nose tackle is so important, so it's awesome to see these guys committing."

Although Dave committed to the Irish early, he as excited today about his future at Notre Dame as the day he told coach Weis that he wanted to be a part of the Notre Dame tradition.

"I did have some coaches come through school during May," Dave explained. "But my head coach did a great job of letting all the teams know that I'm very flattered that they would come to see me, but I'm solidly committed to Notre Dame and nothing is going to change that.

"Everybody at school was real excited when coach Weis came to school. That was a really cool day. He's not allowed to talk to me, so it was real quick visit.

"A few weeks later coach Latina came by with coach Brown, which was pretty cool as well," Posluszny said. "I've had a chance to talk to coach Brown on the phone. He seems like an awesome guy and I can't wait to play for him."

Posluszny will need to wait another year before he works under Brown. For now, Dave is preparing for his senior season.

"At the end of May we had a one week camp," Posluszny said. "It was fun getting back with my teammates. It was real basic stuff. We went over plays. We worked on technique and learned a few things, but it was just fun being back with the team again, doing football things. We had that for a week in May and now we have June off and then July 2 we start working out with the team again.

"I haven't really talked to the Notre Dame coaches about my workouts. I'm pretty much doing the things that I'm used to and what my team does. My brother also has a big impact on what I do."

The preparation that Dave does today will carry over to his first days at Notre Dame. That will be in a year, but he already understands what will prepare him best for the next level.

"Almost everyone is going to be lifting and working on their speed," Posluszny said. "But I think the biggest thing that I'm going to be working on will be the mental aspect of things and the terminology of the new [Notre Dame] defense. I really think that's the biggest thing that I'm going to have to deal with.

"I think in order to be a great defensive player, you need to know how you fit into the scheme of the whole defense. You also need to know everyone else's responsibility, as well as your responsibility. I'm sure I'll tape all the [Notre Dame] games and watch all the game film before I learn the playbook."


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