Schwenke Will Visit ND This Weekend

Notre Dame continues to add to their weekend visitors list, as IrishEyes has learned that defensive end Kona Schwenke from Kahuku High School (Hawaii) will make an official visit to South Bend. Schwenke will is currently committed to BYU, but has recently started to look at other options.

Notre Dame is looking once again to Hawaii for talent. Kona Schwenke (6-foo-4, 230-pounds) hadn't heard from Notre Dame until this week, but according to his head coach Reggie Torrez, Schwenke will be making an official visit to South Bend this weekend.

"They haven't offered yet," Torrez said. "They're tripping him and conversing with him to see where he's at, because they just got into the picture this week. We haven't spoken much, because they just got into the picture, so they're just trying to trip him and go from there. "

"As a junior year, he was one of the top defensive linemen around. He's and great athlete, he's got the height, and he's got great hands. He was already verbally committed to BYU."

Schwenke committed to BYU back in July, but recently began to open up his recruitment.

"Besides BYU, Arizona has tried to get him, Washington, Notre Dame now, and Oregon State was trying to get in the picture," Torrez explained. "He was supposed to take a visit to Washington this weekend, but he decided not to take that route and instead he's going to go to Notre Dame this weekend."

When Notre Dame recruits a player from Hawaii, the immediate concern is whether the prospect will be able to adjust to the distance from home and the weather in South Bend. According to Torrez, he doesn't think either will be an issue for Schwenke.

"We have other kids there like (Roby) Toma and (Manti) Te'o and Kona knows those guys, so he has friends over there," he said. "If he didn't go there, he'd likely go to BYU, and it's cold over there. Either way he's going to go somewhere with that climate.

"He and Jeremy Ioane work out together on the Hawaii select team, and he's going over there this weekend as well."


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