Irish Eyes' Take: Anthony Rabasa

What a weekend Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football program have had with the rush of verbal pledges in the Class of 2011. While Anthony Rabasa may only be a 3-star prospect on today, his future is very bright and Irish football fans will see a player that Kelly and the defensive staff will build around.

When looking at Anthony Rabasa the first name that came to my mind was Connor Barwin, a player Brian Kelly moved to defensive end after three seasons as a tight end and eventually became a 2nd Round NFL Draft pick. While not as tall as Barwin, I see a lot of the same skills as he shows great intensity and has above average pass rushing skills with an assortment of moves.

In the new Notre Dame defense Rabasa can lineup on the edge with his hand down or jump inside when they bring a linebacker to the edge. You could also see Rabasa take a step back into a standup linebacker spot.

What To Like

Intensity and effort are keys in the new defense at Notre Dame. Anthony Rabasa already shows the ability and willingness to bring it on every play. While some will look at his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame and question his size, I can't as I know what Paul Longo and the Irish strength staff will do with a player like Anthony. After a year with Longo don't be surprised to see a 240-250-pound monster ready to wreck havoc.

What May Concern You

Right now I can't say Anthony shows great explosion off the line. He does a great job of coming off the line, but shows more of a knack to breakdown to make a tackle. This is coachable and will be quickly fixed on the field and in the weight room.

Bottom Line

This is a great get for Brian Kelly and the Irish staff. Pulling a Florida kid out of the state that held offers from the "Big 3" is no easy task. But it's what Anthony Rabasa will do on the field that has to make you very excited if you're a Notre Dame fan. This kid will have a chance to help Notre Dame have a strong future in the coming years. Top Stories