Irish at the top

Three-star defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway of Bolingbrook (Ill.) High has Notre Dame at the top of his list. Currently on an east coast tour, he explains when he plans to make a commitment and what the primary factors will be in his decision.

Last week Notre Dame extended an offer to three-star defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway of Boliingbrook (Ill.) High.

And, it didn't take long for Dew-Treadway to name the Irish as one of his leaders.

"I grew up liking Notre Dame," Dew-Treadway said. "Notre Dame academics - can't beat it. Notre Dame football - can't beat it. And, they have great coaches."

So, does Notre Dame lead for the Illinois native?

"I wouldn't say they're my leader, but they're in my top three," Dew-Treadway said. "I don't know who the other two schools are right now."

The 6-foot-4, 273-pound lineman is being recruited by Notre Dame as a versatile piece to the defensive line, but he sees himself ending up as a three-technique.

"They are recruiting me for end or tackle, but they said when they get me to the weight they want me up to, I will play tackle," Dew-Treadway said.

Dew-Treadway said there was an element of surprise to hearing about the Irish offer.

"I wasn't surprised because I work really hard, and I believe in myself," Dew-Treadway said. "But, at the same time, I didn't know that Notre Dame was interested in me at the time because I hadn't really spoken to them before."

Dew-Treadway will visit Notre Dame on June 11. Currently he's on an east coast swing, visiting Syracuse, Connecticut, Virginia and Maryland.

This spring, Dew-Treadway visited Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Notre Dame is likely to be Dew-Treadway's last visit before he makes a decision.

"I plan on deciding by the end of this month," Dew-Treadway said. "Playing time and academics will the two biggest factors."

Dew-Treadway is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 34 defensive end in the class of 2015.

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