Coach Brian Kelly received his 14th verbal commitment for the 2013 class today from DE Isaac Rochell (Mcdonough, GA - Eagle's Landing). Rochelle is listed at 6'5" and 260 lbs.
Rochell chose the Irish over Florida, Florida State and Clemson. He also held offers from most of the SEC and ACC schools.
Recruiting Service Rankings:
ESPN - 4 star (#14 GA, #12 DE), 83 Grade (#140 Overall)
Rivals - 4 star (#8 SDE), 5.9 Grade (#88 Overall)
Scout - 4 star (#12 DE) #112 Overall
247Sports - 4 star (#12 GA, #7 SDE), 94 Grade (#106 Overall)
Highlights after the jump.
ISAAC ROCHELL - #78 - ELCA FOOTBALL (via jlgess)
Given his size and frame, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him getting reps at DE as a freshman. If he does play right away, it will likely be in a limited role at first and expand as the season goes on as his understanding of the system increases. He reminds a lot of people of Stephon Tuitt, given his position, size and home state. I think it is a fair comparison, but Tuitt was probably a bit more ready as a freshman.
Rochelle does a lot of things well at the prep level-he gets off blocks well, wraps up the opposing ball carrier and shows some great power moves against opposing blockers. He also plays both ways in high school, which will aid his development on the defensive line at the next level. There are a few things I think he will need to work on to unlock all of his potential in college-he tends to play/tackle a bit high and refine his technique a bit on pass rushing.
Overall, he is an excellent DE prospect and should have a bright future in Bob Diaco's scheme.
Welcome to Notre Dame Isaac!