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2017 Notre Dame Football Big Board: DT

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A couple of very big additions to the big board lately, including arguably the top uncommitted DT. Yahtzee!

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Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.

Defensive Tackle
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.968 Jay Tufele UT 6-3/284 Cold
.951 Greg Rogers NV 6-4/298 Warm
.939 Darnell Ewell VA 6-3/298 Cool
.912 Martin Andrus CA 6-2/295 Cool
.900 Donovan Jeter PA 6-4/260 Cool
.895 Breyon Gaddy VA 6-4/321 Cold
.883 Noah Elliss CO 6-4/330 Mild
.882 Dalyn Wade-Perry NJ 6-4/310 Mild
.865 Kivon Bennett FL 6-3/265 Cool

Entering the Field

The big news is that top 100 prospect Greg Rogers finally picked up a Notre Dame offer. While he's hardly a lock, he is extremely interested in Notre Dame and Keith Gilmore, which is why he's entering the board in "Warm" status. There's no way to know for sure right now what the delay is, but most speculation centers on transcripts as he transferred recently.

If you think Noah Elliss's name sounds familiar, you're half right - his father Luther Elliss was a Pro Bowl defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, where he played with none other than Todd Lyght. Hmm. Luther is a Utah alum, but the Utes don't seem to be serious players here. The main competition is Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, and UCLA, which seems to be a bit sparklier than his star rating.

Kivon Bennett was the third kid in one day at St. Thomas Aquinas - former Irish lineman Sam Young's alma mater - to receive a Notre Dame offer, joining teammates 2017 WDE Lashawn Paulino-Bell and 2018 CB Asante Samuel Jr. He's also another NFL legacy, as the son of longtime Buffalo Bills star and Alabama alum Cornelius Bennett. Kivon seems to be legitimately interested in the Irish, as well as Alabama and the other usual suspects for a talented Southern kid, so we'll see what happens. Worth noting that another teammate, 2017 LB Drew White, is already committed to Notre Dame.

In Play

Jay Tufele recently named Ohio State his leader, despite the Buckeyes already having commitments from Haskell Garrett and Jerron Cage. I mean, come on already.

Darnell Ewell has Notre Dame in his top five, and has said he plans to take a visit. Brian VanGorder has been involved personally in this recruitment, which has caught Ewell's attention. By the way, you know who else is in Ewell's top five, perhaps even his leader? Ohio State.

My reaction:


Martin Andrus just picked up an invite to The Opening. As we've noted here before, he has expressed interest in Notre Dame but has yet to set up a visit. He's also one of several California recruits in this cycle who have, quite puzzlingly, shown serious interest in Nebraska. Sure, Mike Riley was in the Pac 12 for years, but he didn't exactly recruit great out there. Kind of odd.

Donovan Jeter picked up an Alabama offer a couple of weeks ago. He's the kid whose basketball-playing older brother transferred to Pitt via junior college after then-Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings petulantly blocked his direct transfer to Pitt and refused to explain why. So of course Pitt hired Stallings to be their new basketball coach. Brilliant.

Breyon Gaddy and his twin brother 2017 TE Brandon both just picked up offers from Florida. There are some indications that the Irish staff has cooled on Gaddy, but that's fairly heavy speculation right now.

Dalyn Wade-Perry just visited Stanford, which is easily the toughest competition for him. How realistic Notre Dame's chances are here could hinge on whether he's ultimately admitted to Sanford.

Off the Board

Marlon Tuipulotu committed to Washington.