The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were dead serious about getting a stronger footprint in western Pennsylvania, and in particular the catholic schools in Pittsburgh. The signing of 4-star linebacker David Adams from that Pittsburgh power, Central Catholic certainly helps in that aspect as well as with their current recruiting class.
Adams committed to Notre Dame way back in March over offers from all over the country including the Florida Gators, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, and of course the big schools in the state of Pennsylvania.
Adams has an incredibly high football I.Q. and uses that to play much faster on the field than any 40 time can measure. His 6’2” 225 pound frame could use a little help up front, but he is an excellent run-stopper that can play gap to gap.
When people talk about the “hard times” that Notre Dame has found itself in, they look to programs like the Stanford Cardinal as their basis of comparison. Imagine David Adams with an “S” on his helmet standing next to a stupid tree mascot, and we would have a nightmare for a few years. He has that toughness and grit that Irish fans have been craving, and he will lay it all out on the line each game. Last season, he played with an arm injury all year and acted like it was no big deal.
He enters a depth chart that has a lot of uncertainty to it right now. Notre Dame has a lot of really good linebackers, and the change to Mike Elko’s 4-2-5 hybrid defense will not only maximize its talent, but it will also limit reps for some.
It’s not inconceivable that Adams redshirts this year and continues to develop his body for the college game. However... he did play some fullback in high school, so maybe we could see him in a situational role on offense. Just a thought for all you fullbackers out there dreaming of a 2 gap dive followed by a 3 gap trap several plays later.