The Irish will get some additional help on the defensive line in the 2017 class, as Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa announced Wednesday morning his commitment to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The 6’ 4”, 270 lb defensive end out of Kapolei High School in Kapolei, Hawaii chose the Irish over offers from USC, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Washington, and others. Tagovailoa-Amosa is the 18th-ranked Strong-Side Defensive end in this year’s class according to 247, and both 247 and Scout agree on Tagovailoa-Amosa’s three-star rating.
With 51 tackles, 34 TFLs and 18 sacks his senior year, Tagovailoa-Amosa’s tape shows that he has good instincts and a nose for the ball. He’s aggressive and incredibly athletic for his size, quick on his feet and possesses a quick first step. With that size and athleticism, Tagovailoa-Amosa could move inside to the three technique if needed.
The Irish offered Tagovailoa-Amosa in early January, and it took only a few weeks to get him on campus. Tagovailoa-Amosa and his family liked what they saw, as now he’ll follow in the footsteps of Hawaii products such as Manti Te’o, Roby Toma and Kona Schwenke, who also came to South Bend to play for the Irish.
As a scholar-athlete, Tagovailoa-Amosa appears to be a great fit for the University of Notre Dame. He joins DE Jonathon MacCollister, as well as DTs Darnel Ewell and Kurt Hinish in strengthening the depth along Notre Dame’s defensive line in the 2017 class. Tagovailoa-Amosa will look up the depth chart at last year’s haul of defensive ends, most notably Daelin Hayes and Khalid Kareem, to find his role as a freshman and onward at Notre Dame.
The need to get pressure on the quarterback has been paramount for the Irish in the past couple of years, and the way Coach Kelly and his staff have looked to beef up the defensive line only reflects that. Tagovailoa-Amosa adds speed and size, and will have every opportunity to develop into a key contributor to a Notre Dame defense that looks poised to improve dramatically over the next two-to-three seasons.