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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: Aidan Keanaaina, DT

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If this freshman keeps the focus on conditioning, then he could make a true impact.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2020 season.

Aidan Keanaaina, DT

This incoming freshman heads to South Bend from Brighton, Colorado. Keanaaina makes the 247sports.com ranks as the no. 38 defensive tackle in the nation and the no. 4 player from Colorado. He claimed 77 tackles in his 2019 season and went on to represent the J.K. Mullen High School Mustangs in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl.

Aidan chose the Irish over programs like the Ohio State Buckeyes, Colorado Buffalos, Florida Gators, and many more. He was a very early commitment for the Irish in the 2020 class — one that saw them beef up the defensive line once again.

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Pit Bull Puppy

He may be in his formative phase, but Keanaaina will grow to have a fierceness all his own.

2020 Outlook

The 6’3” 302 lb. defensive tackle has the size advantage. Going forward, it’s all about conditioning. With a lot of talent already in South Bend, the most likely case for Keanaaina is a redshirt as a freshman. Remember though... players can still play in 5 games and claim a redshirt for the year, so we should still expect to see Aidan on the field at some point.

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