Saturday, March 23, 2013
Trumbetti's heart always with Notre Dame
By Jared Shanker
A Notre Dame fan his whole life, Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, N.J./Demarest) always has had the Fighting Irish at the top of his list, but he was exploring his other options recently. He visited Florida and wanted to get to Stanford before a decision.
The ESPN Watch List defensive end visited South Bend, Ind., this weekend, though, and it became clear there was no longer any need to look around. Notre Dame was always the right place for him, and he committed.
“It felt like he was really listing other schools and he had gone down to Florida and loved it,” Demarest coach Tony Mottola said, “but I felt his heart has always been at Notre Dame. When he was there this weekend and he sat down with Coach [Brian] Kelly and Coach [Bob] Diaco and met the guys, it was going to be tough for him to get out of there this weekend without some type of decision.”
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Trumbetti has been a fan of Notre Dame as long as he can remember, so after his sophomore season he and his father traveled to South Bend to work out at the Irish’s camp. He left with an offer, and Trumbetti has been a heavy Notre Dame lean ever since.
But then the offers from the likes of Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Stanford came, and Trumbetti was thinking of letting his recruitment play out a little longer. It had been a while since he was back at Notre Dame, so some of the other schools were a little fresher in his mind.
He got a renewed sense of what is waiting for him at Notre Dame this weekend, though, said Mottola, who spoke with Trumbetti shortly after the commitment.
“He’s excited. He loves the campus and the coaching staff. He loves everything about Notre Dame,” Mottola said. “Going there this weekend solidified everything he feels about Notre Dame. I think it was probably a very easy decision for him today. You’re going to play with a top football program and get a great education -- it’s the best of both worlds.”
The fifth commitment in the Irish’s 2014 class, Trumbetti will be joined by fellow tri-state lineman Jay Hayes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Poly Prep) once he signs with Notre Dame.
Trumbetti is also the latest defensive lineman with a high rating to commit to Notre Dame over the last few classes. Top-rated defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and ESPN 150 end Isaac Rochell signed with the Irish in February, and ESPN 150 defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, Sheldon Day and Stephon Tuitt were members of earlier classes in Kelly's tenure.