NCF On The Trail: Andrew Trumbetti

Midyear signings: Notre Dame

January, 16, 2014
According to ESPN's Jared Shanker and Tom VanHaaren, the following players have enrolled at Notre Dame:

Andrew Trumbetti DE Demarest, N.J./Demarest
Height: 6-5, Weight: 250
Positional Rank: No. 10 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 97)
Under Armour All-American

Justin Brent WR Speedway, Ind./Speedway
Height: 6-1 Weight: 197
Positional Rank: No. 41 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 280)
Senior defensive end Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, N.J./Northern Valley Regional High) was presented his honorary game jersey at his school on Thursday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of a three-month tour.

[+] EnlargeNotre Dame defensive end commit Andrew Trumbetti, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the state of New Jersey, shows off his Under Armour gear.
Courtesy of IntersportDE Andrew Trumbetti's athleticism -- he returned kicks in high school -- is just one of the things that impressed the Irish.
Trumbetti, a Notre Dame commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First I would like to thank my family for all their love and support,” Trumbetti said. “Thank you Joe Riccheo, Dan Goodman and the entire VarsityF staff for helping to build me into the athlete I am today. Next, I would like to thank my teammates because I truly feel like this is a team accomplishment, and I would not be standing here without them. I would like to thank my coaches, especially coach [Tony] Mattola, for all their support and lessons they have taught me on and off the field. ... Finally, thank you Under Armour and American Family Insurance for selecting me. I can’t wait to represent my school and my community when I step onto the field January 2nd for the 2014 All-American Game.”

Mottola says his star player is special on, and off the field.

“What makes Andrew Trumbetti special is pretty much everything he does," Mottola said. "He’s a fierce competitor. He does a great job on the field, does a great job off the field in the classroom and in the community. Everything he does, he gives 110 percent. He comes from a really tremendous family, and we are just very proud of Andrew.”

Like so many before him, Trumbetti said the competition and roster are what led him to choose the Under Armour All-America Game.

“I decided to accept the invitation to the All-American Game because of all the competition I knew was going to be there," he said. "I mean, from past years of watching the game, it’s definitely a big deal. I know a lot of guys that are going, and it’s definitely going to be great to go down there and see them and compete with them, and hopefully win the game.

"I feel that I was selected to play because I'm a hard worker and I'm not a showboat when I step on the field. I know a lot of kids look up to me, I know that I have a lot to live up to, and I know that every time I step on the field I give it everything I have. Being an All-American isn't all about just being the best player. It's about being the best teammate, classmate, friend, and whatever else you can be."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Trumbetti is the No. 107-ranked prospect overall and the No. 11 defensive end in the class. He committed to Notre Dame over Boston College, Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin and a number of others.
Tight end Nic Weishar of Chicago Marist committed to Notre Dame Tuesday evening. The 2014 prospect told ESPN's RecruitingNation in a text message that he chose the Fighting Irish over offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee and several others.

Weishar -- the No. 7 tight end in the country -- is Notre Dame’s seventh commit in the 2014 class, but the first tight end commitment. As the No. 7 tight end in the country, he is the top player positionally the Fighting Irish have landed (defensive end Andrew Trumbetti is their highest ranked commit overall).

At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds Weishar is a smaller tight end but has a history in basketball and as an offensive lineman, so he can both be a pass-catching tight end as well as someone who can block down field.

As a junior, Weishar accounted for five touchdowns and 1,100 yards on 89 carries.

Weekly commitment roundup 

March, 29, 2013
Boston College
Isaac Yiadom WR Worcester, Mass./Doherty
HT: 6-foot-0 WT: 170 pounds
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.”

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East Region looks loaded in 2014 

September, 27, 2012
New Jersey once again has several prospects with national appeal such as Kiy Hester (Wayne, N.J./De Paul Catholic), Gerald Owens (Westville, N.J./West Deptford) and Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, N.J./Demarest). None is more coveted though than cornerback Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic).

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