It is impossible to forecast which player will shake loose in a particular recruiting class. It happens nearly every year, regardless of how well or poor the team has played.
Many fans and writers probably did not have Matt Dickerson as the player who would flip. But, tonight, Dickerson de-committed from Notre Dame and committed to in-state UCLA.
Dickerson is rated a 4-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.
His loss is significant because of the lack of depth along the Defensive Line. Notre Dame only has 6 Defensive Linemen on its roster with the departure of Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III to the NFL. These players are: Sheldon Day, Tony Springmann, Chase Hounshell, Issac Rochell, Jarron Jones and Jacob Matuska.
Only one of these players can be considered a solid viable starter, Day. Springmann and Hounshell will likely be solid players but it is difficult to project them off of injury. Jarron Jones appears to be coming on strong. Issac Rochell gained valuable experience this year. Matuska is a complete wild card.
Joining the six is Grant Blankenship, Jay Hayes and Andrew Trumbetti. The Irish will need one or more of them to contribute for the Irish to have any depth on the Defensive Line in 2014. Losing Dickerson was losing another viable option along the Defensive Line.