Notre Dame landed a big one on National Signing Day.
It’s National Signing Day and Notre Dame landed its top and only target left on the board in All-American defensive end Isaiah Foskey from California. With the majority of the class already signed during the early period, Foskey was the biggest priority left for the Irish staff. There was a lot of rumors and buzz that he actually did in fact sign during the December period but he wanted to wait and officially announce publicly today with this teammates. Regardless Foskey is now Irish. He’s been to campus several times and it seems like he never wavered on his decision in wanting to suit up in blue and gold. Foskey holds 26 offers from the likes of Michigan, Washington, Penn State, Florida and more.
What will Foskey bring to South Bend?
The 6’4″, 235 pounds, he is an athlete. He played both tight end and defensive end in high school and was actually being recruited by a lot of programs as a tight end. Foskey himself and the Irish staff wanted him to play defensive end and there’s a reason why. His length is exceptional, along with great physicality on the line. He will get after the quarterback with his quickness off the edge and has really good range to be a perfect drop-end on the Irish defense.
Of course, he will definitely need to fill out more and put some more mass on his body, but a year under Matt Balis will do wonders for him. Because he played both side of the ball in high school, he didn’t have all his attention on developing as a pass rusher and because of that I think he’s still trying to figure out his go-to move when going up against the offensive line. He will get that figured out once Mike Elston gets a hold of him. It’ll be very fun to watch his development because he really is an outstanding athlete.
With Foskey now signed, that should wrap up the 2019 recruiting class unless there’s a major surprise. The Irish will finish the class on the small side, with 22 commits –13 of them on the defensive side and 9 on the offense. I expect the Irish to finish with a top 15 class in the country around the recruiting sites.
This staff addressed a ton of needs and even though some won’t be happy about not finishing in the “top 10”, there really shouldn’t be any worries with what this class will bring to South Bend. It’s loaded with really good talent from top to bottom.