Notre Dame football landed another commit on Wednesday afternoon. Defensive tackle Aidan Keanaaina is the newest addition to the 2020 recruiting class.
Notre Dame football added another one. Aidan Keanaaina, a 2020 defensive tackle from Colorado, has committed to Notre Dame. Aidan wanted to make a commitment on his birthday and kept his word Wednesday afternoon. He visited South Bend a few times, most recently back in September and has always been very high on the Irish.
Being a perfect fit at Notre Dame isn’t easy, but a lot of people think Aidan is exactly that in South Bend, both on the field and academically. The staff did a tremendous job of jumping on him early and making him feel like a top priority. In the end, he wanted to wear blue and gold and he made his choice known publicly today on his special day.
At the moment, he holds 23 offer from the likes of Florida, Ohio State, Southern Cal and more.
What will Aidan Keanaaina bring to South Bend?
The 6’3″, 295-pound defensive tackle is a big guy. He’s very stout and won’t be easy to move off his spot. His lower body strength is top notch. To go along with that, he has a very high motor and gets after it on every snap. For a tackle, there isn’t much more you can ask for. You want someone that plays with an attitude up front and that’s what he does. He definitely won’t be easy to block and that’ll only help the Irish defense if he gets double teamed so it will free up the rest of the defensive line. It’s always a number game up front.
Aidan still has a ton of room to get stronger than he already is and add a lot of healthy weight to his frame. He will do just that once he gets in the weight room with Matt Balis. This kid is a player and everyone should remember his name when he gets to campus, even if they can’t pronounce it at first.
With Aidan joining the class, the Irish hold 5 commitments in 2020. Three of those are on the offensive side and two are on the defensive line. Defensive line coach Mike Elston is once again getting after it on the recruiting trail and he’s not even close to done yet. I expect a few more big names to join his group of studs up front and continuing to build talented depth up front to compete for championships.
This class is starting very strong and I can definitely see it continuing to build into a top class nationally.