2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Jayson Ademilola
The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 21 players from 13 different states last month during the inaugural “early signing period.”
News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit leading up to the traditional National Signing Day (Feb. 7).
Ademilola is one of three defensive players out of Saint Peter’s Prep in New Jersey to sign with Notre Dame out of the 2018 class. He joins twin brother, Justin Ademilola, as well as linebacker Shayne Simon.
He helped Saint Peter’s compete for consecutive non-public New Jersey state titles and totaled nearly 150 tackles (39 ½ for a loss) and 19 ½ sacks.
Ademilola was invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month and earned several First Team honors in his state.
At 6-foot-3, 288 pounds Ademilola has nice size already, but will certainly gain strength and bulk over the years in South Bend.
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Ademilola brings length and size to play the three technique along the defensive line. He’ll be invaluable in playing the run, but can also serve as a pressure creator from inside.
Both Rivals and 247Sports have Ademilola rated as high as the fifth-best player from New Jersey, which is an underrated state for talent.
Nationally, he rated as high as 13th among defensive tackles (Rivals) to 20th (ESPN), while 247Sports considered him as the 159th-rated player overall nationally.
Notre Dame received positive news this winter, not just from its defensive line recruits, but from its veterans, as well.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Bonner reneged on his pledge to leave the program and chose to return for his final season, while back-ups Micah Dew-Treadway, Myron Amosa-Tagovailoa and Darnell Ewell each return at the tackle spot, as well.
Mixed into the front is returning starting nose Jerry Tillery and reserve Kurt Hinish.
BRIAN KELLY SAYS
“Jayson has a little bit more length and athletic ability, if you will, to play the three” Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said on National Signing Day last month. “So (Ademilola and fellow signee Ja’Mion Franklin) were a great complement in terms of (playing the) shade and three out there early on that we saw. We thought they complemented each other very well.”
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