2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Justin 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, Jayson Ademilola, as well as linebacker Shayne Simon.
He helped Saint Peter’s compete for consecutive non-public New Jersey state titles and totaled 125 tackles (24 for a loss) and 16 ½ sacks.
Ademilola earned first team All-State (non-public school) honors from NJ.com.
At 6-foot-2, 246 pounds Ademilola needs to add bulk and strength, which he certainly can on that frame.
Ademilola isn’t as highly thought of as his twin brother, Jayson, who has also signed with Notre Dame, but he still possesses athletic ability to play off the edge and create pressure. He has the potential to be versatile and play either as an outside backer or on the edge.
Has nice size and give him 15 months in the Irish strength program and he can make an impact for new defensive coordinator Clark Lea.
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ESPN.com rated Ademilola as the 13th best player from New Jersey and 30th outside linebacker nationally, while 247Sports rated him as a weakside defensive end (33rd nationally).
Rivals had him listed as the 34th best strongside defensive end nationally and 16th best player from New Jersey.
Notre Dame received incredible news this winter, not just from its defensive recruits committing, but from its veterans, as well.
The best of the linebacker group, Te’Von Coney pledged to return for his final season in 2018 as opposed to turning pro, while Lea (who coaches linebackers also) will also have sophomore Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at his disposal, as well.
At the edge positions, Notre Dame is loaded with veterans returning in Daelin Hayes, Jay Hayes, Julian Okwara, Khalid Kareem, as well as Adetokunbo Ogundeji back.
BRIAN POLIAN SAYS
“There are a lot of talented football players out there,” Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Brian Polian said on National Signing Day last month, “but not all of them fit who we are. We are not going to hide from what makes us different. We’re not going to apologize for it, the things that make Notre Dame distinct.
“There are enough really good football players across the country that embraces what makes us different and what makes this place special. I think we were able to emphasize that and I’m very, very proud of that.”
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