Sport: Four-star defensive back makes Notre Dame’s holiday

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Notre Dame’s holiday weekend fireworks are geared toward preventing opposing offense’s fireworks for years to come. The Irish secured a second defensive back commitment this weekend with rivals.com four-star Devin Moore’s decision on Sunday.

Moore (Naples High School; Fla.) chose Notre Dame after visiting South Bend, Alabama, Florida and Stanford throughout June. He also holds offers from Georgia, Michigan and his homestate’s powers Florida State and Miami.

Visiting Stanford just days after his trip to northern Indiana, Moore’s inclination was to join the Cardinal. Only in waiting a couple weeks to think it over did he settle on joining the Irish.

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– Notre Dame assistant coach Clark Lea is a defensive coordinator masquerading as a philosophy professor. Or, perhaps, he’s a philosophy professor lecturing daily to the Irish defense . Lea, of course, is quick to deflect Notre Dame ’ s success to the players. The Irish are thriving in the scheme that Elko brought from Wake Forest two years ago. Lea came with him as the linebackers coach, and since becoming coordinator has evolved the 4 -2-5 scheme to become more multiple and led Notre Dame 26 spots higher in total defense national ranking and to a 21-place improvement in scoring

Notre Dame picked up a significant commitment this week when it landed St. Louis (Mo.) Burroughs defensive end Tyson Ford. A Top 100 recruit, Ford gives the Fighting Irish defense a talented big man to begin building the defensive class around. Defensive end is a big need for Notre Dame in the 2022 class. Punahou edge defender Tevarua Tafiti has been on Notre Dame ’ s board for quite some time, and he’s from a high school that is well-known to Irish fans. Tafiti is an intriguing player that comes from the same high school as current Notre Dame linebacker Marist Liufau and former Irish star Manti Te’o.

“After I took the Stanford visit, I was Stanford everything,” Moore said to Blue & Gold Illustrated. “I knew that was off of adrenaline, so I took a week to chill out, think about it all and reevaluate. I talked it over with my family over dinner one night, and they were big fans of Notre Dame like I was too. I was hoping they’d say Notre Dame like me, and they did.”

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The No. 29 cornerback in the class, per rivals.com, Moore’s 6-foot-2 length makes him project as a safety, or at least as a possibility. His length could also lead to physical play as a boundary cornerback in years to come.

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Quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford was at Notre Dame for two seasons, coming from the same position at Boise State. While in the Mountain West Conference, Sanford had chased the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the country, per rivals.com. His pitch then was not strong enough, but once it included an Irish Then Book took over for Brandon Wimbush for good last year, even though Wimbush had led Notre Dame to a 3-0 start. Book never looked back . 2018 as a starter: 211-of-311 for 2,615 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions in nine games. Book also had four rushing touchdowns.

Four - star defensive end Isaiah Foskey of Northern California powerhouse De La Salle will announce his college choice on signing day, and Notre Dame is considered a heavy favorite over Ohio State, Michigan, Washington and California. The Irish, however, apparently won’t land four - star athlete Asa Turner of Carlsbad, Calif., who announced Thursday night that he plans to sign with Washington. Turner committed to the Huskies in July but didn’t sign in the early period and named Notre Dame his leader in late December.

The All-American Bowl invitee has genuine track speed, but it is his comfort tracking the ball in the air that most sets him apart. Moore’s aggressiveness with his hands upon a pass’s arrival wreaks havoc on receivers in a variety of ways, and his length and strength make him already capable in press coverage, as well as adept at shedding a block in space.

The 18th commitment in the Irish class of 2022, Moore joins consensus three-star cornerback Jayden Bellamy (Bergen Catholic High School; Oradell, N.J.) in adding to Notre Dame’s future secondaries just this weekend.

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