Notre Dame picked up its first commitment for the Class of 2011 over the weekend when defensive end Brad Carrico pledged to Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff. Carrico hails from Dublin-Coffman HS – the same school that produced former Irish stars Brady Quinn and Chinedum N”Dukwe.
Carrico (6’6″, 270 lbs) was on campus this weekend for Notre Dame’s junior day along with several other top prospects. Kelly offered Carrico during a meeting during his visit this weekend and the defensive end was quick to accept. Carrico is a big and tall defensive end that would most likely play defensive tackle on the college level in a 4-3 defense, but should stay at end in Notre Dame’s new 3-4 defense. In that respect, he is very similar to rising junior Sean Cwynar as he too would be a defensive tackle on the college level in a 4-3, but will play end for the Irish.
Defensive end is a major need for the class of 2011 making the early addition of Carrico very welcomed news on the recruiting front for Notre Dame. Notre Dame missed out on several of its top targets along the defensive line last year making the position one of, if not the top priority for Kelly and the new staff.
After recruiting the state of Ohio very well in 2010 with Matt James, Luke Massa, Andrew Hendrix, Alex Welch, and Derek Roback; Notre Dame is off to a great start in the Buckeye state once again. It will be interesting to see how well Kelly and staff can do against Tressel and his staff for more of the state’s elite players this year.
Here is some video of Carrico courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com (apologies to Mr. Tom Petty for the poor cover of Won’t Back Down in the video)