Rochell Gets Key Answer During Visit

Isaac Rochell

Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) four-star defensive end Isaac Rochell made his official visit to Notre Dame during the weekend, and the Irish commit got an answer to a burning question during it.

Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) four-star defensive end Isaac Rochell needed peace of mind with his decision to commit to Notre Dame, and he received it during his weekend official visit.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder, who is the 17th rated defensive end in the 2013 class, met with Irish coach Brian Kelly about his dalliance with the NFL.

"It was more of a casual discussion because I hadn't talked to him in a while," Rochell said. "We discussed the thing with him leaving. We had an in-depth conversation about it, but basically I have more of a confidence now. I'm not going to go into detail, but I'm more confident that he's going to stay."

Rochell also met with defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and defensive line coach Mike Elston, but more importantly was his discussion with Kelly and his fit with the current members of the Irish.

He spoke to a few of the 2013 class members who already enrolled, and he hit it off with freshman defensive lineman Romeo Okwara, who was his host.

"We clicked and we're really cool, but it's weird knowing I'm going to be there in a few months," Rochell said. "It's exciting. It's nothing bad. It's fun and something to look forward to.

"(The January enrollees) enjoy it and love it. They were all pretty confident they made the right decision, and I feel like socially they got in and meshed with all the people at Notre Dame, and the other football players. It was only the first week, but it was all positive feedback."

Rochell, who committed in June, said he never wavered with his June decision, but did want to make sure he fit in.

"It's just going up there and trying to get an idea what it is going to be like when I get there," Rochell said. "Now, it's to the point where the students are in school, and I got to talk to some of the midyear guys and learn what it is going to be like when I get up there. I'm not the type to decommit, so I just want to get an idea of what it's like up there."

And during the trip back to Georgia, Rochell had nothing but positive thoughts.

"It was mainly just the confidence I made the right decision and that I love Notre Dame," he said. "It's now the anticipation of going up there. All in all, it was just the piece and confidence I made the right decision."

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