CoachSpeak: Trumbetti Brings Versatility

Andrew Tumbetti

Northern Valley High (Demarest, N.J.) High Scout 300 defensive end Andrew Trumbetti committed to Notre Dame on Saturday, and his coach discusses what the Irish are getting in the versatile prospect.

Northern Valley Demarest (N.J.) High Scout 300 defensive end Andrew Trumbetti grew up cheering for Notre Dame, so when he was offered a scholarship last summer it seemed a foregone conclusion he would end up in South Bend, Ind.

During a weekend visit to campus, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Trumbetti made his long-anticipated verbal commitment, and his versatility is something the Irish relish.

"He's a perfect fit for them if they want to put him at defensive end or even if they want to put him out as an outside linebacker," Northern Valley coach Tony Mottola said. "I think he's a perfect fit for them and that position because of his quickness and explosion. He can play in space as a player.

"That type of defense is perfect for him because of his length, his speed. He's very, very strong. I think it's going to be a perfect fit for him."

Trumbetti was recruited to play defensive end in Notre Dame's 3-4 defensive scheme, though, and his length and athleticism makes him an ideal up-the-field pass rusher.

"They're getting a student-athlete," Mottola said. "The kid is really good in the classroom. He's a smart kid. He does all the right things.

"Athletically, he's phenomenal. He's very athletic. He's quick, he's explosive. He's seventh in the country in the shot put. He's an explosive kid that can do a lot of things at Notre Dame."

Mottola sees similarities in his defense and the one Notre Dame runs under defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who recruits New Jersey.

"It will be an easy transition for him to go there," Mottola said. "What we're doing schematically to what they're doing schematically, I think it will work for him. He can do a lot for you, and any way he can help the program out, he's gonna help you."

The commitment to the Irish came as little surprise, but it did come after a visit to Florida gave him plenty to think about.

"He had a great visit down there," Mottola said. "They did a great job of recruiting Andrew. He loved it. When he came back from Florida, it became a viable option. But his heart has always been at Notre Dame. He grew up a Notre Dame fan, his parents are Notre Dame fans. It's always been in his household. It's always been in his heart."

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