Irish offer elite 2015 defensive tackle

Irish offer elite 2015 defensive tackle

Notre Dame offered 2015 defensive lineman T.D. Moton of Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist, who is already up to 12 offers and will soon add more. Moton talks about why the Irish will be strongly considered as his final destination.

The Irish have secured their first 2015 commitment from Louisiana in offensive tackle Jerry Tillery. Notre Dame dipped into the Bayou State once again on Monday when they offered 2015 defensive tackle T.D. Moton of Shreveport's Calvary Baptist.

"It feels great, it was pretty surprising," Moton said of getting the Notre Dame offer. "I had been talking to one of the graduate assistants named Tyler McDermott for a while, but the first time I heard from the defensive coordinator and [Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Kerry) Cooks was when they offered."

"They like my size and just the way I play on the field," Moton added. "They say that I'm similar to their nose guard, Louis Nix, who is going to the NFL. I can play nose guard, but I'm not just some fat kid who plays nose guard because he can't move."

Moton originally named the Irish among his short list of top schools (Alabama, LSU) after receiving Notre Dame's offer, but he's not ready to officially call it a top three just yet.

"I'm open to all schools right now," Moton said. "I don't have a top three. I want that to be known. I like Notre Dame, and that will be a school that I will strongly consider."

Moton pointed to the Irish's success on the defensive side of the ball as the main reason he's drawn to Notre Dame's program.

"They have the best defensive line in the country, they have great coaches, and they put players in the NFL," Moton said. "They have a lot of tradition as well and they seem to be very family-oriented. I'm looking for all of those things in a school."

Moton said he's planning on taking time throughout the recruiting process, thought that wasn't the original plan.

"I have been thinking about it, and I told some people that I would be ready to make my decision early, like maybe this season or next summer," Moton said. "But, I'm not going to rush into anything. I have no timetable for a decision."

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive lineman says he plans to camp with LSU and Alabama this summer, and he will visit schools in the South that are of close proximity this fall.

"I will camp at some nearby schools, but distance isn't going to be a factor in my decision," Moton said. "I'm going to go wherever is the best fit for me to succeed."

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