SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame freshman defensive end Isaac Rochell is viewing this weekend's game like any other.
But he has to say that because his older brother, Matt, will line up on Air Force's offensive line on Saturday. There's a possibility Saturday's game could feature a Rochell-on-Rochell battle in the trenches.
"I'm trying to treat it just as a regular game and just evaluating their whole O-line, including him just as I would any other O-line," Isaac Rochell said Wednesday.
Unlike Matt, Isaac was heavily recruited out of high school in McDonough, Ga., earning a four-star rating from Rivals.com and offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, to rattle off a few. The only offer Matt received, according to Rivals.com, was from Air Force.
The Rochell brothers watch each other's games, not necessarily for the teams but to keep track of how the other sibling is doing. Even though they face each other this week, they still communicate often, though it's mostly just casual conversation.
That means Brian Kelly and Troy Calhoun don't have to worry about secrets and strategies being spilled.
"We know on both sides we're not going to talk about specifics of the game, in-game plans and stuff like that," Isaac Rochell said. "We just talk like we normally would."