Notre Dame secured the verbal commitment of three-star defensive tackle Pete Mokwuah (Staten Island, N.Y.) Friday evening, adding crucial defensive line depth to its recruiting class of 2014.
Mokwuah, a one-time Rutgers verbal commit, was recruited by defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
"(VanGorder) said, 'Just know that we are looking for another interior lineman. And we are definitely offering another lineman a scholarship, and we want it to be you,' ” Mokwuah told NJ.com earlier this week.
Notre Dame has 23 players verbally committed to its class of 2014, including five defensive lineman in addition to Mokwuah. Not all those players will stick at defensive line spots, though, with recruits like Jhonathan Williams (Berrian Springs, Mich.) likely landing as 'cat' outside linebackers.
With Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt off to the pros and Kona Schwenke's tenure over in South Bend as well, Notre Dame will have to replace a large chunk of its defensive line depth chart this coming fall. With only a little bit of attrition, Mokwuah very well could see the field his first year at Notre Dame.