All of a sudden, Notre Dame’s 2014 defensive class is coming together quite nicely.
A day after landing the commitment of Florida linebacker Richard Yeargin III, the Irish secured the pledge of California defensive lineman Matt Dickerson during an unofficial visit to campus this weekend, according to multiple sources close to the situation.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder from Junipero Serra High School’s commitment gives Notre Dame 17 verbals in the Class of 2014 and seven pledges on defense. He joins Jay Hayes, Andrew Trumbetti and Grant Blankenship on the future Irish defensive line.
Like Yeargin III, throughout the process Dickerson maintained that he was looking for a place that would offer exceptional academics and athletics and found that on his first trip to South Bend.
Dickerson was one of the fastest-rising prospects during a spring period that saw his scholarship count go from zero to well into double-figures. He chose the Irish over programs like USC, UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arkansas and Colorado among others.
He's listed as a defensive end prospect, but will likely play defensive tackle for the Irish.
Stay tuned to Irish Sports Daily for much more on this developing story.