Isaac Rochell: Notre Dame plucks away one of Georgia’s best

Notre Dame-bound Isaac Rochell (AJC)

Notre Dame-bound Isaac Rochell (AJC)

Notre Dame doesn’t sign many players out of Georgia. But when they do, they’re usually good ones.

Isaac Rochell, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, committed to Notre Dame over Florida State. The 4-star recruit had more than 30 offers, including Alabama, Clemson, UGA, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida.

“I fell in love with it [Notre Dame] the first time I visited and then went back this week for another visit to make sure I felt the same way — and I did,” Rochell told the AJC. “It’s just one of those places that when you go there, you know if it’s the right fit for you or not. It’s the right fit for me.”

Rochell projects to play defensive end but could also get a look at offensive tackle because of his athleticism and versatility. He said he’s only talked to Notre Dame about playing defense.

Two years ago, Notre Dame came down to Georgia and swiped defensive end Stephon Tuitt of Monroe Area High School. Tuitt was ranked as a 5-star prospect by Rivals.

“Notre Dame might not be in here all the time, but when they do, they’ll take a good one away from the SEC and ACC schools,” said Scout.com’s Chad Simmons.

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FL Jacket

June 7th, 2012
2:07 pm

Good for Rochell.

Paddy

June 7th, 2012
2:20 pm

If we can’t get him I am glad the Irish did. I guess you could have guess that!

destin dawg

June 7th, 2012
2:29 pm

I wouldn’t want to go to N.D.. no women.. no party school.. odd that FSU was #2.. VERY different schools for sure !!

HighTech

June 7th, 2012
2:31 pm

He went to a Baptist high school but wants to study theology at Notre Dame. He does know Notre Dame is a Catholic school, right?

Tech dropout

June 7th, 2012
2:33 pm

Congrats! Too bad I hate the Irish more than I hate UGA.

bucket

June 7th, 2012
2:40 pm

@ HighTech – I wondered about that, too. Good luck to the young man and I hope he is satfisfied with his choice.

Jacket Man

June 7th, 2012
2:54 pm

Totally expected; congratulations to Isaac and his family…best of luck.

Ray Goff

June 7th, 2012
2:56 pm

Good luck to the young man. He’s going to need it – dosen’t he know that ND is being left out of the playoff picture. Would be like going to an ACC school.

DawgInaTruck

June 7th, 2012
2:58 pm

Congratulations to the kid. Not a fan of the Irish but its hard to argue with a choice like that.

Paul in NH

June 7th, 2012
2:59 pm

Congrats to Rochell. ND is a great school with a beautiful campus. The winters and South Bend leave a lot to be desired but the school is a great place.
Now if he really wanted to get an interesting view of RC theology he should have signed with Boston College. It’s run by Jesuits.

Alphare

June 7th, 2012
3:03 pm

Yes, if conferences insist only Champs can be the Champ, ND won’t be the Champ ever unless they decide to join a conference.

Tdawg

June 7th, 2012
3:03 pm

I guess he is planning on starting his own sect. He could call it the babcathlics. Hate Notre Dame. Always have and always will. The only school out side of Alabama that is arrogant enough to think that they can weasel their way into the National Title game without having won a conference. Them Irish are relying heavily on NBC or some other TV origination helping them keep their independence and at the same time make it possible for one of the play off spots fall to Notre Dame. If that were to happen, then why should Notre Dame not dummy down their schedule. I mean if Notre Dame were to go undefeated against Navy, Army. Air Force, Akron and the likes they would still get the nod over more deserving teams. Georgia may have a cup cake out of conference schedule. which by the way I don’t like, but if they win the East side of the bracket. they still have to beat the West side champ. Notre Dame won’t have that problem. I say tell Notre Dame to either join a conference or get the he!! out of the way and let the more deserving teams have a go at it. By joining a conference. I don’t mean the Big East. Still good luck to you kid. not so much for the school that you just commited to.

Kramer

June 7th, 2012
3:07 pm

Why would you pass up an SEC school to go play in South Bend? Has anyone ever been to SB in the fall and winter? Plus the fact Notre Dame will continue to be the team that could have, should have, would have but, did not when it comes to football.

dewaynedixon

June 7th, 2012
3:08 pm

He does look irish doesn’t he? Have fun and good luck and remember stay indoors during the winter!!

dewaynedixon

June 7th, 2012
3:09 pm

whoops I saw my bad english hahaha. He does not look irish to me!! :)

HighTech

June 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

lol @ Tdawg. babcathlics. I like it. What is half-way between Baptist and Catholic, Presbyterian? Also, what kind of Theology do they have at FSU, circus clown ministry?

Anyway, best of luck to Isaac. Hope he reconsiders Tech before signing day where family can watch him play and the Baptist Student Union has the best home style food.

ndrick

June 7th, 2012
3:18 pm

Welcome to the Notre Dame family, ND has many students of with varying backgrounds, current All American LB Manti Teo is mormon & past star OT Ryan Harris (Broncos & Eagles) is muslim, to name a few. Welcome Isaac! Go Irish!

Jack P

June 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

The story said that he is interested in ND’s business school, which, by the way, is ranked No. 1 by an academic rating service. Choosing ND for his education is a wise move.

boots

June 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Does ND even play football any longer? Seriously, they have not been relevant for several decades.

Spanky

June 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

I read in a scouting report a few weeks ago, that not only is he a big fan of the school, but is also a huge fan of nearest major city…Chicago. Yeah, I love that town….but nnnot in the winter!! LOL

HighTech

June 7th, 2012
3:39 pm

Jack P…are you trying to create controversy? I read earlier that Wake Forest has the #1 business school.

http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2012/06/06/georgia-ol-cant-wait-any-longer-commits-to-acc-school/

destin dawg

June 7th, 2012
3:41 pm

I lived in South Bend.. went to I.U. @ South Bend with some N.D. students.. he will not like it there !! IMHO

Dawg Bounty Hunter

June 7th, 2012
3:44 pm

snows come off Lake Michigan in the winter !!

bitter irish drunk

June 7th, 2012
3:46 pm

Really, a school who belongs to know conferance, has been irrelevant the past 20 years!!!

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PR

June 7th, 2012
3:48 pm

Yawn. This has been in the works for weeks…

Steverino

June 7th, 2012
4:08 pm

I’ve enjoyed watching the Rochelle brothers play football and basketball over the last few years. Great kids from a fine family. Have an outstanding SR season, Isaac, and congrats on your decision…(would still love to see you at GT, though!)

Flo-Ri-Duh

June 7th, 2012
4:27 pm

No surprise here. Hate losing out to a mediocre Notre Dame though. Expect them to lose 3-4 games every year.

Flo-Ri-Duh

June 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

Hope you like freezing weather. Notre Dame has always come across as a bunch of snobs even though they haven’t done squat the last 15 years. He’s irrelevant now too.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 7th, 2012
4:31 pm

Luckily, Notre Dame only recruits Catholic players.

Flo-Ri-Duh

June 7th, 2012
4:32 pm

Guess Saban wiffed this time.

Flo-Ri-Duh

June 7th, 2012
4:33 pm

Notre Dame? They are past history

Paddy

June 7th, 2012
4:43 pm

The lake effect does make it colder in Notre Dame, In. But it gets alot nicer after you get your degree from there. You put up with a little to make a lot. ($)

Stank Wren

June 7th, 2012
4:57 pm

Notre Dame hasn’t been relevant in years. The kids that are being recruited now can’t even remember the Irish having a decent winning season. The have grown up watching them lose and fall in and out of the top 25. All those years of thinking they are better than everybody have finally caught up to them. Good luck and enjoy 4 years of 6-6 seasons.

Gorilla Biscuit

June 7th, 2012
5:31 pm

Notre Dame?…it could have been in Philadelphia. That would really suck.

Really?

June 7th, 2012
6:13 pm

Considering nd has not and will not be relevant in football or anything that doesn’t relate to little boys for many many decades, you have to wonder why this kid wants to go there. Maybe all the things we have heard about how catholic girls will do anything no matter how perverted once they get to colege are true.

BLogic

June 7th, 2012
6:23 pm

Too bad there are not any players for us to pluck from Indiana. All the good schools down here in the south can’t take them all. Rochell will have a bright future playing against Army, Navy, Syracuse, etc…….Join a good conference and earn some respect. Notre Dame should not be included in the BCS disscussion until they become part of a power conference.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 7th, 2012
6:29 pm

Like Stephon Tuitt it is NICE to visit Notre Dame in the WARM weather months. Let him visit in December-March and see how nice Notre Dame is.

Great School and nice fans but with what is happening in the PLAYOFF system the IRISH need a Home or they are just the Old History of College Football.

Penn State and Notre Dame to join the ACC and get an Academic Equal Home, All Sports Home, and Fresh Start Home.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 7th, 2012
6:32 pm

Kramer
June 7th, 2012
3:07 pm

Plus the fact Notre Dame will continue to be the team that could have, should have, would have but, did not when it comes to football.

Sounds like UGa.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 7th, 2012
6:53 pm

A person SMART enough to know......

June 7th, 2012
6:56 pm

Dawg1

June 7th, 2012
9:51 pm

Wow…

Some of you need to get some help..

Best of luck to the young man…

Big Wally Butts

June 7th, 2012
10:14 pm

Cold. Snow. Touchdown Jesus. Storied history. Cold. Snow.
SEC teams offer sun, beach, chicks. I dunno. Best of luck.

skip

June 7th, 2012
10:18 pm

guess he wasnt interested in the many bail bondsmen choices UGA has to offer its football players

jonny

June 7th, 2012
10:25 pm

leave it to the rednecks to bash a kid who may actually be making a choice thats best for his life AFTER football. Maybe becoming an Athens car salesman or mortgage broker wasnt his ideal post grad life.

Columbus

June 7th, 2012
11:33 pm

If he wants to play for a has-been program instead of represent his state, good riddance.

Columbus

June 7th, 2012
11:34 pm

Its NOT about his life after football. He liked the campus bozo. You talk bad about a UGA degree? You are ignorant jonny.

Paddy

June 8th, 2012
7:06 am

Columbus……..of course it is a decision about life after football!!! Don’t you think that he and his parents took into account all aspects of choosing a college? He is not representing the State of Georgia! He is exercising his right of choice and setting a path for the rest of his life. Open your mind and think before you post!

jonny

June 8th, 2012
9:33 am

Dont you mean im ignant Columbus? A UGA degree carries as much weight as a degree from Notre Dame in 1 state…Georgia. Maybe he is interested in becoming a little more worldly after college rather than joining the good ole boys network.

WnE

June 8th, 2012
3:46 pm

These are the kinds of losses in the Recruiting game that is killing GT’s depth and their FB program.

Rochell’s gonna be just like Tuitt and will be able to carry 290-300 lbs. and will be a legit 3-4 DE unlike those 265-lb. DE tweeners that CPJ has recruited on the current roster.

Tomlinson, Tuitt, Rochell, Jordan Watkins, Garrison Smith, Jonathon Taylor, Jordan Jenkins, if only CPJ could Recruit better among those that do academically qualify here in Ga. then GT would have a more stout Defense and might be able to win more games; I have a hard time believing that guys from Maryland & Australia are better FB players than the guys that SABAN & MILES are after here in the great state of Georgia.

Guys that also Academically qualify for GT!

Big Stinger

June 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

Notre Dame Football? Yawn!!!

Now wake me up when you are discussing a Football program that is relevant.