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  • Lynch is Irish Again

    by SEE

    (Notre Dame Football Recruiting News) – Aaron Lynch, rated by some as the top performing defensive player at the Army All-American game, committed to the Irish today and will enroll as an early entry. width=200 Lynch was a disruptive force in the game and gives the Irish a powerful defensive end who’s a threat to break through on any play.  
    Teamed with Tuitt,  Carrico and Springman  (Williams is an OLB) ND will be able to rotate four powerful long defense ends in Diaco’s defense (one that requires constant substitution.)  This was a critical recruiting need as most of ND’s top defensive ends are seniors and the Irish have all but whiffed at the position the last two years.  Lynch, Williams and Tuitt are all expected to rise dramatically in the rankings and  have many Irish fans thinking about Bradley, Fry and Browner.

    USC recruit Cody Kessler may have looking into the future when he described the pressure that the East Defense (including Tuitt, Lynch and Williams) put on him,  “Their D line is just flat-out big and fast. Our line was doing their best but their speed was hard to stop. Every time I looked up there was one of those black jerseys. Lots of talent on that D line…. everyone is great.”

    Aaron Lynch | DE
    ESPN Grade 81 | Scout ***** | Rivals **** Top 100
    Hometown:  Cape Coral, FL |  Island Coast
    Height 6’5″ | Weight 250

    Back to Aaron, after his all-star game performance, he’ll likely be ranked as a Manti Teo’ level recruit.

    News-Press had this take on Lynch:

    Aaron Lynch and the East team proved that defense doesn’t just win championships – it wins all-star games, too. Lynch, an Island Coast defensive end, led a relentless pass rush that tallied more sacks – 12 – than the West had points in East’s 13-10 win in front of a bowl-record crowd of 37,893 at the Alamodome.

    “There’s not another defensive line out there better than what we had today. We had the best of the best,” Lynch said. “If we all went to the same school, that team would win the BCS championship each of the four years.” Lynch finished with 2.5 sacks on the day, which tied for the game high with Ray Drew of Thomasville, Ga. Lynch got started early, blowing by the tackle and sacking quarterback J.W. Walsh in the open field.

    But his biggest moments came in the last three minutes. The East scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:14 remaining. Its defense responded by forcing the West to turn the ball over on downs with two half sacks coming from Lynch. He came up big again on the West’s last-ditch drive with another solo sack.

    “I didn’t do it alone. All those linemen had at least one sack,” Lynch said. “The reason I got sacks was because of them.” The East defense held the West to just 144 yards, including minus-20 rushing due to all the sacks. The West could only muster one true positive play, a 35-yard touchdown catch by Jaxon Shipley, a Texas commit from Brownwood, Texas. “It was kind of hard to drop back and look up to make your read and there’s two guys in your face,” said West quarterback Cody Kessler, a quarterback out of Bakersfield, Calif., committed to USC.

    Here’s a quick story from the Cape Coral Daily Breeze (note the leadership qualities in Lynch:)

    Gators coach Joe Bowen has seen the situation play out before. He’s beginning to expect Lynch, who now is a towering 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, to be in the right place at the right time when the Gators need a spark.

    With the Gators clinging to a 6-0 lead in the second quarter against Mariner, the defense converged on the quarterback, knocked the ball loose and there was Lynch to pick it up and take it in for the score.

    “It was great timing,” Bowen said. “Aaron throughout the years I’ve had him, it always seems like he’s there at the right time.”

    One of Lynch’s most dominant performances came in the preseason jamboree at Port Charlotte when he registered four sacks and a safety in the Gators’ 8-7 win. He sacked the quarterback six times in a game against Moore Haven last year, and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the spring game against Lakewood Ranch. Lynch has played football in the Cape Coral/North Fort Myers area for 12 years. He was a running back, at times, during his Pop Warner days, but has settled into his predominant role as a defensive end.He’s made his biggest impact by putting heat on opposing quarterbacks, registering seven sacks in five games this season.

    “You have to be smart and take good angles,” Lynch said of rushing the passer. “When you do that, you can get there””Everyone looks at him to see what he’s doing,” Bowen said. “If he’s working out, the other players will follow the lead when you have guys like that.”

    Here’s Scout’s take on Lynch:

    Overall, Lynch has prototypical size and athleticism to play on Sundays down the road. He can chase the ball anywhere on the field, he plays with a lot of speed, he moves well laterally, and he has a lot of room to still improve his game

    He is a competitor that plays with a good motor and possesses a quality first step. Lynch shows great lateral mobility. He is raw as a pass rusher relying on his athleticism, he needs to add some moves to arsenal. Lynch could easily play TE, he has outstanding hands, and could be a plus blocker.

    ESPN ranks him as the 7th defensive end in the country:

    Lynch is capable of being a real handful. He is a big kid with good height and bulk, but the thing that really puts a smile on your face is that he still has upside physically and as a player. He looks to have the frame to still add more.

    2012RankName Ht/Wt
    ELITKiel, Gunner6'4" - 220
    ELITNeal, Davonte5'9" - 175
    HIGHRussell, KeiVarae6'0" - 170
    HIGHBaratti, Nick6'2" - 190
    HIGHStanley, Ronnie6'7" - 285
    HIGHDay, Sheldon6'2" - 285
    HIGHMahone, Will5'10" - 205
    HIGHFerguson, Justin 6'2" - 200
    HIGHHarrell, Mark6'5" - 270
    MIDDaly, Scott6'3" - 230
    MIDOkwara, Romeo6'4" - 225
    MIDProsise, CJ6'2" - 205
    LOWTurner, John6'2" - 200
    2011RankName Ht/Wt
    BioELITAtkinson, George6'2"-195
    BioELITGolson, Everett6'0" - 185
    BioELITKoyack, Ben6'5"-225
    BioELITLynch, Aaron6'5" - 250
    BioELITTuitt, Stephon6'5"-260
    BioELITWilliams, Ishaq6'6" - 240
    BioHIGHHardy, Eiler6'1"-175
    BioHIGHHegarty, Matt6'5"-265
    BioHIGHGrace, Jarrett6'2"-230
    BioHIGHCouncell, Ben6'4"-225
    BioHIGHBrindza, Kyle6'1"-190
    BioHIGHDaniels, Davaris6'2" - 180
    BioHIGHHounshell, Chase6'6" - 260
    BioHIGHNiklas, Troy6'6" - 245
    BioMIDRabasa, Anthony 6'3"-230
    BioMIDSpringmann, Tony6'5"-270
    BioMIDAtkinson, Josh6'0"-180
    BioMIDMcDaniel, Cam5'11" - 195
    BioMIDMartin, NIck6'5" - 260
    BioMIDHanratty, Conor6'3"-290
    BioMIDCarrico, Brad6'4"-250
    BioMIDBrown, Jalen5'11"-175
    BioMIDFarley, Matthias6'1"-180

    19 Responses to “Lynch is Irish Again”

    1. Don Juan (Domer Domain) says:

      Nice write up guys! Lynch will also be here in January to begin his schooling so his scholly should count against last year’s total and not this year’s–potentially leaving ND with another recruit.

    2. With Ishaq and Tuitt, this line will be tough after 2 years of the weights and training table. If Manti stays all 4 years, 2012 could be a special defense to watch. Good work by Kelly & Co. on landing some top recruits

    3. Is it September yet? I think the magic is returning to Irish football ….

    4. Whiskeyjack says:

      I thought Carrico and Springman are projecting as offensive linemen for us? Rabasa is other DE we picked up in this class.

      I’m also excited about Councell; he has all the physical tools to be a nasty Dog LB for us, which gives him a huge upside. If Kelly’s penchant for quality player development continues, we should have a championship quality defense in a few year’s time.

      Imagine Tuitt, Nix, and Lynch on the line, with Williams rushing from as the Cat LB. Opposing QBs will explode.

    5. Kelly is the right man for the job. (duhhh?)

    6. White Eagle says:

      I have tried to stay low key, but this is a grand slam for our defensive recruitment. I’ve longed for the days of Irish defensive dominance and the sheer terror it can bring to our opponents. March 17th may be a great day for the Irish, but this comes darn close…… Go Irish.

    7. Bob, Ty, and Charlie never could get these kinds of players to ND. The coaching and recruiting staff are doing an amazing job. While talent on offense is important, defensive dominance is what will bring this program back. With this group of recruits it looks like ND will indeed be back.

    8. kellygreen says:

      It is about time ND finally got someone who is proven at DEVELOPING talent and can bring in top recruits as well.

      For all those who said Kelly couldn’t recruit with the big boys, I hope you are all choking on your words now. Imagine in 2 years as Teo is in his senior year, Nix as a junior and Williams, Councell, Tuitt and Lynch as sophomores.

      Add to that a few more years of the offense learning the spread.

      Could we be seeing the rebirth of Notre Dame football!!

    9. Lets hang on to Tuitt and pick up either Huggins or Carlisle. Then lets go play some football baby!!! I love what this staff is doing, plus you look at the leap Kelly’s teams make in year two and we are on the verge of becoming legitimate contenders again.

    10. charlie was able to bring thease recruits but he just couldnt develope them on the defensive side of the ball. Remember it was Weis that recruited Manti Teo. Jimmy Clausen and Mike Floyd were also Weis recruits. Either way im happy with Brian Kelly and how he is coaching and recruiting.

    11. Great job closing on these guys. It’s been a long time since we had a real dominant defense. That’s what wins championships. I know we have Stockton and Nix in the wings ready to go, but I think we need to get another quality defensive tackle to clog up the middle, recruit at least one every year. Tired of losing out on Austin, McCoy etc.

    12. While “verbals” are interesting, talk is cheap. Let’s see what the state of the recruiting class is on Feb 5th. Then we can make an accurate assessment.


    14. Jim Kress,

      The best thing with Ishaq Williams and Aaron Lynch, they are early enrollees, which means that as soon as they show up to class, they either have to sign and play for ND or sit out a year.

    15. For those who know more of the inside, is Aaron Lynch’s strange dance of commit / abandon, commit / abandon / commit a red flag about weak commitment? What do you make of this?

    16. let the defense reign begin …… ahhhhhhhhhh is i all i can say .

    17. Jim Prisby says:

      DT hounsell switched from Florida to ND according to ESPN! Now we have the DT I wanted! OK, now I’m happy…

    18. bk and staff the pied pipper of nation wide d recruits ……. hounsell under rated d line stud wth is going on ? lol