The Notre Dame Fighting Irish landed a commitment from three-star defensive tackle Pete Mokwuah on Friday.
The 6’3, 315-pounder, who attends St. Joseph by the Sea in Staten Island, New York, committed to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights back in May and although the Irish entered the race late, they were able to flip him.
“It was pretty much straightforward,” Mokwuah told Tom Dowd of SILive.com. “I felt like it was a sign because certain things had to have happened for me to have this opportunity. Some things had to fall into place. I planned on enrolling at Rutgers in January but the way that my school curriculum works I wouldn’t have had enough credits senior year so I wasn’t able to go in January.”
Mokwuah is rated at the 68th best defensive tackle, 10th best player in the state of New York and 1,061st best overall prospect in the class of 2014, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
“The academic part, getting a degree from Notre Dame would be huge,” said Mokwuah. “I’m a Catholic so that was a big plus. It was an aggregate decision.”
He also held offers from the Connecticut Huskies, Florida Gators and Pittsburgh Panthers, among others.