Defensive tackle Darnell Ewell

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Measurables: 6-4, 300.

School: Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor.

Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 9 defensive tackle.

247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 16 defensive tackle.

Notable numbers: Ewell tallied 52 tackles (37 solo), eight sacks, three forced fumbles, two deflected passes, two fumble recoveries, and he returned one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

First scholarship offer: Clemson.

Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “When I got the offer, I kind of just knew.”

One word to describe Brian Kelly: "Determined."

The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: “I won’t miss all these phone calls from numbers I don’t even know.”

Best player I’ve played against: Virginia DT Andrew Brown.

How many times have you watched Rudy? "About 25 times."

Latest Netflix binge: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “Company” by Justin Bieber.

Dream job (other than the NFL): "Therapist."

Expectations for my freshman season: “Don’t flunk out. That’s one. Two: try to get some reps that leads to playing time. Three: enjoy it.”

Favorite football accomplishment: “Being able to play beside my brother (Denzel).”

Should football have an early signing period? “No. You have so many clowns out here that take it as a joke. They don’t really commit to one school and change their mind five different times. It’s crazy.”

Under Armour, Nike or Adidas: Under Armour.

Sports idol: “I don’t have one. I try to model my game after everybody. I see little details that I can tweak and try.”

Preferred social media: Facebook.

Favorite musician/band: Drake.

Celebrity crush: Nicki Minaj.

Most used emoji: 

Mannequin Challenge or Running Man Challenge: Mannequin Challenge.

Junior highlights:

Notre Dame defensive tackle commit Darnell Ewell. (Photo courtesy of The Virginian-Pilot/The' N. Pham)