Film Study: Notre Dame DT commit Jayson Ademilola

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

DT Jayson Ademilola, 6-3, 288; Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep

The numbers: Ademilola tallied 86 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries in his junior season. St. Peter’s Prep (8-4) lost to Paramus Catholic in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 state championship.

The rankings: 247Sports – Four stars, No. 6 defensive tackle. Rivals – Four stars, No. 19 defensive tackle.


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First impression: Ademilola is a versatile threat on the line of scrimmage. He can clog holes and get after the quarterback with equal efficiency. Ademilola is Notre Dame’s most dynamic interior defensive line recruit since Sheldon Day.

Strengths: Ademilola doesn’t simply rely on brute strength as many defensive tackles do in high school. He uses quickness, footwork and hand combat to counter the offensive line. Ademilola is violent with his hands in disengaging from linemen trying to tie him up. He keeps his hands active when arriving at the ball in an effort to force turnovers. When Ademilola is working hard, he maintains leverage and prevents linemen from rooting him out of the way. His athleticism is rare for a defensive lineman his size, and he can change directions with relative ease. Ademilola is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback. He quickly locates his target after penetrating through the line of scrimmage and motors through the collision.

Proof of prowess: (:47) Ademilola shows his upper body strength by overpowering the offensive lineman with his arms. Once engaged, Ademilola focuses on the inside and knocks the lineman off balance on his way to the quarterback … (2:56) Ademilola makes his way past two offensive linemen before corralling the running back. He quickly side steps the lineman in front of him then knocks the pulling lineman off his path before finding the ball … (3:07) Sometimes determination is enough for Ademilola. The play isn’t pretty, but he forces the quarterback to get rid of the ball in a hurry. The opposing center starts the play by grabbing Ademilola’s facemask, but he doesn’t stop his pass rush. Both guards try to help block him, but Ademilola still pressures the quarterback.

Competition level: St. Peter’s Prep played against the best New Jersey had to offer in 2016. The Marauders faced the No. 1, No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 7 teams in the state. The rosters of Paramus Catholic, St. Joseph Regional, Don Bosco Prep, Bergen Catholic and DePaul Catholic were all loaded with future college football players. Ademilola played against Clemson offensive line signee Noah DeHond and Syracuse quarterback signee Tommy Devito. DeHond was joined by a pair of talented offensive line recruits in the 2018 class at The Peddie School – four-star center Daniel Dawkins and three-star guard Evan Lovell.

Left to prove: Ademilola doesn’t have many glaring holes in his game, which is why he’ll likely continue to ascend the rankings as he shows off his improvements. One thing he’ll need to focus on is maintaining a low pad level. He has a tendency of standing up a bit in one-on-one situations, but he usually corrects it quickly. If he can’t stay low consistently, offensive linemen will have more opportunities to control him and move him out of the way. It will be interesting to watch if Ademilola’s strength and quickness are at a high enough level that he can find playing time early at Notre Dame.


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Notre Dame 2018 defensive tackle commit Jayson Ademilola recently earned an invite to The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore. (photo courtesy Student Sports).