Notebook: DE target Aeneas DiCosmo puts Notre Dame in top five

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame already landed one defensive end out of New Jersey in the 2019 class when Howard Cross III verbally committed on April 22.

Can the Irish add another? They appear to be in good shape with three-star defensive end Aeneas DiCosmo.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound recruit included the Irish as one of his top five schools in a tweet Tuesday. Notre Dame was joined by Stanford, Clemson, Michigan and Northwestern.

DiCosmo, a junior at Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, added a Notre Dame offer on April 3. He previously attended the Irish Invasion last year and plans to return for an official visit on June 15.

As a junior, DiCosmo totaled 56 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and one fumble returned for a touchdown. Rivals ranks DiCosmo as the No. 42 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him No. 51 at the position.

DiCosmo wasn't the only recruit to include Notre Dame on a top list lately. Wide receivers TJ Sheffield and Demariyon Houston did the same.

Sheffield named the Irish in his top eight on Monday alongside Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Louisville, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Arkansas. The 5-10, 164-pound junior at Thompson's Station (Tenn.) Independence visited Notre Dame in January not long after the Irish offered him. He caught 56 passes for 840 yards and five touchdowns last season.

247Sports slates Sheffield as a four-star recruit and the No. 38 wide receiver. Rivals rates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 48 wide receiver.

Houston's longer list — a top 12 — from Sunday included Texas, Alabama, Auburn, TCU, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Minnesota. The 6-0, 165-pound junior also received a Notre Dame offer in January.

Houston, a four-star recruit, tallied 20 catches for 534 yards and seven touchdowns last season at Oklahoma City Millwood. 247Sports slates Houston as the No. 26 wide receiver in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him No. 29.

Committed elsewhere

The last week also included a number of early Notre Dame recruiting targets in the 2019 class committing to other schools. Here's a rundown of the latest decisions that didn't go the way of the Irish.

• LB Keith Maguire, 6-2, 215; Malvern (Pa.) Prep: Maguire, who received a Notre Dame offer on a visit in January, committed to Clemson on Friday.

Rivals: Three stars, No. 14 ILB. | 247Sports: Three stars, No. 30 OLB.

• DE Adam Berghorst, 6-7, 245; Zeeland (Mich.) East: Berghorst made unofficial visits to Notre Dame in February and March, but he sided with Michigan State on Sunday. He plans to play football and baseball with the Spartans.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 42 SDE. | Rivals: Three stars, No. 43 SDE.

• DE Cade Stover, 6-4, 230; Lexington (Ohio) High: Stover, who attended a Notre Dame home game in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, decided to stay home and play for Ohio State. He committed to the Buckeyes on Sunday.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 6 WDE. | 247Sports: Four stars, No. 5 OLB.

• DB Kenyatta Watson II, 6-2, 168; Loganville (Ga.) Grayson: Watson committed to Texas on Tuesday as expected. The Irish were co-finalists with the Longhorns, but Watson's recruitment with Notre Dame sputtered after a planned unofficial visit and official visit never happened this spring. Notre Dame's additions of safeties Litchfield Ajavon and Kyle Hamilton lessened the need for Watson.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 13 CB. | 247Sports: Three stars, No. 45 CB.

Three-star defensive end Aeneas DiCosmo, a 2018 recruit, named Notre Dame as one of his top five schools on Monday.