Notebook: Fast-rising DE recruit Etinosa Reuben visiting Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Etinosa Reuben has had quite the week.

The three-star defensive end recruit added offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia in a three-day span starting Tuesday. Reuben will end his week with an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Saturday.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound junior at Riverside (Mo.) Park Hill South added a Notre Dame offer back in February before Reuben’s offer list started to expand rapidly. Reuben has taken advantage of the increased interest by making unofficial visits to Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa this year.

Reuben said he will be joined by his father on his visit to Notre Dame.

“He’s a good-sized ball player,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “He’s very active, very smart. He’s coming on strong. He could wind up playing defensive tackle. He’s the kind of guy (defensive line coach) Mike Elston is looking for. A guy that can disrupt the flow and be a very productive ball player.”

247Sports slates Reuben as the No. 25 strongside defensive end in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him No. 38 at the position.

This weekend will also be an important one for Notre Dame defensive end target NaNa Osafo-Mensah. The 6-4, 215-pound junior at Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic will be making an official visit to Texas. Osafo-Mensah plans to announce a commitment decision between Notre Dame and Texas on May 19.

The four-star recruit made an official visit to Notre Dame on April 14. This weekend will likely decide if the Irish can hold off the in-state push from the Longhorns.

247Sports slates Osafo-Mensah as the No. 6 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 6 outside linebacker.

Earlier this week, the Irish received some good news from another defensive end target. Aeneas DiCosmo, a 6-3, 220-pound junior at Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, included the Irish as one of his top five schools on Tuesday. Notre Dame was joined by Stanford, Clemson, Michigan and Northwestern.

DiCosmo received 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.

Correll top 4

Notre Dame’s pursuit of top offensive line recruits hasn’t ended with the three verbal commitments from Quinn Carroll, Andrew Kristofic and John Olmstead. The Irish are looking to add one or two more linemen to the 2019 class.

Zeke Correll, a 6-4, 260-pound junior at Cincinnati Anderson, is a prime candidate to fill one of the remaining spots. On Thursday, Correll put the Irish in his top four alongside Ohio State, Stanford and Clemson.

Notre Dame last hosted Correll for an unofficial visit in April. He also visited in March, attended the N.C. State game in October and plans to return in June for an official visit.

247Sports slates Correll as the No. 5 offensive guard in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him No. 12 at the position.

First 2021 offer

On Tuesday, linebacker Chazz Chambliss became the first recruit in the 2021 class to report an offer from Notre Dame. The 6-3, 225-pound freshman at Carrollton (Ga.) High added the offer on the same day Irish offensive coordinator Chip Long visited his school.

As a freshman, Chambliss was credited with 97 tackles, 25.5 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has already received offers from the likes of Georgia, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan.

Notre Dame recruited punter Tyler Newsome out of Carrollton in the 2014 class.

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Defensive line coach Mike Elston will have another chance to impress a visitor with three-star defensive end recruit Etinosa Reuben on campus Saturday.