Four-star recruit DeaMonte Trayanum planning to attend Notre Dame season opener
MASSILLON, Ohio — Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and Notre Dame associate head coach Mike Elston both visited Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban on the same day in January.
They both came to the same conclusion that day: DeaMonte Trayanum deserved a scholarship offer.
Before Jan. 29, Trayanum hadn't received a scholarship offer from any college football programs. The sophomore running back/linebacker ended the day with offers from Ohio State and Notre Dame.
It signaled the unofficial start of what could be a long recruiting process for one of the top 2020 prospects in the Midwest. By the end of the week, Trayanum added offers from Michigan, Toledo and West Virginia.
The attention was likely to come after Trayanum was credited with nearly 150 tackles, 14 sacks, 850 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in his sophomore season, but the offer from Notre Dame still came as a surprise.
"It was really shocking, because it came out of the blue," Trayanum said. "Coach Mike Elston was in there to watch us lift. We talked for a quick second and then he gave my head coach the call later that night."
Trayanum has reciprocated the interest from the Irish. He's planning to attend the season opener in September against Michigan.
"Notre Dame is like an older sponsor to my school because my school resembles Notre Dame," Trayanum said. "If I wanted to stay in that atmosphere, that would be a great school for me to go to."
Some surrounding Trayanum have encouraged him to make a visit to Notre Dame.
"A lot of my teachers and a lot of the alumni at Hoban that went to Notre Dame told me how great of a school it is, and they want me to get that experience up there," Trayanum said.
The scheduled trip would be Trayanum's first to Notre Dame. The Irish will have to do some catching up to Ohio State and Michigan. Both have already hosted him for visits.
When asked what schools he's hearing a lot from, Trayanum mentioned Ohio State first. The coaching staff has made clear that they want him to stay in state. Will it be hard to tell the Buckeyes no?
"Very hard," Trayanum said.
Michigan will be trying to pull Trayanum away as well. His teammate, 2019 offensive lineman Nolan Rumler, has been committed to the Wolverines since July.
"It's always that tension between O State and Michigan," Trayanum said. "Both are great places for athletes to go."
Trayanum may be best classified as an athlete at this point of the recruiting process. Whether the 5-foot-11, 212-pound prospect is asked to play running back or linebacker in college remains to be seen. 247Sports slates Trayanum as a four-star recruit and the No. 10 outside linebacker in the 2020 class.
At Saturday's The Opening Regional in Massillon, Ohio, Trayanum participated as a running back. That's his position of preference at this point, but he's remaining open to the possibility of playing linebacker too. Trayanum said Notre Dame hasn't made clear what position he would play for the Irish.
Rather than worrying about his position, Trayanum has put more consideration into what he's looking for in the recruiting process. Since the end of January, he's had no choice but to be immersed in it. That's what happens when Ohio State and Notre Dame come calling.
"What I'm really looking for is a stable coaching staff," Trayanum said, "if I'm able to still play there if another coach leaves, education and overall the environment of the school."