DT Howard Cross III

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DT HOWARD CROSS III, 6-1, 265; MONTVALE (N.J.) ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL

Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 27 SDE.

247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 29 SDE, No. 381 overall.

Notable numbers: 76 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a senior.

Birthday: July 31, 2001.

First scholarship offer: Maryland. 

Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: "When I went there (in April). I had heard all these things. I just sat down, looked at the whole place and thought, 'Man, this is a great place.'"

One word to describe Brian Kelly: Great. 

The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: "The stress of trying to get my homework done while coaches are trying to talk to you. And just making sure you are talking to every coach. Every single day, I missed talking to at least one coach. It messed everything up."

Best player I’ve played against: N.C. State OL Joshua Fedd-Jackson. 

The last thing you watched on Netflix: "American Horror Story." 

Most embarrassing song on my playlist: "I listen to a lot of country music. I'm not sure if that counts." He says he listens to Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.

Dream job (other than the NFL): "Probably being a CEO of a company."

NFL player comparison: Rams DT Aaron Donald. "He's short, fast off the ball and has everything I've got a little bit."

Expectations for my freshman season: "Nothing big, obviously. It's college, which is a different monster. Getting some playing time would be pretty cool. I wouldn't mind getting stronger, but I also wouldn't mind playing."

Favorite football accomplishment: "Winning the state championship with my team against our rival our senior year."

Under Armour, Nike or Adidas: Under Armour. 

What was the first position you played in football? Tight end and offensive guard.

What’s your best sport other than football? Track.

Sports idol: J.J. Watt.

Preferred social media: Snapchat. 

Favorite musician/band: Kendrick Lamar.

Celebrity crush: Rihanna. 

How many times have you watched Rudy? Once. "I watched it like last week, too."

Most used emoji: 

How many pets do you have? None.

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional’s Howard Cross III, Notre Dame’s 2019 signee, will join the Irish team in June.