Sport Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 18 Nana Osafo-Mensah, junior defensive end
Notre Dame completes quartet of four-star linebackers with commitment from Jaylen Sneed
The second level of Notre Dame's defense should be stocked for years to come with the Irish class of 2022 now including 4 four-star linebackers.To be clear, that is not possible, particularly at linebacker, where a fourth four-star linebacker should simply lead to relentless depth in future years, particularly when combined with incoming freshman Prince Kollie, named the best high school linebacker in the country in 2020.
Listed measurements: 6-foot-3 ⅛, 249 pounds. 2021-22 year, eligibility: A junior, Osafo-Mensah’s eligibility clock has not yet started ticking, leaving him with four seasons remaining if so wanted. Depth Chart: Fifth-year Recruiting: ’s move to “Big” end from defensive tackle knocks Osafo-Mensah down to third on the depth chart, with senior Justin Ademilola fitting in between the two hyphens.The consensus four-star prospect and All-American, Osafo-Mensah chose Notre Dame over his homestate Texas. Rivals.com rated him the No. 9 defensive end in the class and No. 200 recruit overall upon his signing, though a poor showing at the All-American Bowl dropped that positional ranking to No. 23 and the national slotting off the board. Consider those drastic movements a ripe example of the reactionary nature of recruiting rankings.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 19 Jay Bramblett, junior punter
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CAREER TO DATE An early enrollee in 2019, Osafo-Mensah saw the field in a pair of 52-point blowouts, making one tackle against New Mexico, as a freshman before a knee injury last August cost him the 2020 season.
Osafo-Mensah’s rehab progressed quickly enough to practice in December, but he missed the entire season, all the same.
QUOTES Thanks to that knee injury, all anyone outside the program can do is speculate about Osafo-Mensah’s near- and long-term futures, but within the program, the comparisons are complimentary.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 19 Justin Ademilola, senior defensive end
Justin Ademilola may have arrived at Notre Dame as a recruiting afterthought, but the senior defense may leave the Irish as a mutli-year contributor.NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS The early usages of NIL rights have showcased some twins to great profits, and the Ademilola twins are following that trend.
“Nana has done a nice job for us,” Irish head coach said in late April. “[Defensive line coach Mike] Elston is cross-training him at both the defensive tackle and the defensive end positions, as a big-bodied guy. He’s done a really nice job in the weight room, he’s physically strong.
“He has some traits to him in terms of pass rush and physicality. He’s had a really good spring for us.”
2021 OUTLOOK A Kareem comparison can go beyond Osafo-Mensah’s large frame and possible positional versatility. Kareem had to wait to get his chance at a starting role, as well, only coming his junior season. Osafo-Mensah will not get that opportunity this year, but he may finally see a moment to contribute.
Elston insists on rotating vast portions of his defensive line, sometimes swapping out the entire line. Going three-deep at the Big end position will aid that cause, and presuming health, Osafo-Mensah should be up to that task, at the absolute least.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 14 Kyle Hamilton, junior safety, preseason All-American, top 2022 draft prospect
There is no debate about who Notre Dame's best player is, and in his final season with the Irish, junior safety Kyle Hamilton should prove that every week.Despite that late recruiting rise, the Irish pursued Hamilton relatively early in the cycle, before that ratings bump, thanks to a tip from a friend of former safeties coach Terry Joseph when he was still coaching at North Carolina, closer to Hamilton’s home of Atlanta. Joseph arrived at Notre Dame in the winter of 2017 and began his pursuit of Hamilton in earnest halfway through Hamilton’s junior year. He had shined on the field, but that camp boost had not yet occurred.
Recruited partly because of his quickness, an agility that has shown itself in practices the last two years when Osafo-Mensah has able to practice, he could benefit from being third on that depth chart. If offensive linemen are worn down by Tagovailoa-Amosa and Ademilola, while the third defensive end is not only similarly potent but also fresh, then Osafo-Mensah may find himself in the opponent’s backfield a few times.
A few tackles for loss would resonate more than a dozen total tackles would, setting up Osafo-Mensah to further impress in 2022.
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DOWN THE ROAD Every expectation suggests Tagovailoa-Amosa will try his hand at the NFL next year despite having eligibility remaining thanks to the universal pandemic eligibility waiver. That will leave Ademilola and Osafo-Mensah to compete.
The greatest likelihood is they split time with Ademilola the nominal starter, but Elston will not insist on that if Osafo-Mensah performs better than his counterpart. Given how little has been seen of Osafo-Mensah — it should be reminded, he was a significant recruit — playing his way into starting duties in 2022 and 2023 is within the realm of possibility.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 32 Prince Kollie, freshman linebacker, Butkus Award winner
Considered perhaps the next great Irish linebacker, freshman Prince Kollie arrives at Notre Dame with time to grow into those expectations.But Lea went out of his way to reassure Kollie as he put together his own first recruiting class with the Commodores, making it clear to the Butkus Award winner (best high school linebacker) that Notre Dame was where he belonged.
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Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 13 Paul Moala, senior linebacker coming off an Achilles injury
Paul Moala suffered a devastating injury early in the 2020 season, but somehow the senior Rover may already be back at full-strength for Notre Dame.NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS When it comes down to it, they are college athletes. This does not need to be complicated. There are best-case sponsorships.
Judge Overrules Prosecutors, Charges Cop With Homicide in 2016 Shooting of Jay Anderson Jr.
Judge Glenn Yamahiro charged the officer with negligent use of a weapon in shooting and killing Jay Anderson Jr. Anderson's family had used a lesser-known provision in Wisconsin law to get the judge to reexamine the case, the Associated Press reported. For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.Mensah, who is also Black, discovered the 25-year-old Anderson sleeping in his car after hours in a park in Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee suburb. Mensah said he shot Anderson after Anderson reached for a gun.
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Judge finds probable cause to charge police officer with homicide .
A Wisconsin judge finds probable cause to charge police officer Joseph Mensah, who was previously cleared by a district attorney in a fatal shooting. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro said at a hearing that there is probable cause that former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah committed the crime of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon when he killed 25-year-old Jay Anderson Jr. in 2016.