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ELCA’s Rochell commits to Irish

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Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive end Isaac Rochelle (78) attempts to make one of his 97 tackles on the season last fall for the Chargers. Earlier this week, the rising senior committed to play at Notre Dame.

Jeff Hurndon Photography Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive end Isaac Rochelle (78) attempts to make one of his 97 tackles on the season last fall for the Chargers. Earlier this week, the rising senior committed to play at Notre Dame.

Southern Crescent commitments

Here is a list of football players from the area that have made a college verbal commitment.

Player School Pos. Commitment

A.J. Jackson Lovejoy TE Auburn

Travis Custis Lovejoy RB Georgia Tech

Keyante Green ELCA RB UCLA

Isaac Rochell ELCA DE Notre Dame

Courted by some of the top football programs in the country, Eagle’s Landing Christian rising senior Isaac Rochell has finally settled on his college choice.

Considered one of the top college prospects in the country, Rochell committed to Notre Dame earlier this week. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle/defensive end is considered a consensus top-150 prospect by all the major online recruiting services.

“He is a heck of an athlete,” said Keith Niebuhr, a Southeast Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. “You add his athleticism and intellegence and you have a heck of a prospect.”

Rochell would be the first football player from a Southern Crescent school to sign with the Fighting Irish since Lovejoy’s Darin Mitchell in 2001.

Most project Rochell as a defensive end on the college level. Last season in helping ELCA reach the Class A semifinals, he had 97 tackles and seven sacks. On the offensive side as a tackle, he graded out at 92 percent with 42 pancake blocks.

“I decided that I didn’t want to wait any longer because I can’t really see another school matching what Notre Dame has to offer,” Rochell told Irish Illustrated.

Rochell is the 14th commitment for the Irish for the Class of 2013, which is shaping up to be one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. All verbal commitments are non-binding until National Signing Day on February 6, when prospects can sign their letters-of-intent.

So far, four football players from the Southern Crescent have made verbal commitments to colleges. Rochell’s teammate, Keyante Green, a linebacker/running back, was the first from the area to make his college decision when he committed to UCLA earlier this spring.

Also committed from the area is Jonesboro’s defensive back Taurean Ferguson (Vanderbilt), Lovejoy’s A.J. Jackson (Auburn) and Lovejoy’s Travis Custis (Georgia Tech). Several other players from the area have Div. I offers.

Considered a four-star prospect by the recruiting services, Rochell is ranked as the No. 8 defensive end prospect by Rivals.com in the country. He is the No. 12 prospect at defensive end by both Scout.com and the ESPN 150 list.

“This is a big-time addition for Notre Dame,” Niebuhr said. “He gives teams a lot of options as you decide where to play him. I like him at offensive tackle because of his size potential and intelligence. He has a great future ahead.”