Notre Dame Football: 2017 Freshman Breakdown – Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa gives Notre Dame a brute force on their defensive line.

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa – DE/DT – 6’4, 275 lbs. – Kapolei, HI – Kapolei HS

Notre Dame is getting arguably the best defensive lineman out of Hawaii in the ’17 class. His flexibility, position-wise, is extremely valuable to defensive line coach Mike Elston.

Tagovailoa-Amosa finished the recruiting season ranked as the #247 overall recruit and #10 SDE by 247 Sports. He racked up 51 tackles, and an eye-popping 34 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in his senior season.

You gotta like those numbers.

M.T.A. chose Notre Dame on signing day over offers from USC, Oregon, Washington, Vanderbilt, Navy and many more that made up a list of 15 offers.

The Tagovailoa-Amosa family were blown away by Notre Dame, especially the staff, Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick and President Father Jenkins, during their visit. They took a final recruiting trip the weekend before National Signing Day with stops at Vanderbilt, Navy and ND.

Click here to watch Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa’s Hudl highlight film

M.T.A. has a very impressive skill set that jumps out at you on film. For a young man his size, he is surprisingly light on his feet.

He has sneaky athleticism. If offensive lineman underestimate him, he’ll beat them with his nifty spin move or another one of his polished pass rushing tools he possesses. A great thing about his pass rushing ability is that he can apply it from the edge or inside as a defensive tackle.

Aside from his athleticism and quickness, his most impressive attribute is probably his burst off the line. He has a tremendous first step which Brian Kelly mentioned he was very impressed with.

Projection

I expect Tagovailoa-Amosa to redshirt this year and really hammer down in the weight room. I’m thinking Matt Balis will have a great time shaping the physical specimen that Myron is. The depth on the defensive line is such that true freshman shouldn’t be forced to play in ’17.

Although Tagovailoa-Amosa has plenty of evident talent, he’s tricky to project due to the fact that he may or may not grow into a 300+ pound behemoth.

Judging by pictures of his father, it’s very possible that he becomes a big, gap stuffing, Hawaiian defensive tackle you often see in Utah’s front 7.

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