April 19, 2008

Another big commit for ND

On the same day the Notre Dame Fighting Irish landed the nation's No. 3 player, running back Cierre Wood from California, the Irish also added big-time help on the defensive side of the ball with one of the nation's top defensive tackles. Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School tackle Tyler Stockton decided to end the process this weekend as well.

"This is like the third or fourth time I've been on campus so I feel it's a good time to make this decision," said the 6-foot-1, 290-pounder. "Meeting with Jappy Oliver and Charlie Weis and talking about how I fit in and getting a good feel for them as well as the other coaches, some of the 2008 recruits and current players, it all fell into place. This is where I wanted to be. They've always been my No. 1."

Stockton is a great fit for Notre Dame's 3-4 defense.

"I also talked with my recruiting coach John Latina and defensive coordinator Corwin Brown about how I'd fit and they want me on the nose which is perfect," he said. "We play a 3-4 at Hun so I'm comfortable with that role and with my first step and use of my hands I think I can get to the passer and runner in the backfield."

There were other reasons for his choice of Notre Dame.

"Obviously academics played a role and the great football tradition," he said. "I wanted a place where I could get a degree that meant something so if the NFL didn't work out, which is every player's dream, I'd have something to fall back on where I could get a job anyplace in the country."

Stockton met current commits Jake Golic and Cierre Wood and hit it off with both as well as 2008 signees Mike Golic, Dayne Crist and others.

"Everyone seems to be like minded here and I feel I fit in well," he said. "I beat the heck out of Cierre in Madden 2008 on PS2, we had fun. He was playing Jake and it was like 28-21 he was leading and I took over and beat him something like 42-28. He couldn't handle my defense. I was the Philadelphia Eagles and he was the Patriots and I picked Brady three times for touchdowns. I just read his offense too easily. We had a blast."

As a junior, Stockton had 68 tackles with 24 for a loss and nine sacks.

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