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  • '19 NJ DE Howard Cross (Notre Dame Signee)

    DE
    Montvale, NJ
    St Joseph Regional


    Measurements:
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 240

    Rankings:

    247 Comp: ... 4* ..... #21 SDE ..... #250 OA ..... .9141 rating
    247: ............. 4* ..... #27 SDE ..... #312 OA ...... 90
    Rivals: .......... 4* ..... #26 SDE ..... #238 OA
    ESPN: ........... 4* ..... #22 DE ....... #188 OA

    Offers:
    Notre Dame
    BC
    Duke
    VT
    Illini
    Maryland
    Mich
    Minny
    NC St
    Pitt
    Rice
    Rutgers
    Syracuse
    Tenn

    Media Links:

    Twitter = https://twitter.com/howardcrossiii

    Hudl = Howard Cross - Hudl

    Highlights:

    <iframe src='//www.hudl.com/embed/video/3/8124422/5a3c39b9bee17e0be475def6' width='640' height='360' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe>
    Last edited by clashmore_mike; 12-19-2018, 08:31 AM.

  • #3
    Jr Stats: 103 Tkl ... 10 TFL ... 5.5 Sks

    A lot info in 2019 Mater List thread.

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    • #5
      Watched his film and I wish he showed more pass rush in his film. He can stop the run well. His motor is unbelievable. He never gives up on a play. He plays angry.

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      • #6
        Many of you seem to be to young to realize who this young man is...or realize how gritty and tough his father was/is. I'd sign this kids up every day of the week and twice on Sundays if he is half as good and tough as his father.

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        • #7
          Didn't realize it but the day before ND offered, the Duke analysts threw CB's to the Blue Devils.

          Reading tweets and freebie stories from the Eastcoast it sounds like he's all over this offer, much more than DiCosmo is. If this is commitable, he could visit and be wrapped up quick. Hopefully some of Dad's 6-5/270 genes start kicking in if so.

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          • #8
            <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotreDame?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Notre Dame</a> recently offered four-star defensive end Howard Cross. The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Top247?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Top247</a> standout wasted little time setting up a trip to South Bend. Complete details including analysis from <a href="https://twitter.com/BrianDohn247?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BrianDohn247</a>. <a href="https://t.co/7Wul1B8ZHt">https://t.co/7Wul1B8ZHt</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IrishIllustrated?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" >#IrishIllustrated</a><a href="https://twitter.com/247Sports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@247Sports</a> <a href="https://t.co/lvaIH7Q3X9">pic.twitter.com/lvaIH7Q3X9</a></p>&mdash; Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomLoy247/status/984124691400060930?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 11, 2018</a></blockquote>
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            CB from Loy
            Visiting 4/21 for Spring Game

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            • #9
              Is he an automatic take or Do they wait on others?

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              • #10
                Originally posted by NDIrish88 View Post
                Is he an automatic take or Do they wait on others?
                Are you asking what we'd do individually or what our opinion is of what ND should/will do?

                I'm looking forward to seeing his combine #'s from the Opening later today... That is if he participated, I've seen nothing saying he did.

                I think what you are getting here is smaller (currently) version of Joseph Anderon of Jay Hayes coming out of HS. I think he's a better athlete, he'll be able to put on weight but it could take two seasons to figure out where he fits as a player He plays against one of the toughest schedules in the country, has an elite pedigree... they'd be getting an A+ RKG

                In the end, if ND's lucky, maybe he's a mixture of Prince Shembo & Sheldon Day in size and performance? Sheldon was jut 6-1/250's as a Jr but as explosive for a DT/SDE as you'll ever find.

                Could also be very useful on special teams while waiting on his opportunity down the road.

                Hard to say no when you are taking 4.

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                • #11
                  I agree with Crus in that he’s a swing DL. Essentially a “Big” end that can slide inside. When taking 6-7 DL in a single class, it’s important that there is some flexibility, so I like that the staff is looking at guys that have that position flex.

                  If it were up to me, I’d take him. That still leaves you 3, maybe 4 spots. Take Colt Ellison and maybe Miamen, now you’ve got a good base to look for 1 or 2 to complete the class. And still OV’s to spread around during the season.

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                  • #12
                    Ideally you want length.....that is why Aaron Donald ended up at Pitt, not Bama or OSU

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by snoopdog View Post
                      Ideally you want length.....that is why Aaron Donald ended up at Pitt, not Akron or Kent St
                      FIFY. Dude ended up at Pitt because NO other DI school offered

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by NDCrusader View Post
                        FIFY. Dude ended up at Pitt because NO other DI school offered
                        That was my exact point. Great athletes sometimes can fall through the cracks based on a missing trait, like height.

                        I wouldn't turn down a potential productive player based on them being 6'2". Donald is listed at 6'1" which is still a stretch. BUT...to many programs are to dogmatic in their approach to player traits.

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                        • #15
                          Wiltfong CB

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                          • #16
                            He says he wants visits but if he wants a spot, he may decide early. That’s the conventional wisdom.

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                            • #17
                              Committed.

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                              • #18
                                <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">COMMITTED ������ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoIrish?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoIrish </a> <a href="https://t.co/wMluq7gecZ">pic.twitter.com/wMluq7gecZ</a></p>&mdash; Howard Cross III (@HowardCrossIII) <a href="https://twitter.com/HowardCrossIII/status/988070192797413376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote>
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                                • #19
                                  Eureka!

                                  Strong side DE that holds the edge

                                  4star

                                  Great last name

                                  Big get. Great week

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                                  • #20
                                    BOOM!

                                    Obviously eating his Wheaties and dad's genes doing their thing. Has put on a ton of size recently. DE w/ DT potential.

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                                    • #21
                                      Freebie
                                      <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GIFs! <a href="https://twitter.com/jamieuyeyama?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jamieuyeyama</a> gives an in-depth look at 2019 four-star DE Howard Cross III. <a href="https://t.co/m8B2v0K4zf">https://t.co/m8B2v0K4zf</a></p>&mdash; Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) <a href="https://twitter.com/ISDUpdate/status/988071732836818944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote>
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                                      • #22
                                        Nice pickup here. This kid is only going to get bigger.

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                                        • #23
                                          Welcome HC!!!
                                          Our Lady Queen of Victory. #Bring back THE KOON!!!

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                                          • #24
                                            Congrats Howard. Welcome to ND!

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                                            • #25
                                              Congratulations to Howard and the entire Cross family! Big accomplishment, great things ahead!
                                              Maybe it's far too soon to tell.

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                                              • #26
                                                Congrats Howard...Welcome!! GO IRISH!

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                                                • #27
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                                                  Fan since Vagas Ferguson and Jerome Heavens!

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                                                  • #28
                                                    Wait.
                                                    His dad was an Alabama grad?

                                                    No offer from Bama?

                                                    (pass)

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                                                    • #29
                                                      He was smart to commit now. Spots are gonna start filling up soon on the DL

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                                                      • #30
                                                        Great week, great get.
                                                        Check out my blog building4thefuture.blogspot.com. Its all sports. Irish, NFL DRAFT PROSPECT PREVIEWS, Mets, Mavericks, and Islanders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                        • #31
                                                          Another good pick up.
                                                          Brotherhood may fade, but it will never run

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                                                          • #32
                                                            If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.

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                                                            • #33
                                                              Awesome! His dad is a class guy and one of my favorite all time Giants. Congratulations kid!

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                                                              • #34
                                                                Looks Skrong in the video. Nice pickup by the staff, should be a nice fit at ND. Welcome aboard.

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                                                                • #35
                                                                  I like this pickup but I just don't see a SDE, IMO his future is at DT were his size and skillset will be better utilized.

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                                                                  • #36
                                                                    Last week we had several people lamenting our recruiting and now they’re coming in droves.

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                                                                    • #37
                                                                      Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                                                                      Last week we had several people lamenting our recruiting and now they’re coming in droves.
                                                                      I know, right. Same thing every cycle. There is a period of time each spring where ND fans start freaking out about our lack of verbal commitments. Then we go on a run. Apparently the staff isn’t just super lazy, lol.

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                                                                      • #38
                                                                        Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                                                                        Last week we had several people lamenting our recruiting and now they’re coming in droves.
                                                                        I still stand by my opinions with a few recruitments this cycle. But it has been a great last few days and I'll give credit where credit is due.

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                                                                        • #39
                                                                          Cool beans

                                                                          Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk

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                                                                          • #40
                                                                            Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                                                                            Last week we had several people lamenting our recruiting and now they’re coming in droves.
                                                                            Trolls disappear when things are going well

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                                                                            • #41
                                                                              BGI podcast mentioned Cross committing at the SDE spot could have some filling up pressure for other recruits. Driskell mentioned Marcus Hicks, Rodas Johnson, and Adam Berghorst as 3 guys the staff is really high on, but there could only be 1 SDE spot left so it could be first come, first serve. I really hope Rodas Johnson pops to ND after his Penn State spring game visit. Cross was a great, great first step to add to the DE spot.

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                                                                              • #42
                                                                                Good for this kid. Hope he exceeds his own expectations and gets it all done.

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                                                                                • #43
                                                                                  Originally posted by NDMIA View Post
                                                                                  BGI podcast mentioned Cross committing at the SDE spot could have some filling up pressure for other recruits. Driskell mentioned Marcus Hicks, Rodas Johnson, and Adam Berghorst as 3 guys the staff is really high on, but there could only be 1 SDE spot left so it could be first come, first serve. I really hope Rodas Johnson pops to ND after his Penn State spring game visit. Cross was a great, great first step to add to the DE spot.
                                                                                  That doesn't make sense though. ND needs ends, and I'd argue that they need strongside ends more. The last 2 classes, ND took 1 DROP and 1 SDE in Wardlow and Justin Ade. I think NaNa can be a SDE but we're just robbing Peter to pay Paul at that point.
                                                                                  It's Just a Ride.

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                                                                                    Basic math of it is 13 scholarship players with eligibility left on the roster for the 2019 season. Add 6 DLineman in the class of 2019 and you have 19 guys with the possibility of 3-4 defection between now and September of 2019. The 6 guys in the class that people have said on the board is...

                                                                                    2 DT
                                                                                    Hunter Spears
                                                                                    Jacob Lacey

                                                                                    2 SDE
                                                                                    Howard Cross
                                                                                    (Rodas Johnson, Marcus Hicks, Adam Berghorst, Ty Robinson, etc.)

                                                                                    2 WDE
                                                                                    (Nana Osafo-Mensah, Zach Harrison, Joseph Wete, Joshua Pakola, Laiatu Latu, Beau Robbins, etc.)

                                                                                    I think originally it was planned to be 7 but someone mentioned earlier on the boards that instead of 3 DT and 4 DE’s it would be just 6 total guys with 2 DT. So I hope they get Rodas Johnson and then just spend the rest of their time focusing on WDE which is a huge huge priority. Maybe the biggest in this class.

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                                                                                    • #46
                                                                                      Welcome to Notre Dame Howard Cross!

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                                                                                      • #47
                                                                                        Originally posted by FightingIrishLover7 View Post
                                                                                        Wait.
                                                                                        His dad was an Alabama grad?

                                                                                        No offer from Bama?

                                                                                        (pass)

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                                                                                        Bama didn't pursue him. If he is anything like his dad was then I wish we would have. Good luck young man and ball out for the Irish.

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                                                                                          Nice addition to the class! Welcome to the Irish, Howard Cross!

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                                                                                            <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/HowardCrossIII?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HowardCrossII I</a> Congrats to Howard Cross, New Jersey&#39;s 2018 <a href="https://twitter.com/Gatorade?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Gatorade</a> State Football Player of the Year. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GatoradePOY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gat oradePOY</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SJRFB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SJRFB</a> <a href="https://t.co/QBnIAzM9TA">pic.twitter.com/QBnIAzM9TA</a></p>&mdash; Hudl (@Hudl) <a href="https://twitter.com/Hudl/status/1070666164739719169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 6, 2018</a></blockquote>
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                                                                                            • #50
                                                                                              Damnnnnn! This kid MOVES PEOPLE! I like it

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