Notre Dame is coming off a recruiting class where it signed the nation's top tight end class, and the Irish staff is looking to do the same thing again in the 2018 class. Notre Dame already has a commitment from Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast four-star tight end George Takacs, and it hopes to soon add Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan tight end Tommy Tremble to the class.
Tremble announced on Twitter that he is down to a final six schools, and Notre Dame is one of the schools to make the cut, along with Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, UCLA and Fresno State, the first program to offer him a scholarship.
Blessed to have come down to these 6 schools...🙏🏽🕊 pic.twitter.com/iXJ1d3ubKF— Weapon-X 💉 (@TommyTrem) July 4, 2017
Tremble visited Notre Dame in the middle of June, soon after the Irish landed Takacs. He came away from that visit with a very strong opinion of the Notre Dame program.
“It was amazing with the coaching staff and the players,” Tremble told Blue & Gold Illustrated recruiting reporter Corey Bodden. “It was real funny talking with Coach Chip Long all day and talking about how he would use me in his playbook.
“It exceeded my expectations with how amazing the school and coaches actually were.”
The fact Notre Dame's offensive coordinator is also the tight end coach certainly didn't go unnoticed by Tremble.
“He showed me that his offense revolves around the tight end and with my speed I'd excel in it,” Tremble said. “That’s big because I want to showcase my skills and help the team as much as possible."
Tremble is not your typical standout tight end; he is a tremendous student that has offers from Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton and Pennsylvania along with Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. Notre Dame's combination of tradition on the football field and elite academics made a strong impression on the athletic tight end.
“They explained that their education was top notch in the country and said that they can help me further my education at an amazing institute,” Tremble explained to Bodden. “I think it was great they went in-depth in it.”
Notre Dame landed the nation's top tight end in the 2017 class in Brock Wright and Rivals No. 3 tight end in Cole Kmet. Landing Takacs in June meant the Irish had three Rivals250 tight ends in the last two classes. Tremble doesn't have the national prestige of those players, but it does not take very long to watch his film and know why Notre Dame and other top programs are pushing so hard to add him to their classes.
For the Irish, Tremble presents a unique combination of skills, making him the perfect complement not only to Takacs, but also the 2017 tight ends. None of the players in the 2017 or 2018 class have the speed and athleticism that Tremble brings to the game. He ran a 4.63 this summer at the Nike Football The Opening Regional in Atlanta, and that speed jumps off the screen.
Tremble has the athletic skills to line up out wide where he can use his speed and size to present cornerbacks and safeties with major problems. He also has the toughness and size potential to eventually put on the necessary weight and gain the necessary strength to line up in a wing position, tighter to the box or in the backfield. In those instances he will find himself matched up against more linebackers, who will have a very hard time keeping up with Tremble's speed.
With Notre Dame's desire to use multiple tight ends combined with its up-tempo offense the need for depth at tight end is obvious. Even with the commitment from Takacs, a talented tight end in his own right, Notre Dame kept pushing for Tremble.
Should the Irish add Tremble to the class it would give the program the potential to have the nation's premier group of tight ends in the country for the next four years.
Tremble ranks as the No. 2 tight end on the BGI Tight End Big Board.