Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 DE Aeneas DiCosmo Recaps Big Weekend

June 12, 2017

2019 Bergen Catholic (N.J.) defensive end Aeneas DiCosmo was fired up to compete at Notre Dame’s Irish Invasion camp, but an unexpected opportunity to camp at Northwestern presented itself and he couldn’t turn it down.

“It was a lot of fun,” DiCosmo told Irish Sports Daily. “Northwestern is a beautiful school and a great environment. I had a great time at the camp.”

The impulse decision to sign up for Northwestern’s camp paid off as the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder earned an offer from the Wildcats on Friday.  

“It’s great to have an offer from them,” stated DiCosmo. “It’s a fantastic academic school and the alumni base is great. I have a great opportunity with Northwestern.”

On Saturday, DiCosmo made his way to South Bend to compete inside Notre Dame Stadium, a place his father, Anthony DiCosmo, played in when he was a receiver for Boston College.  

“There was a lot of competition and great guys at Irish Invasion,” DiCosmo stated. “I got better and learned a lot.”

At Bergen Catholic, DiCosmo plays tight end and defensive end, but on Saturday, the Irish staff had him work out at linebacker.  

“It was my first time working at linebacker,” said DiCosmo. “It was a good learning experience for me. I was able to take a lot from it.

“I was little nervous, but I gave my all throughout the night. I think I did pretty well.”

Linebackers coach Clark Lea made the transition easy for DiCosmo and the three-star prospect felt comfortable with Lea’s message.

“He didn’t go too in-depth, but it was mostly going over the drills,” DiCosmo explained. “You could tell he is a great coach and knows a lot.”

DiCosmo stayed the night in South Bend and kicked things off on Sunday with a group meeting with head coach Brian Kelly.  

“He spoke to everyone as a group and explained the work that is getting done,” recalled DiCosmo. “He talked about the improvements they are making and it sounded awesome.”

After Kelly’s speech, DiCosmo got the chance to see the Notre Dame campus from top to bottom. The New Jersey native got to see the facilities and the historic Notre Dame landmarks.  

“It was beautiful,” DiCosmo stated. “There is so much history at the school. We got to see Touchdown Jesus, and it was enormous. The Golden Dome was just crazy.”

There is a good chance Notre Dame fans will see DiCosmo’s name again as it would be a surprise if he didn’t return for another visit before his recruitment is over.

“Coming into the trip, I didn’t know too much,” said DiCosmo. “Notre Dame exceeded my expectations. It’s a great place.”  

DiCosmo holds early offers from Boston College, Northwestern, Toledo, and Virginia.

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