Ramsey (N.J) Don Bosco defensive end Justin Trattou had been a Notre Dame commitment for quite some time. However, the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder took an official visit to Florida last weekend and has been the subject of rumors ever since.
"I committed to Florida today," said Trattou. "Coach Weis was in yesterday and coach Meyer was in today and I just feel I fit better in Florida's system. To see what those defensive ends can do and how they play at Florida is more of my style of play."
Rumors of Notre Dame moving to a 3-4 defense really worked against the Irish.
"They got their new defensive coordinator and I don't feel I fit into a 3-4 defense," he said. "I wanted to take an official visit to Florida anyhow, they called me a couple of days after they won the national title and I had never been on an official anyplace but Notre Dame so I felt I wanted to compare. It happened that Notre Dame hired their defensive coordinator around the same time as my visit so it was a blessing."
Trattou will join a couple of U.S. Army All American teammates in Gainesville.
"Aaron Hernandez and James Wilson are guys I hit it off with down in San Antonio," he said. "James was a USC commit at the time but he decided to take an official visit the same week as me and by then he was committed. And Aaron was already down there."
Is this decision final?
"Yes," he said. "I was going to take an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend but I just knew it wasn't the place for me anymore and I didn't want to waste anyone's time. I felt it would be best to let everyone know now so at least they can have some time before Signing Day."
Trattou said the decision to pick Florida over Notre Dame was a hard one.
"I have nothing negative to say about the Notre Dame coaches," he said. "They treated me very well throughout the process and I have a great deal of respect for them. It just didn't work out and I look forward to some very crazy years at Florida. I am really looking forward to winning down there."