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Notre Dame loses defensive end commit

Notre Dame lost a commitment from its 2014 recruiting class Thursday.

Matt Dickerson, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Juniperro Serra in San Mateo, Calif., decided to switch his pledge to UCLA, according to 247Sports.

Dickerson is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and

He could have been in line to play right away at Notre Dame after the defensive line has been thinned by recent departures.

Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III both decided to enter the NFL draft instead of returning for their final year of eligibility, and the Irish lose swingman Kona Schwenke to graduation.

The Irish have three defensive ends remaining in their recruiting class in Grant Blakenship, Justin Bonner and Andrew Trumbetti along with four-star defensive tackle Jay Hayes.

Notre Dame now has 22 members in its 2014 recruiting class, a group that includes Carroll linebacker Drue Tranquill.

2014 Notre Dame oral commitments

Alex Bars, OL, 6-6, 290, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

Grant Blakenship, DE, 6-5, 230, The Colony, The Colony, Texas

Justin Bonner, DE, 6-3, 253, Parkway Central, Chesterfield, Mo.

Justin Brent, WR, 6-3, 193, Speedway, Indianapolis

Jimmy Byrne, OL, 6-4, 275, St. Ignatius, Cleveland

Jay Hayes, DT, 6-5, 270, Poly Prep, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kolin Hill, LB, 6-2, 222, Samuel Clemens, Schertz, Texas.

Cory Holmes, WR, 6-2, 174, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DeShone Kizer, QB, 6-4, 205, Central Catholic, Toledo, Ohio

Tyler Luatua, TE, 6-4, 230, La Mirada, La Mirada, Calif.

Greer Martini, LB, 6-3, 230, Woodberry Forest, Woodberry Forest, Va.

Nyles Morgan, LB, 6-2, 225, Crete-Monee, Crete, Ill.

Sam Mustipher, OL, 6-4, 286, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md.

Quenton Nelson, OL, 6-5, 282, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, N.J.

Tyler Newsome, K/P, 6-3, 190, Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Ga.

Niles Sykes, LB, 6-1, 219, Montini Catholic, Lombard, Ill.

Drue Tranquill, LB, 6-2, 210, Carroll

Andrew Trumbetti, DE, 6-5, 249, Demarest, Demarest, N.J.

Nick Watkins, CB, 6-1, 185, Bishop Dunne Catholic, Dallas

Nic Weishar, TE, 6-5, 215, Marist, Midlothian, Ill.

Jhonny Williams, LB, 6-6, 230, Berrien Springs, Berrien Springs, Mich.

Richard Yeargin III, LB, 6-4, 225, University School of Nova South, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.