Notre Dame gets the letter: Jack Lamb, consensus four-star linebacker


Great Oak High School; Temecula, Calif.

Measurements: 6’4”, 224 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus four-star; No. 2 inside linebacker in the class per rivals.com, No. 10 prospect in California and No. 77 in the country overall; Under Armour All-American.

Other Notable Offers: Lamb chose Notre Dame over UCLA, with most of the Pac 10 chasing the West Coast product.

Projected Position: Inside linebacker.

Quick Take: Lamb will provide immediate depth at a position surprisingly lacking in the commodity. A physical linebacker with solid football instincts, Lamb should work his way up the depth chart in short order.

Short-Term Roster Outlook: Lamb might jump the current freshman duo of Drew White and David Adams. At that point, he could be in the linebacker rotation by the end of September, especially pending junior Te’von Coney’s decision regarding the NFL Draft.

Long-View Depth Chart Impact: Lamb does not arrive at Notre Dame as heralded as a Te’o, a Jaylon Smith or a Nyles Morgan, but he could fit into that line of talent before his time is done. There is no glaring weakness in his game, and he has physical traits begging for proper development.

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    Notre Dame gets the letters: Kevin Austin and Micah Jones, four-star receivers



    North Broward Prep; Pompano Beach, Fla.

    Measurements: 6’3”, 185 lbs.

    Accolades: Consensus four-star; No. 14 receiver in the class per rivals.com, No. 20 prospect in Florida and No. 81 in the country overall; Offense-Defense All-American.

    Other Notable Offers: Austin narrowed his finalists down to Duke, Miami and Tennessee with Notre Dame prevailing while Clemson, Michigan, Oregon and many others chased the deep threat.

    Projected Position: Receiver, possibly the field position, forcing a defense to devote a safety to over-the-top coverage.

    Quick Take: Austin’s mix of good speed with overall athleticism makes his future a tantalizing one.

    Short-Term Roster Outlook: Austin could force Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long to look his way early on, especially considering the inconsistent efforts from the Irish receivers this past season. The Florida recruit appears to offer just about every fundamental necessary.

    Long-View Depth Chart Impact: On the surface, Notre Dame’s receiver corps is a young one aside from current juniors Equanimeous St. Brown and Miles Boykin. A closer look reveals the obvious nature of how few of those receivers have offered genuine contributions, leaving the door wide open for Austin to step through. He will not usurp sophomores Kevin Stepherson or Chase Claypool, but he could complement them quite well.


    Micah Jones

    Warren Township High School; Gurnee, Ill.

    Measurements: 6’5”, 205 lbs.

    Accolades: Rivals.com four-star; No. 36 receiver in the country, No. 2 prospect in Illinois and No. 179 overall.

    Other Notable Offers: Half the Big Ten chased Jones, including Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota, while both Mississippi and Mississippi State showed interest.

    Projected Position: Receiver, possibly the boundary position due to his ability to outmuscle most defensive backs.

    Quick Take: Jones’ size and strong hands made him a priority for Notre Dame. In today’s version of football, no team can have enough receivers, but Jones is more than simply a fill-in.

    Short-Term Roster Outlook: One of the two receivers is likely to spend 2018 preserving a year of eligibility, just given Irish coach Brian Kelly’s track record. Looking at Boykin and Claypool as comparable to Jones, at least in size, it seems likely he spends the year on the sideline.

    Long-View Depth Chart Impact: A veritable size option on the outside has long been a necessity for Kelly (see: Michael Floyd, DaVaris Daniels, Claypool), even often relying on tight ends (see: Tyler Eifert) for that capacity. Jones should slide into that role at some point and then develop his utility to the offense from there.

    Notre Dame gets the letter: Phil Jurkovec, consensus four-star quarterback



    Pine-Richland High School; Gibsonia, Pa.

    Measurements: 6’5”, 200 lbs.

    Accolades: Consensus four-star; No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the class per rivals.com, No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania and No. 55 overall in the country; U.S. Army All-American.

    Other Notable Offers: Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson lead the pack, even though Jurkovec committed to Notre Dame in May of his sophomore year, the first pledge in the class.

    Projected Position: Quarterback.

    Quick Take: Every description of Jurkovec may praise both his arm and his legs, but the lanky quarterback’s passing prowess is his greatest strength. His running game keeps defenses honest, furthering his ability to pick them apart over the top.

    Short-Term Roster Outlook: Jurkovec’s high school career could not have been much better, but that does not mean he will be in the mix at quarterback from day one. It is more likely he spends his freshman year preserving eligibility and perhaps remains mired behind current junior Brandon Wimbush through 2019.

    Long-View Depth Chart Impact: It is also possible Jurkovec presses for playing time in 2018. If that is the case, it about sums up the long-term effect of his signing. If that day does not come until 2019 or 2020, though, it will still come. Unless every expectation of Jurkovec is entirely misguided, he will be Notre Dame’s starting quarterback at some point in the foreseeable future.

    Notre Dame gets the letters: Jayson and Justin Ademilola, twin defensive linemen



    St. Peter’s Prep; Jersey City, N.J.

    Measurements: 6’3”, 290 lbs.

    Accolades: Consensus four-star; No. 13 defensive tackle per rivals.com, No. 5 prospect in New Jersey and No. 219 overall; U.S. Army All-American.

    Other Notable Offers: Michigan and Alabama each spent notable time chasing the more highly-touted Ademilola twin, also with offers from Georgia, Auburn and Ohio State.

    Projected Position: Defensive tackle.

    Quick Take: Ademilola may not be ready for the physical demands of a full collegiate game, but he should already be able to make his presence felt on a series-by-series basis. He can both absorb blocks and provide some pressure on the opposing quarterback.

    Short-Term Roster Outlook: This time a year ago, Notre Dame looked at the defensive tackle position as a desert wasteland. The emergence of current freshmen Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Kurt Hinish, the former especially, eased some of those concerns. Freshman Darnell Ewell will join that fray in 2018, the most-anticipated prospect out of high school of the three.

    Nonetheless, the Irish need defensive tackles and need them badly. Junior Jerry Tillery may yet head to the NFL, only exacerbating that positional desperation. Ademilola will have a chance to contribute right away.

    Long-View Depth Chart Impact: If granting the premise a top-tier defensive line needs four quality defensive tackles to rotate, Ademilola should be in the mix for a number of years.



    St. Peter’s Prep; Jersey City, N.J.

    Measurements: 6’3”, 234 lbs.

    Accolades: Consensus three-star; No. 34 defensive end per rivals.com and No. 34 prospect in New Jersey.

    Other Notable Offers: Ademilola received offers from enough blue blood programs to erase any doubt about the veracity of his recruitment. Alabama, Clemson and Miami (FL) do not exactly give away defensive linemen positions, after all.

    Projected Position: Defensive end.

    Quick Take: When a program is not in need at a position yet makes a player a priority, nonetheless, that speaks to the theoretical quality of the recruit. Such would seem to be the case with Ademilola and defensive end.

    Short-Term Roster Outlook: The flipside to such a recruitment is it may be difficult for Ademilola to break into the rotation in 2018 with four current sophomores strengthening their grips on the position each time they take the field. If he does force the issue, it will be due to his aptitude in defending the run, compared to those sophomores’ proven pass-rushing tendencies.

    Long-View Depth Chart Impact: Once current senior Jay Hayes moves on following the 2018 season — although it is not entirely assured he will return for a fifth year — another body will be needed in the rotation. Ademilola will be competing with the likes of freshman Kofi Wardlow for that honor.

    Notre Dame gets the letter: Houston Griffith, consensus four-star safety



    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

    Measurements: 6’1”, 192 lbs.

    Accolades: Consensus four-star; No. 3 safety per rivals.com, No. 9 prospect in Florida and No. 35 in country; Under Armour All-American.

    Other Notable Offers: Originally committed to Florida State in early October before reopening recruitment in late November, Griffith held scholarship offers from most of the rest of the country’s finest, including Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State.

    Projected Position: Safety.

    Quick Take: Griffith has a frame that could fit at either cornerback or safety, presenting some flexibility moving forward. At either position, his overall athleticism will aid him, complemented by a good amount of unteachable speed.

    Short-Term Roster Outlook: Notre Dame needs an influx of performance at the safety position. Whoever can provide it will immediately see playing time. Griffith very well might be that option from day one, especially as an expected early enrollee.

    Long-View Depth Chart Impact: If not starting from the outset, Griffith will have a chance to impress for future chances by contributing on special teams in 2018.

    Presumably, such a scenario would indicate current junior Nick Coleman holds onto his starting role. He will be out of eligibility in two years, meaning Griffith will either spend some time at cornerback or need to bide his time before stepping forward.