Less than 48 hours after announcing over Twitter that he would be visiting Notre Dame this weekend, defensive lineman Marcus Griffin has reportedly canceled his trip to Notre Dame and is no longer considering Notre Dame.
— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) January 23, 2014
Notre Dame coaches visited Griffin on Monday and things were looking good for the Irish with Notre Dame getting an official visit scheduled for this weekend on short notice. At the time an offer had not yet been extended to Griffin as Notre Dame had just received his transcripts. It was assumed at the time that an offer would be coming this weekend, but that does not appear to be the case now.
Coaches from Arizona were by Bellevue High School in Washington to visit with Griffin on Wednesday and now Arizona is in the mix for a visit this weekend instead of Notre Dame.
With Griffin off the board, Notre Dame’s list of late season defensive line targets just got a bit smaller. Scott reviewed all of the new defensive recruiting targets earlier today. This is unfortunate for Notre Dame as things were looking good here just 48 hours ago as Notre Dame searches for a replacement for Matt Dickerson in this year’s class after the California native decommitted two weeks ago.
Daniel Cage was going to visit Notre Dame mid-week this as well, but that visit got pushed back a week. As of now, Cage is still planning on visiting Notre Dame. Getting Cage on campus will be vital for the Notre Dame defensive staff since none of Chris Nelson, Michael Sawyers, or Pete Mokwuha currently have official visits scheduled to Notre Dame – that could change quickly however as we’ve seen with the visit schedule of Griffin.