Notre Dame’s recruiting steam continued in full swing on Tuesday when Notre Dame added another elite defensive back to its 2018 recruiting class in the form of 4-star corner Houston Griffith. The one time Florida State commit selected Notre Dame over the Seminoles and Wisconsin and plans to sign in eight days and enroll early next month.
Notre Dame’s cornerback recruiting looked pretty grim a month ago, but oh my have things changed in a hurry for Notre Dame. Up until Sunday Notre Dame had just one commitment at corner in the form of developmental prospect Joe Wilkins with corner being a major position of need. In the last 48 hours, Notre Dame has landed a pair of potential elite corners in Griffith and Tariq Bracy who committed to Notre Dame on Sunday evening.
Like Bracy, Houston Griffith brings a lot of versatility to the Notre Dame roster – just in a different way. Bracy is an all purpose player who could play receiver or running back and help out in the return game all while also being a potential shutdown corner – the position Notre Dame recruited him for. Griffith on the other hand brings a lot of defensive versatility.
Houston Griffith can play any of the four defensive back positions in the Notre Dame secondary though he is ranked as a consensus 4-star cornerback by every recruiting service. 247Sports has Griffith as the #63 overall recruit in their composite rankings and 11th ranked corner.
Griffith spent his senior season at IMG Academy but he is originally a native of the Chicago area so he is very familiar with Notre Dame. That familiarity, however, was not enough to win him over originally. Notre Dame’s defensive struggles the past few seasons opened the door for other programs and they pounced. Florida State was able to secure a commitment from Griffith in October before their coaching turnover and Notre Dame’s defensive resurgence got Notre Dame back in the race.
With Griffith now in the class, Notre Dame has five commitments in the secondary with Griffith joining 4-star safety Derrik Allen as two of the crown jewels of the defensive class. Notre Dame also has Paul Moala at safety and Bracy and Wilkins at corner. Even with five defensive backs committed though, look for Notre Dame to still be active on the recruiting front in the secondary. Both Kyler Gordon and Noah Boykin are 4-star corners that Notre Dame is actively recruiting and would love to add.
Notre Dame entered the 2018 recruiting cycle with the secondary being a major area of concern and they have been doing a heck of a job filling their needs. With Griffith, Notre Dame just added a versatile and elite prospect who can help at a few different positions. He could play corner or potentially team with Derrik Allen to give Notre Dame its most highly rated safety duo in a long, long time. He also has the cover skills to play either corner position or in the slot.
In short, don’t be surprised to see Houston Griffith on the field for Notre Dame as early as next fall – especially since Griffith is an early enrollee and will take part in spring practice for Notre Dame.