How excited is Jaylon Smith about being honored Friday with an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl?
About as excited he is to join his fellow recruits at Notre Dame.
The Bishop Luers linebacker received his All-American Bowl jersey during a pep rally in front of the entire school, one of about 90 players who will receive the honor around the country this season.
Afterward, he was beaming about a recruiting class that numbers at 21 and is currently ranked No. 4 in the country by Rivals.com.
“We are all together, we know what it takes to be successful,” Smith said. “We are just trying to bring some more guys on.”
With the addition of four-star wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. last weekend, Coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have another top class lined up for Signing Day in February. With just a few spots remaining in this class, Smith is doing his best to bring more elite prep talent into the fold.
Last week at the game against Michigan, Smith was the host of L.J. Smith, a four-star safety out of California.
“I have been at every home game this year,I have not missed one yet,” Smith said. “I'm looking forward to continuing this run we got going on.”
Smith is the jewel of the Fighting Irish recruiting class, but still is looking at the few remaining weeks of his high school career.
“You can never be satisfied,” Smith said. “This is a dream come true.”