2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Jack Lamb
The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 21 players from 13 different states last month during the inaugural “early signing period.”
News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit leading up to the traditional National Signing Day (Feb. 7).
Lamb is one of seven Fighting Irish recruits to have already enrolled and is now immersed in the off-season program in preparation for spring football in less than two months.
After suffering a patella injury in his season-opening game for Great Oak High School (Temecula, Calif.), Lamb rehabbed his way back to participate in four games, followed by a selection for the Under Armour All-America Game last month.
He finished the season with 48 tackles, six for a loss and a couple of sacks in four games. In a first-ever win for Great Oak over Vista Murrieta High, Lamb totaled an amazing 23 tackles.
He doesn’t have great weight yet, but he can build upon his 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame over the next eight months in preparation for the 2018 season.
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Lamb brings athleticism to the field and because of that, versatility for the Irish.
He’ll eventually be able to line up at multiple ‘backer spots, but will probably be on the perimeter because of his speed and agility.
The services rated him as a middle linebacker and Rivals thought so highly of him that he was rated as the second best middle linebacker in the entire country.
Lamb also was ranked by Rivals as the 10th best player overall from California, while 247Sports ranked him as the sixth best middle linebacker nationally and 17th player from California.
Lamb needs time to add weight and he’ll get that in South Bend. The Irish graduated linebackers Greer Martini and Nyles Morgan, but the depth chart doesn’t have many holes in it.
Rover back Drue Tranquill returns, as does the unit’s most productive player in Te’Von Coney.
Notre Dame has plenty of depth also in Jamir Jones, Asmar Bilal, Jonathan Jones and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
BRIAN KELLY SAYS
“You can see that (Lamb and fellow linebacker signee Ovie Oghoufo) are not just box players,” Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said on National Signing Day last month. “They can play outside the box. They are guys that are extremely athletic.”
“We would rather take them and then begin to hone in on where they can best fit in that defensive structure rather than saying ‘He’s a box player (and) that is all he can play.’ These guys give us flexibility to see how they’re going to fill out and develop.”
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