2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Houston Griffith
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).
Griffith 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 playing at Mount Carmel High School in the Chicago suburbs through his junior season, Griffith transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and played his senior year under for Warren Central and Carmel High School coach Kevin Wright.
The 6-foot, 194-pound defensive back helped IMG to a 9-0 record and the No. 2 national ranking by MaxPreps.
Griffith totaled 28 tackles and a couple of passes defended as a senior.
He was committed to play at Florida State, but decommitted in late November and flipped to Notre Dame following the Seminole coaching change.
Griffith is the son of former Illinois running back great Howard Griffith.
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Griffith brings athleticism and size to the Irish secondary, which allows the Notre Dame coaching staff to think of him in versatile terms.
Griffith has the ability to play corner, but could also be placed in a nickel situation, or could even get a look at safety.
He may find a quick role in the Irish special teams, as well in 2018.
Rivals really thought highly of Griffith and had him rated as the 35th best player in the nation overall, as well as the third cornerback nationally and ninth best player from the state of Florida.
ESPN had him rated as the 10th best cornerback nationally, while 247Sports thought he was the 11th best.
If Griffith is on the field significantly in 2018 it will be because he is truly special. That is because the Notre Dame secondary is loaded with experience and talent.
All four starters return for Notre Dame in corners Julian Love and Troy pride Jr., as well as safeties Nick Coleman and Jalen Elliott.
In addition, all four reserves come back in 2018 in corners Nick Watkins and Shaun Crawford, as well as safeties Isaiah Robertson and Devin Studstill.
Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said last month that Navy transfer Alohi Gilman will be expected to start at safety next September, while D.J. Morgan will compete at safety and Jordan Genmark-Heath at corner.
The Irish secondary is simply loaded for the next few seasons.
BRIAN KELLY SAYS
“I think Houston has the natural ability to play corner for us,” Kelly said on National Signing Day last month. “But you know, we are going to bring in young men that have the athletic ability to play at corner, but we’re going to develop them, and as they progress in our program, we never close the door on where they can be best suited as they move through the program and look toward a career at the next level.
“He could be a corner, he could be, or he may play nickel for us. He could be a safety at the next level, but he certainly has the skill set to play corner for us.”
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