2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Ja’Mion Franklin

2018 Notre Dame football defensive lineman signee Ja'Mion Franklin

2018 Notre Dame football defensive lineman signee Ja'Mion Franklin

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).

PLAYER

Ja’Mion Franklin

DETAILS

Notre Dame got great news this off-season in a variety of ways regarding its defensive line play moving forward.

Irish position coach Mike Elston was promoted once again to the position of assistant head coach, which will keep him in the fold for next season, while veteran Jerry Tillery re-upped his pledge to the program for another season, as opposed to trying to make the NFL.

Throw in the fact that Franklin committed, which should solidify the position for even further into the future and all is good in the Notre Dame trenches.

The Maryland native was very impressive for North Caroline High School (Ridgely, Maryland) and was named as his league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-1, 296-pound athlete registered 45 tackles (12 for a loss), had four sacks and as many forced fumbles, while even breaking up three passes last fall.

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SKILLS

Franklin possesses size, strength and the toughness necessary to get into a battle and hold his position amidst the chaos of the line of scrimmage. In addition, he was a 3.47 student, so picking up the scheme and responsibilities that come with the position at the next level shouldn’t be a problem.

RANKINGS

Franklin’s recruitment wasn’t off-the-charts early in his career, but it picked up steam and he eventually was sought after by a good number of Power 5 programs.

He was rated as high as 34th nationally as a defensive tackle (Rivals), which also had him as the 11th best player from the state of Maryland.

ESPN had him as the 14th best from Maryland and 57th nationally among his position group.

COMPETING WITH

Depth won’t be an issue for Notre Dame in the middle of its defense next season, so Franklin will have his work cut out for him in getting reps next season.

Not only does Tillery return at nose, but so do reserves Kurt Hinish, Darnell Ewell, as well as defensive tackle starter Jonathan Bonner, and reserves Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Micah Dew-Treadway.

BRIAN KELLY SAYS

“Ja’Mion has the ability to play the shade for us,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said on National Signing Day in December. “He has that ability to lockout, hold the point, but also has that quickness at the position. He’s going to be a 300-plus player at that position where you’ve got to have the ability to hold the point in there.”

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