2018 Notre Dame Football Recruiting Class
SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame completed its 2018 recruiting class Wednesday by adding six more student-athletes to the 21 previously signed in the early signing period in December.
“It’s probably from an across the board depth standpoint on the back end of our defense and at the wide receiver position,” veteran Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday, “an area that I feel is good about as any class that we’ve recruited here at Notre Dame. Now, look, they’re all young players, and they’ve got to prove themselves. But I think when I walk away at the end of the day and take a step back, those two areas I feel really good about relative to what we’ve done there.”
Kelly added commitments Wednesday from a pair of offensive linemen (Jarrett Patterson, Laguna Hills, Calif. and Luke Jones, Little Rock, Arkansas), a wide receiver (Lawrence Keys, New Orleans), a running back (C’Bo Flemister, Williamson, Georgia), and a pair of Washington, D.C.-area defensive backs (DJ Brown and Noah Boykin).
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In all, the Irish added four offensive linemen in this class, four wide receivers, a couple of tight ends, a quarterback, two running backs, three defensive linemen, four linebackers, two safeties (though Houston Griffith has the versatility to play either cornerback or safety) and five cornerbacks (though Tariq Bracy has the versatility to potentially move to running back, while Joe Wilkins Jr. could also move to wide receiver).
Those newcomers also will be joined by former Navy safety Alohi Gilman, who will be eligible in the fall.
Here is a look at the 2018 Notre Dame football recruiting class:
Jayson Ademilola – DL 6-3 288 Jackson, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Justin Ademilola – DL 6-2 246 Jackson, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Derrik Allen – DB 6-2 215 Marietta, GA/Lassiter
Kevin Austin – WR 6-2 197 Ft. Lauderdale, FL/North Broward Prep
Bo Bauer – LB 6-2 212 Harborcreek, PA/Cathedral Prep
Tariq Bracy – DB 5-11 170 Milpitas, CA/Milpitas
DJ Brown – DB 6-1 180 Annapolis, MD/St. John’s College
Noah Boykin – DB 6-2 176 Washington, DC/Howard D. Woodson
John Dirksen – OL 6-5 303 Maria Stein, OH/Marion Local
C’Bo Flemister – RB 5-11 190 Williamson, GA/Pike County
Ja-Mion Franklin – DL 6-1 296 Ridgely, MD/North Caroline
Houston Griffith – DB 6-0 194 Chicago, IL/IMG Academy (FL)
Luke Jones – OL 6-5 289 Little Rock, AR/Pulaski Academy
Micah Jones – WR 6-5 202 Gurnee, IL/Warren
Phil Jurkovec – QB 6-5 204 Pittsburgh, PA/Pine-Richland
Lawrence Keys III – WR 5-11 170 New Orleans, LA/McDonogh 35
Jack Lamb – LB 6-3 211 Temecula, CA/Great Oak
Braden Lenzy – WR 6-0 175 Tigard, OR/Tigard Senior
Cole Mabry – OL 6-5 275 Brentwood, TN/Brentwood
Paul Moala – DB 5-11 196 Mishawaka, IN/Penn
Ovie Oghoufo – LB 6-3 208 Lathrup Village, MI/Harrison
Jarrett Patterson – OL 6-4 280 Laguna Hills, CA/Mission Viejo
Shayne Simon – LB 6-3 212 West Orange, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Jahmir Smith – RB 5-10 198 Sanford, NC/Lee County
George Takacs – TE 6-6 244 Naples, FL/Gulf Coast
Tommy Tremble – TE 6-3 224 Johns Creek, GA/Wesleyan
Joe Wilkins Jr. – DB 6-2 180 North Fort Myers, FL/North Fort Myers
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