Berk's Breakdown: Jaylon Smith recruiting analyst Dave Berk looks at one of the best prospects in the Midwest in Fort Wayne (IN) native Jaylon Smith, who holds an offer from Notre Dame.

Prospect: Jaylon Smith
Position: Linebacker / Rush End
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3 | 225-pounds
High School: Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers HS

Offers To Date: Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Tennessee, USC.


Raw athlete who has all the tools you look for in a game changer. Long, lean with natural recoil ability makes Smith one of the best athletes in the country. Smith can play on both sides of the football at a high level.


Smith will have to get physically stronger and that will come as he matures. The only weakness he'll face coming out of high school will be his adjustment to players with high physical skill sets on each down and understanding his assignments in a new scheme.


There is so much to like about Smith on and off the field. He's in a good mentoring program with AWP Sports Performance in Fort Wayne (IN) that is helping shape him not only as an athlete but as a person to have success beyond the field.

Early Thoughts

It's early, but from what I've been told, Notre Dame sits at the top of Smith's offer list. The plan is for Smith to find a solid structured program, both on and off the field, to which he can take his great talents and still be close to home. Notre Dame offers both to its student-athletes.

To say Smith is a "must get" for Kelly and the Irish defense is an understatement. The Irish need to pull in a potential top tier player from their own backyard. If the Irish find success in signing Smith next February he could be considered Kelly's top signed recruit and that says a lot when looking at some of the other guys the Irish have signed the past two years. Top Stories