Nation's Top OLB Ready for Saturday Visit

The nation's top outside linebacker, five-star Jaylon Smith of Bishop Luers High (Fort Wayne, Ind.) will be on Notre Dame's campus Saturday. He is also approaching a decision, and has the latest happenings.

The nation's No. 1 outside linebacker is nearing a decision, but before he makes an announcement he is taking his father to Notre Dame for the first time.

Bishop Luers High (Fort Wayne, Ind.) five-star Jaylon Smith will be on Notre Dame's campus Saturday for an unofficial visit, and it may not be long before Smith makes his decision from a quartet that includes Notre Dame, Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue.

In fact, it is the point where Smith may already know where he is heading, and the Irish are in prime position.

"It's not something we're going to announce until June, I suppose," Bishop Luers coach Matt Lindsay said. "They're right there toward the top of his list."

No formal announcement date has been set, but it has been talked about.

"The whole thing is, he and I talked and I told him, ‘It's your decision. You announce it,' " Lindsay said. "I'm not going to announce it."

It has been an intense recruitment for Smith, who is versatile because of his size. He can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense and rush the passer, he is athletic enough to be an outside linebacker in the 4-3 defense and he could grow into a big-time defensive end.

"He has a 6-foot-4, 220-pound body with the speed of a big-time tailback," Lindsay said. "That's what has everybody recruiting him, basically.

"He's a good team leader in terms of leading by example with his play. He works as hard as anybody."

Lindsay said he envisions Smith being able to excel as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker because of his athleticism and size.

"I think he can do both," Lindsay said. "I think that's what some are recruiting him for, the outside linebacker-type position where you do become a pass rusher as well because of his quickness.

"He won't be the biggest guy, but he'll be the most athletic. For most offensive linemen, it will be a nightmare for them. I imagine him putting on another 20 pounds on in college."

The scope of Smith's recruitment has been extreme, but he has been unflappable and respectful of all the schools throughout.

"I think he's taken it all in stride," Lindsay said. "He's been excited to meet lots of people and lots of coaches." Top Stories