As evidenced last cycle, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has displayed an inclination for tall, rangy pass-rushers with ample room to fill out.
The Irish offered one such prospect on Wednesday evening.
Lithonia (Ga.) High three-star defensive end Jordan Smith learned from his coach that Notre Dame was extending a scholarship offer.
“I’m just blessed to get the opportunity to have been offered by a great school like Notre Dame,” Smith said. “I know that they have a great basketball program for both women and men, and they have a great tradition of football as well. I don’t know a lot more other than that, but I plan on doing some more research about them now that I have an offer.”
Smith checks in currently at 6-foot-6, 220-pounds.
“This offseason I’m working on adding more weight to my body as we speak,” Smith said. “I know that I need to get bigger to play defensive end. Most schools are recruiting me for both outside linebacker and defensive end since my strengths are rushing the quarterback, stopping the run and my speed.”
Smith has yet to start the process of trimming his offer list that includes California, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee, and he has no plans to do so in the near future.
“I’m playing everything even right now,” Smith said. “Academics, of course, will matter in my decision, and so will the relationship that I form with the coaches.”
Smith has taken visits this year to Clemson, Florida State and Georgia, and he has plans to visit Tennessee for junior day.