Irish host ‘18 CB with NFL bloodlines

Freshman cornerback Houston Griffith is starting to dive into the recruiting process and already has a scholarship offer in hand. Notre Dame hosted Wednesday during spring ball.

Houston Griffith thought so much of Notre Dame that a return trip is already on his mind.

Getting back to South Bend for Irish Invasion camp this summer is something the freshman cornerback from Mt. Carmel High School Chicago plans to make happen. There’s an outside chance he could choose to attend the Blue-Gold Game in a couple weeks as well.

“I really liked the facilities,” Griffith said. “I talked to some of the coaches and what was really eye opening is how the players can adapt to the school really well while also playing football there.”

Griffith toured facilities and watched spring practice, zeroing in on new defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. The Irish assistant touched base with Griffith both before and after practice.

“I really like what coach Todd Lyght was able to do,” Griffith said. “The DBs looked like they had really good footwork and they were able to play bump-and-run coverage really well. He’s just hands on and that’s what I really like. He’s a great teacher.”

Notre Dame joins Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan State as some of the programs expressing more interest. Illinois, where his father played, offered Griffith before his freshman season at Mt. Carmel.

Griffith will visit Ohio State today.

“It’s really cool,” Griffith said of the Buckeyes. “It’s like they really notice and know what I can do. At such a young age I’m getting attention from a top program like that.”

Making such a precipitous rise onto the regional recruiting scene is something to which Griffith is still adjusting. But that’s not to say he didn’t see it coming.

His father, Howard Griffith, starred at Illinois before going on to an 11-year NFL career at fullback. He blocked for running back Terrell Davis and was a receiving option out of the backfield for two Super Bowl championships with the Denver Broncos.

The elder Griffith now guides his son in football while a former Notre Dame standout and fellow Chicago native serves as a training partner.

“Well during my eighth grade season I made that goal that I was gonna be one of the best players as a freshman,” Griffith said. “I guess that dream came true. I’m able to hang out with my dad, who played in the league. I take criticism from him then I can train with people like Kerry Neal, the former Notre Dame linebacker. Just my hard work, my work ethic.”

 


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