Irish offer West Coast safety

Three-star safety Lamar Jackson had a big week. On Tuesday he landed a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. A day later he learned he’d earned an invitation to The Opening next month at Nike headquarters.

Three-star safety Lamar Jackson received good news on back-to-back days this week.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif., landed a scholarship offer from Notre Dame on Tuesday. On Wednesday picked up an invitation to The Opening Finals in Oregon next month.

Irish assistant coach Mike Sanford had recently visited Franklin High and didn’t take long to extend the offer.

“Coach Stanford asked me to call him,” Jackson said. “Once I called him he just basically told me what the plan was for me and stuff like that and then he said I had a scholarship.”

Jackson, who played cornerback last season, is being recruited by the Irish to play safety.

“They said they want me to come in and play right away at safety but they have different ways they’re going to use me,” Jackson said. “He said I’d come blitzing off the edge and all types of things like that.”

The offer was the 19th for Jackson but it was a big one.

“I was definitely excited,” he said. “Me and coach Sanford have been building a relationship since he came to the school earlier this month and I have just been waiting on an offer and he finally pulled the trigger.”

Jackson hopes to visit South Bend soon.

“I want to but I’m just not sure when,” he said. “I’m probably going to go see Oregon and Oregon State. That’s probably going to be my next trip because it will be an easy one. I haven’t really sat down to talk about any visits with my parents yet because of high school football and other stuff.”

As a junior, Jackson played cornerback but he’ll move to safety this fall to provide support for Franklin’s young defense.

He is comfortable at either position, which leaves his options open at the next level.

Michigan, for example, wants me to come in and play corner. It just depends on the school,” he said. “I’m comfortable at corner or safety. It doesn’t matter to me. I just want to be in the best position to be on the field.”

Jackson plans to announce his college choice during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.


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