Junior tackle Josh Lugg has emerged as one of the top linemen in the Class of 2017.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pa., already held offers from Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others, before camping at Notre Dame late last month.
Less than a week after returning home from South Bend, Lugg got word that Notre Dame had offered.
“We’re excited for the opportunities that Josh has with the offers,” said North Allegheny head coach Art Walker. “We’re very honored and privileged to get one from Notre Dame but at the same time as a coaching staff we’re excited we still have two years left with him.”
Lugg participated in the Irish Invasion, then spent Saturday morning in a small group with Irish assistant coach Harry Hiestand and former Irish lineman Zack Martin.
His performance was enough to earn an offer.
That didn’t surprise Walker, who feels Lugg will continue to grow and develop his skills.
“He’ll be our left tackle for the next two years,” Walker said. “He’ll play some defense but with his height right now at 6-6 and maybe even a little bit taller than that and weighing in right now about 280 pounds as a 16-year old, he still has the ability to grow a little bit more. He’s definitely going to get bigger and stronger. His strength has increased tremendously since last season and same with his playing ability. His pad level is lower. He’s running better. I think the sky is the limit for him at this point.”
According to Walker, Lugg has a bright future.
“He just turned 16 like a week or so ago, so he’s still young,” Walker said. “He is young for his grade but he has so much potential because of his size and athletic ability along with being a fantastic student. He’s a great kid in the classroom and a great kid in the hallways, the locker room and he’s a great community kid. He’s got a great family. He’s just all positive. He loves football. When he’s there he works hard. When he’s in the classroom he works hard. He represents himself and his family and this football team extremely well. Tremendous character young man.”