Four-star eyes Notre Dame official

The Irish continue to work on four-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson, angling for an official later this year. He’s not the only Texas linebacker on Notre Dame’s board.

Notre Dame remains in the hunt for four-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson and the Irish have used head coach Brian Kelly to state their case.

The standout from Houston, Texas has official visits set to Florida State, Michigan and UCLA. A handful of schools hope to fill those final two spots, including the Irish.

"Those two schools that I have left I'm still thinking," Jackson said. "I know I will definitely be taking all five. I need to sit down and work with my schedule.

“I'm hearing from Miami, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma."

The 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker says it's Notre Dame's academic reputation that appeals most to him.

"The academics, no one can compete with them," Jackson said. "It's the best of any school recruiting me. They have such great tradition too and they were one of the first schools to always play on TV. There's a lot of hype surrounding them."

Jackson has stepped foot on Notre Dame’s once before.

"When I visited Michigan a while ago, I also visited Notre Dame,” Jackson said. “That was before they were recruiting me, though so I didn't talk to any of their coaches. My cousins live in South Bend, so we drove down from Michigan to visit them. So I've seen Notre Dame before, so I might not get there on an official visit, but maybe an unofficial."

Jackson spoke with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly last week.

"He told me to make sure that I watched the game on Saturday and just to try to find a date that I can come up and visit," Jackson said.

Despite Texas’ blowout loss to Notre Dame, the Longhorns are still a top contender to land Jackson.

"I thought that Notre Dame would win, but I expected Texas to put up more a fight than they did," Jackson said. "It was a blowout. At the end of the day, Texas is still rebuilding. They still have to adapt. I think they really need one more great class. I know what coach (Charlie) Strong can do. Eventually it will be turned around."

Notre Dame is recruiting Houston Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch, who has tentative plans to visit Notre Dame in October and is close friends with Jackson.

"We talk about playing in college together pretty often," Jackson said. "But we don't want to force it if there is a school that one of us wants to go to, but the other one barely wants to go there. There has to be the same interest or else we aren't going to worry about it." Top Stories