Notre Dame’s 50-47 double overtime loss at Texas showed just how much the Irish need to improve defensive recruiting.
Notre Dame allowed 517 yards of offense and 280 of that came from freshman quarterback Shane Buechele in the passing game.
The potential for early playing time no doubt will be pitched to four-star cornerback Thomas Graham when he makes his official visit to South Bend on Sept. 17.
Notre Dame has remained in close contact with the 5-foot-11, 165-pound four-star from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
“I talk to coach (Todd) Lyght like every two or three days and then coach (Brian) Kelly sends me a text message before all of my games” Graham said. “He just says good luck. It makes me feel good that he does it.”
Graham said he already has developed a strong relationship with Lyght, the Irish defensive backs coach.
“He's real good,” Graham said. “He can kind of relate to me because he already experienced the dream I have. He basically went through the stuff that I went through so he knows the work ethic and the pain to get there.”
Graham visited Nebraska last weekend and also has trips planned to Arizona and Oregon. He is considering UCLA and Arizona State to fill his final official visit.
Those trips will play an important role in Graham’s final decision.
The 58th best player in the country doesn’t plan to identify a short list of favorites. Instead, he’ll commit to the school of his choice when the time is right.
Through two games of his senior season, Graham has recorded six catches for 109 yards and has carried the ball twice for three yards. On defense, he has posted four tackles.
“I feel pretty good about (the season) so far,” he said. “I'm happy with my team. Last year, the secondary had to make a lot of tackles. This year our front seven is killing it so we're not wearing ourselves down as much as we did last year. We make tackles here and there but it's when we're supposed to make tackles.”