Scout.com junior All-American Jamaree Salyer has caught the attention of college coaches across the county and the five-star guard from Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga., is one of Notre Dame’s top recruiting targets in the Class of 2018.
Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand visited Salyer recently and now the 6-foot-4, 320-pounder has plans to visit South Bend in the near future.
“Coach Hiestand came to visit me during the live period,” Salyer said. “He just wants me to come back and visit in the spring. I don’t have a definite date but definitely before the summer.”
Salyer likes what he has heard from Hiestand and the two have developed a solid relationship, which included a visit to Irish Invasion last summer alongside former teammate Deon Jackson, also a Pace Academy product. It appears Hiestand’s first impression was a good one.
“I think he's a standup guy,” Salyer said. “Just doing research and all the players he's sent to the NFL think highly of him, so do I.”
Salyer also plans to visit Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford and possibly UCLA.
Scout.com ranks Salyer as the nation’s top guard and eighth best player overall, but college coaches haven’t locked him into just one position.
“I’m being recruited mostly for guard but some like me at center too and surprisingly some tackle as well,” Salyer said. “So all positions.”
The Irish likely want four offensive linemen in their next recruiting class after signing four last cycle in tackles Josh Lugg and Aaron Banks to go with interior prospects Dillan Gibbons and Robert Hainsey. Hunter Bivin and Quenton Nelson will both likely be gone after this season while the roster’s other interior talent – Parker Boudreaux, Tristen Hoge, Trevor Ruhland and Jimmy Byrne – has yet to play prominent roles.