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Houston Griffith talks Irish visit

Houston Griffith can probably show himself around Notre Dame at this point. But that hasn’t kept the four-star defensive back from returning. Griffith made another visit to South Bend on Saturday to continue familiarizing himself with new coaches.

Houston Griffith probably doesn’t need a tour guide to navigate Notre Dame these days.

Trips to South Bend used to be a little less complicated for the four-star cornerback from Chicago. He and his family visited for a spring practice last year, after which Griffith added an offer. He returned in summer for Irish Invasion and again during the season.

Now there are a few more logistics involved as Griffith is at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., but he’s still no stranger. Notre Dame hosted him again Saturday for a day trip.

Items near the top of the docket this time for the 6-foot, 180-pound prospect included catching up with head coach Brian Kelly and taking a peek at the offseason regimen.

“It went really well,” Griffith said. “I like the fact that coach (Brian) Kelly as the head coach took responsibility for what happened in the past. Excited for the direction they’re heading in terms of strength and conditioning. I have a great feel for where I would fit in the defensive scheme.”

Some things have changed since Griffith last visited campus, notably on the coaching staff.

Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght remains. But defensive coordinator Mike Elko is on board with a new system. Griffith has been impressed with Elko so far.

“I like him a lot,” Griffith said. “I feel like this new attack of defense will be fun to watch this season.”

Griffith is also expected to visit Illinois this weekend.

Offers on the table include Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, USC and Wisconsin, among others.


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