Notre Dame’s interest in Ja'mion Franklin began last fall when former Irish assistant coach Scott Booker invited him to attend a game in South Bend.
Recruiting coordinator Mike Elston and new coaches Mike Elko and Clark Lea reached out recently and hope to get the 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Ridgely, Md., on campus.
“I’m working on getting on campus for a visit,” Franklin said. “I’m looking at spring practice dates soon.”
Franklin, who holds 11 scholarship offers, is ranked by Scout.com as a three-star guard. Notre Dame projects him to play defensive tackle at the next level.
“They’re interested,” Franklin said. “They liked my style of play and would like for me to get on campus.”
In earning first-team all-conference honors as a junior, Franklin recorded 63 tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced five fumbles.
He made a living in the backfield of opposing teams.
“With me, you're getting a high motor, explosive defensive lineman who stops the run and makes plays in the backfield,” he said.
Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Navy, Northwestern, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest are among Franklin’s early offers.