Sophomore defensive tackle Jowon Briggs has emerged as one of the Midwest’s most coveted prospects.
The 6-foot-3, 273-pounder from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio has already landed offers from Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame and he’s drawn interest from several more of the nation’s top programs.
After landing an offer from the Irish earlier this month, Briggs quickly scheduled a visit to attend Notre Dame’s Sophomore Day on April 2 to learn more about the school.
“Coach (Mike) Elston called my coach and offered me,” Briggs said. “I’m going up to their sophomore day. Notre Dame is a school that is not only recognized for their football teams but for their academics.”
Briggs, who now holds 11 offers, already visited Ohio State.
“I went to Ohio State about a month ago,” he said. “It was a Sophomore Day type of thing. It went well. They gave us information about how they gave their students an opportunity to go out and do internships with different businesses so they have a foot up in the world when they get out of college.”
As a sophomore, Briggs terrorized opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks in helping Walnut Hills win its first four games of the season. The Eagles won just three games the previous season.
“Personally, I like to use power moves more so than a move right off the ball,” Briggs said. “I like to get my hands on the person first before I try to convert into a move, be it a pass situation or be it a 1st-and-10 run. I just like to get my hands on the O-lineman first to get him stretched out and extended.”
For Briggs, the future is bright as he continues to learn and develop his football skills.
He began playing the sport as a second grader but as his body grew he couldn’t meet the weight limits and was sidelined for several years.
“As a kid I didn't really follow football much or any sport really,” he said. “I played for like two years in second grade but then they had a weight limit so I couldn't play there and I had to wait until fifth grade and I've been playing ever since.”
A new coaching staff has energized the Walnut Hills program and Briggs is absorbing everything new head coach Brian Lainhart and defensive coordinator Cobrani Mixon teaches him.
Lainhart and Mixon were teammates at Cincinnati’s Colerain High School. Lainhart signed with Kent State and Mixon originally went to Michigan before reuniting with Lainhart at Kent.
“It's going great,” Briggs said. “They brought intensity; they definitely brought intensity.”