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Houston Griffith talks commitment timeline

The Irish need to add defensive backs that can play right away. Irish Illustrated caught up with top target Houston Griffith, one of Notre Dame’s top targets.

It’s well known that Houston Griffith and the Irish coaching staff are very familiar with each other.

The nation’s No. 85 overall recruit has been to Notre Dame campus several times and is well versed in the current Irish staff.

“They’re a school I’m in contact with frequently,” Griffith said. “I talked with coach (Mike) Elko and coach (Todd) Lyght a few times this week. They check up on me. They’ll be here sometime soon, it looks like Wednesday. They’re a school that sits pretty high on my list right now.”

With Griffith pushing 10 total visits to South Bend, he still feels he has more to see. Another stop at Notre Dame is on the horizon.

“Probably not in the spring, but I’ll be able to go there in the summer, because I’ll only be and hour and a half from the school,” Griffith said. “I spend six weeks at home before I come back for camp.”

The four-star talent from the Chicago-area is pleased with his decision to enroll at the top prep football program in the country, IMG Academy.

“I love it,” Griffith said. “It’s a privilege being down here. It’s a great opportunity to compete against the best players mentally and physically for the next level.”

Scout lists Griffith as a safety, while others have him pegged at cornerback. Regardless of where he ends up lining up at the college level, Griffith will be prepared.

“I appreciate a school thinking I can play corner and safety,” Griffith said. “That just shows I’m a versatile player. I don’t have a problem with it. I’m a defensive back at the end of the day, so it doesn’t really matter to me.”

With 35 offers in total, including; Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, USC, Texas, Nebraska, UCLA and many more strong Power 5 programs, Griffith continues to do his homework.

“I have schools sticking out to me, but then again, everybody has an opportunity to offer scholarships,” Griffith said. “I’m open to everybody right now. I’m committing in the summertime before the season.”

Griffith will enroll early at the school he chooses. He feels his current program will help him with the process.

“Being at IMG, just helping with time management is a good thing, learning that early on,” Griffith said. “It’s going to help me when I’m in college. I’ve heard from guys that enrolled early this season that time management isn’t a problem with them right now.”

Many key factors are in play with his Notre Dame recruitment. The Irish coaching staff is pushing the right buttons.

“The opportunity to play as a freshman sticks out to me,” Griffith said. “The opportunity to be at a school like Notre Dame where I can get a great degree and play on one of the biggest stages of college football being played on national TV every weekend, playing against top schools and playing against the powerhouses, the ‘blue bloods’ in the country, is what intrigues me about Notre Dame.”

With Griffith’s father being an Illinois alumnus, former NFL athlete, and current Big 10 analyst, he has strong, informed support during his recruiting process.

“At the end of the day, it’s my decision,” Griffith said. “It’s what’s best for me. In my opinion, I want to be my own name, not just be his son. He told me the decision is mine. He’s going to guide me. He’s not going to force me to what school I’m going to. He’s just going to help me make the best decision.”


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