The recruitment of Houston Griffith should soon have an official leaderboard.
A commitment date might come soon after that for the four-star athlete from IMG Academy.
“I have to finish up with school then head back home,” Griffith said. “I’m going to be making some visits then I’ll be coming out with a list and then I’d like to make my commitment in the summer. I may visit Florida State, possibly, when I come back to IMG (Academy) for the 7-on-7.”
While Griffith holds offers from many of the top programs in the Midwest, it’s not clear if he’ll see any of them while home on summer break.
“I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to make visits or what schools I’ll visit,” Griffith said. “It really depends on what my family’s schedule is. I have no timeframe for what my schedule.”
For how much attention has been paid to the recruiting efforts of Notre Dame’s current class with Griffith, his Irish connections go back further than that. Growing up in Chicagoland, Griffith linked with the family of Irish cornerback Julian Love, including his younger brother Michael, a ’19 athlete at Nazareth Academy.
Griffith even offered a scouting report on the next Love.
“He’s just going to get bigger and faster,” Griffith said. “Who knows what’s going to happen with him because I’ve seen him make plays over and over since he was in eighth grade. When he was playing up with us, he was making big plays. I’m sure he’s going to have a lot of success, just like his brother is having right now.”
Another Illinois connection has piqued his interest in the Irish.
“Me and Micah (Jones), I’ve known Micah since the eighth grade,” Griffith said. “We started off playing 7-on-7 together. We still play 7-on-7 together when I’m back at home. He’s a great guy.”
Jones is only a part of the collaborative recruiting effort being put forth by the current class.
“I have a good relationship with Markese (Stepp),” Griffith said. “I’ve been building a good relationship with him for the last year. Braden Lenzy has reached out to me this week. Phil Jurkovec too.
“It’s cool that all of those guys reached out to me. Pretty much all of those guys have reached out to me to talk to me about how special it would be if I chose to side with Notre Dame, commit to Notre Dame and build the program to where it used to be.”
Not only does Griffith have long-standing relationships with current players, commits and recruits tied to Notre Dame, the Irish staff has built a strong rapport with the elite defensive back.
“I’ve had a good relationship with their staff since they’ve been recruiting me,” Griffith said. “Me and coach (Todd) Lyght, he has had a good relationship with me, coming down to see me earlier this week. I also talk to coach (Mike) Elko and have a good relationship with him and Notre Dame right now.”
Notre Dame has pitched Griffith on a combination role in the defensive backfield. That’s been a common approach among the programs in play.
“Every school that talks to me says they like my versatility and they could see me playing in the nickel or a corner or as a safety,” Griffith said. “At the end of the day, I’m a defensive back. So, the best players I know were versatile players and could play everything. I just want to be a playmaker and a big-time player at the next level.”
In the past it’s appeared that Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State have been Griffith’s lead group, but the four-star denied that quartet had separated from the pack when asked directly.
Still, it won’t be much longer until Griffith names his leaders.
And based on the defensive back’s commitment plans, it might not be much longer than that until he’s off the board entirely.