Monika Samek

Irish stand out to four-star Briggs

Top ‘19 defensive tackle Jowon Briggs recently returned to Cincinnati following The Opening Finals. He discussed summer visits and his fall trip to Notre Dame.

Jowon Briggs is Notre Dame’s priority at defensive tackle next cycle.

The product of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, has already earned offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

Last weekend Briggs was one of just six underclassmen selected for The Opening Finals in Oregon.

Briggs checked in at 6-foot-2 ½, 283 pounds and competed with the best in the nation.

With The Opening in the books, Briggs has a few destinations ahead this summer and early in the fall.

“(I’ll) probably visit Alabama and I’m also heading up to Ohio State on July 21,” Briggs said. “I’ll get down (to Notre Dame) for a game and see what happens when they turn that switch on.”

Briggs visited Notre Dame last spring and enjoyed the campus tour and spending time with defensive line coach Mike Elston.

Getting a feel for gameday and student life in South Bend are next on Briggs’ agenda.

“I want to interact with the (Notre Dame) players more, mostly,” Briggs said. “I want to talk to the players about their experience there.”

Notre Dame has managed to establish a strong connection with Briggs.

“I think very highly of Notre Dame and their school,” Briggs said. “Education does play a key role in what college I pick.

“Throughout the recruiting season, I guess you could say Notre Dame has been the school that has stuck out the most.”

Looking ahead to next summer, Briggs hopes to earn a repeat invite to The Opening Finals.

“Oregon was nice,” Briggs said. “I liked the weather, how it was cold in the morning and then it warmed up a little bit.

“All the coaches knew what they were talking about and were respectful. As far as the facilities and where we lived, everything was top notch. They fed us, took care of us there, all that.”

Ohio high school football rules prevent prospects from competing in pads during the event. For Briggs, that was the only negative.

“I would definitely go again next year but I really hope they do something about the pads rule though.” Top Stories