Notre Dame added a lot of depth in their secondary this offseason with an impressive recruiting class and Navy transfer Alohi Gilman becoming eligible and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght is pretty ecstatic about the level of competition.
On Thursday, he addressed the media as the Irish continued spring practice and seemed generally excited about both he and Terry Joseph’s cornerbacks and secondaries. However, he did single out early enrollee Houston Griffith and that should excite Notre Dame fans looking to see the nation’s No. 10 recruiting class in 2018 make an early impact.
“We think he can be a guy that can compete for a starting job at free safety,” Lyght said according to Mike Vorel of the South Bend Tribune.
Originally a Chicago native, Griffith transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his final prep season. There, he proved himself against stiffer competition and eventually finished the year ranked as the No. 70 overall prospect and No. 11 cornerback in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
However, at 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, he’ll get his first opportunities to crack the two-deep (and potentially start as Lyght alluded to) at free safety. Griffith enrolled early and has gotten a head start on the rest of his recruiting class this spring.
Clearly, it’s paying off.