The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had absolute needs in the 2018 class, and landing 4 star cornerback Houston Griffith was one of them. The Irish needed to fill its cornerback position up with elite talent, and they checked one off the list with Griffith.
Houston played high school football at the “famous” IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, but he is a midwest kid from Illinois.
✍️ @___HG3 is a special player with the opportunity to be an elite college DB.— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 20, 2017
Hailing from a football family, Houston will join the Irish in January ready to compete.
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While the Irish were a perceived favorite for the midwest product that was transplanted in Florida, things started to look bleak this summer and the Ohio State Buckeyes started to emerge. There was even talk of the Nebraska Cornhuskers impressing Griffith. He then committed to the Florida State Seminoles in September, but after a really rough year for FSU and with Jimbo Fisher's departure to the Texas A&M Aggies, he decommitted from Florida State and Notre Dame turned up the heat.
Griffith is a polished defender that plays the ball well, and fluidly gets in and out of his breaks. He lacks elite speed, and that could mean that a move to safety could happen - but speed isn't the only thing a corner uses. Griffith is the real deal, and as an early enrollee, he will get a chance to shine early.