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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Under Armour All-American Game Preview

There’s a recruiting all-star game in the middle of the week. Pay attention.

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With the early signing period firmly behind us, we move on to the next big recruiting cycle for college football and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish... It’s time for the high school All-American games.

First up:


Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando Florida
When: Thursday, January 4th @ 6:00 PM eastern time
How To Watch: ESPN2 and Watch ESPN App
Notre Dame Commits: 4 Star LB Jack Lamb & 4 Star CB Houston Griffith
Notre Dame Targets: 5 Star OT Nicholas Petit-Frere

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Houston Griffith
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It will be a pretty quiet Under Armour game for Notre Dame’s recruiting efforts - but it’s still extremely important for this class. Notre Dame will have two of its best defensive recruits suit up in Jack Lamb and Houstin Griffith. Both players have already signed their national letter of intent during the early signing period.

The biggest name for Irish fans, is the best player left on Notre Dame’s recruiting board in 5 Star offensive tackle, Nicholas Petit-Frere. The blue-chip prospect won’t be making a decision about what school he will be committing to until National Signing Day on February, 7. Until then, Petit-Frere is enjoying his time as just a high school kid.

Here’s a nice UPDATE on Petit-Frere from USA Today HS Sports. While he seems pretty open at the moment, there are insider reports that the Irish lead at this point.

There are some other names on the roster that Irish fans might be familiar with, but won’t be Irish:

You can expect most of what we have seen from these types of games over the years, and you might get bored a bit. It’s okay... these events are really supposed to be about the game anyways.

Keep an eye on Griffith and Lamb as both will be enrolling early at Notre Dame after the game.

2018 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position/Year Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Position/Year Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Quarterback Phil Jurkovec Avery Davis* Ian Book* Brandon Wimbush*
Running Back Jahmir Smith, C'Bo Flemister Jafar Armstrong* Tony Jones Jr.* Dexter Williams
Tight End George Takacs, Tommy Tremble Cole Kmet, Brock Wright Alize' Mack* Nic Weishar
Wide Receiver Micah Jones, Kevin Austin, Braden Lenzy, Lawrence Keys III Michael Young Chase Claypool, Javon McKinley* Chris Finke*, Miles Boykin*
Center Luke Jones Sam Mustipher
Guard John Dirksen Dillan Gibbons* Tommy Kraemer* Trevor Ruhland* Alex Bars
Tackle Cole Mabry, Jarrett Patterson Josh Lugg*, Robert Hainsey, Aaron Banks* Liam Eichenberg*
Defensive Tackle Jayson Ademilola, Ja'mion Franklin Kurt Hinish, Darnell Ewell*, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa Micah Dew-Treadway*, Jerry Tillery Jonathan Bonner
Defensive End Justin Ademilola Kofi Wardlow* Ade Ogundeji*, Daelin Hayes, Khalid Kareem, Julian Okwara
Linebacker Matt Bauer, Ovio Oghoufo, Jack Lamb Drew White*, Jordan Genmark Heath Jonathan Jones*, Jamir Jones, DJ Morgan Te'von Coney Drue Tranquill
Rover Shayne Simon Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah*, Isaiah Robertson Asmar Bilal
Safety Derrik Allen, Paul Moala, Houston Griffith Devin Studstill, Jalen Elliott, Alohi Gilman* Nicco Fertitta, Nick Coleman
Cornerback Joe Wilkins Jr., Tariq Bracy, D.J. Brown, Noah Boykin Julian Love, Troy Pride Jr., Donte Vaughn Shaun Crawford**
Specialists John Doerer John Shannon* Justin Yoon Tyler Newsome
27/85 (27) 45/85 (18) 65/85 (20) 79/85 (14) 85/85 (6)
*Eligible For 5th Year **Eligible For 6th Year