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Notre Dame Football Announces Signing Class

Dec. 22, 2017

Signing Day Central | Press Conference Transcript

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame football roster will increase by 21 student-athletes for the 2018 season.

The 21 new additions represent 13 states– three from New Jersey, three from Florida, two from California, two from Pennsylvania, two from Georgia, two from Illinois, one from Ohio, one from Oregon, one from Maryland, one from Tennessee, one from Indiana, one from Michigan and one from North Carolina.

As listed by position, Notre Dame adds six defensive backs, four linebackers, three defensive linemen, three wide receivers, two offensive lineman, two tight ends, one quarterback and one running back.

Seven of the 21 players–linebacker Bo Bauer, defensive back Houston Griffith, wide receiver Micah Jones, linebacker Jack Lamb, linebacker Ovie Oghoufo, running back Jahmir Smith and tight end George Takacs–will enroll at the University in January. They will participate in Notre Dame’s spring football practices. The other 14 players have signed national letters of intent and will arrive on campus by June for the start of summer school.

Among the 21 players who will be freshmen for the Irish this fall are:

  • Class Rankings: No. 8 247Sports, No. 6 Rivals and No. 7 ESPN
  • Five who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio: DL Jayson Ademilola, DB Derrik Allen, QB Phil Jurkovec, LB Shayne Simon and TE George Takacs
  • Two who were selected for the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida: DB Houston Griffith, LB Jack Lamb
  • Nine members of the 247Sports Top 247: Jayson Ademilola (51), Jurkovec (100), Lamb (118), Simon (129), Austin (132), Allen (134), Griffith (142), Lenzy (212), Takacs (247)
  • Nine members of the 250: Griffith (35), Jurkovec (55), Allen (66), Lamb (77), Austin (81), Bauer (142), Simon (159), Jones (179), Jayson Ademilola (219)
  • Eight members of the ESPN 300: Allen (78), Austin (83), Griffith (84), Jurkovec (120), Simon (173), Takacs (179), Lenzy (261), Lamb (273), Jayson Ademilola (284)
  • Eleven members of the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team: Allen (47), Griffith (48), Jurkovec (59), Bauer (117), Simon (127), Austin (151), Lenzy (176), Jones (243), Jayson Ademilola (267)

2018 Signing Class

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Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Jayson Ademilola DL 6-3 288 Jackson, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Justin Ademilola DL 6-2 246 Jackson, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Derrik Allen DB 6-2 215 Marietta, GA/Lassiter
Kevin Austin WR 6-2 197 Ft. Lauderdale, FL/North Broward Prep
Bo Bauer LB 6-2 212 Harborcreek, PA/Cathedral Prep
Tariq Bracy DB 5-11 170 Milpitas, CA/Milpitas
John Dirksen OL 6-5 303 Maria Stein, OH/Marion Local
Ja-Mion Franklin DL 6-1 296 Ridgely, MD/North Caroline
Houston Griffith DB 6-0 194 Chicago, IL/IMG Academy (FL)
Micah Jones WR 6-5 202 Gurnee, IL/Warren
Phil Jurkovec QB 6-5 204 Pittsburgh, PA/Pine-Richland
Jack Lamb LB 6-3 211 Temecula, CA/Great Oak
Braden Lenzy WR 6-0 175 Tigard, OR/Tigard Senior
Cole Mabry OL 6-5 275 Brentwood, TN/Brentwood
Paul Moala DB 5-11 196 Mishawaka, IN/Penn
Ovie Oghoufo LB 6-3 208 Lathrup Village, MI/Harrison
Shayne Simon LB 6-3 212 West Orange, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Jahmir Smith RB 5-10 198 Sanford, NC/Lee County
George Takacs TE 6-6 244 Naples, FL/Gulf Coast
Tommy Tremble TE 6-3 224 Johns Creek, GA/Wesleyan
Joe Wilkins Jr. DB 6-2 180 North Fort Myers, FL/North Fort Myers