Irish Football Completes 2018 Signing Class

Author: Amy Marquez

Notre Dame welcomes a top-10 class of 27 student-athletes.

NOTRE DAME, Indiana -- The University of Notre Dame football roster will increase by 27 student-athletes for the 2018 season.

The 27 new additions represent 15 states-- three from New Jersey, three from Georgia, three from Florida, three from California, two from Pennsylvania, two from Illinois, two from Maryland, one from Louisiana, one from Arkansas, one from Ohio, one from Oregon, one from Tennessee, one from Indiana, one from Michigan and one from North Carolina-- and the District of Columbia.

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

Seven of the 27 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--enrolled at the University in January. They will participate in Notre Dame's spring football practices. The other 20 players have signed national letters of intent and will arrive on campus by June for the start of summer school.

Among the 27 players who will be freshmen for the Irish this fall are:

  • Class Rankings: No. 8 ESPN and No. 10 Rivals and 247Sports (as of 2 p.m. on signing day)
  • 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
  • Three who were selected for the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida: DB DJ Brown, DB Houston Griffith and 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) and Takacs (247)
  • Ten members of the 250: Griffith (35), Jurkovec (55), Allen (66), Lamb (77), Austin (81), Bauer (142), Simon (159), Jones (179), Noah Boykin (204) and Jayson Ademilola (219)
  • Eleven members of the ESPN 300: Allen (78), Austin (83), Griffith (84), Jurkovec (120), Keys III (150), Simon (173), Takacs (179), Brown (225), Lenzy (261), Lamb (273) and Jayson Ademilola (284)
  • Ten members of the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team: Allen (47), Griffith (48), Jurkovec (59), Bauer (117), Simon (127), Austin (151), Lenzy (176), Jones (243), Keys III (264) and Jayson Ademilola (267)
Name Pos 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
DJ Brown DB 6-1 180 Annapolis, MD/St. John's College
Noah Boykin DB 6-2 176 Washington, DC/Howard D. Woodson
John Dirksen OL 6-5 303 Maria Stein, OH/Marion Local
C'Bo Flemister RB 5-11 190 Williamson, GA/Pike County
Ja-Mion Franklin DL 6-1 296 Ridgely, MD/North Caroline
Houston Griffith DB 6-0 194 Chicago, IL/IMG Academy (FL)
Luke Jones OL 6-5 289 Little Rock, AR/Pulaski Academy
Micah Jones WR 6-5 202 Gurnee, IL/Warren
Phil Jurkovec QB 6-5 204 Pittsburgh, PA/Pine-Richland
Lawrence Keys III WR 5-11 170 New Orleans, LA/McDonogh 35
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
Jarrett Patterson OL 6-4 280 Laguna Hills, CA/Mission Viejo
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

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