Griffith Builds Relationship with Kelly on Latest Visit

February 19, 2017
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Notre Dame had its Junior Day last weekend, but this weekend they hosted two elite prospects in 2018 receiver Kamryn Babb and 2018 cornerback Houston Griffith.

For Griffith, the visit was about keeping in contact with the coaching staff and getting to know head coach Brian Kelly a little bit more. The four-star prospect had been to Notre Dame multiple times, so the chance to sit down with Kelly was big for the IMG Academy star.

“They just told me about how I would fit into their system and I got to speak with Coach Kelly about things in the future,” Griffith told Irish Sports Daily. “He also told me what was going to happen with my recruitment.”

I can joke around with him because I’ve been to Notre Dame a couple times now. - 2018 CB Houston Griffith on his relationship with Brian Kelly.
The 6-foot, 185-pounder admitted he started to let his guard down around Kelly, as the two have kept in regular contact.  

“I have a pretty good relationship with him,” stated Griffith. “I can joke around with him because I’ve been to Notre Dame a couple times now.

“I’ve also talked with him through text messages, Twitter and on the phone. We stay in contact.”

Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght has also made an impression on Griffith. There are a lot of similarities between Lyght’s path and his father’s, so Griffith is easily intrigued with the message from Lyght.  

“I’ve always had a good relationship with Coach Lyght since my freshman year,” he explained. His success does intrigue me a lot. It’s a guy I can learn a lot from because he played the position I played and he played at the highest level.”

In terms of his recruitment, Griffith knows he is a priority for Notre Dame and they are going to give him a shot to play early in his career. The Irish see Griffith fitting in somewhere in the defensive backfield if he chose to come to Notre Dame.  

“They told me they see me as a cornerback or a safety,” stated Griffith. They also feel I could make an impact right away as a freshman.”

So does the Chicago native have a preference on which position he plays in college? Nope.

“I just want to ball,” Griffith said.

Griffith also says he is hearing a lot from the Notre Dame commits and it’s no surprise that Markese Stepp is leading the charge, but he also feels a comfort level with the commits.

“I have good vibes from Markese,” Griffith stated. “We have gotten to know each other over the last few years.”

In terms of a decision, Griffith is still somewhat undecided on a commitment date, but the next step will be to cut down his list to a top group.  

“I am going to cut my list down this summer,” said Griffith.
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