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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

4-Star Virginia Safety Litchfield Ajavon

December 19, 2018

Safety Litchfield Ajavon‍ 

ISD: 91 - Four-Star 
Composite: 91.4 - Four-Star 

Episcopal (Alexandria, VA)
6’0 - 188 

Senior Stats
Defense: 70 tackles, two forced fumbles, one sack, one interception and one touchdown

Safeties coach Terry Joseph and defensive coordinator Clark Lea 

Recruitment Rundown
It wasn’t a dramatic recruitment but it did take some time to get Ajavon on campus. The four-star prospect visited Clemson, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina and Penn State before coming to a decision on the Irish. However, Ajavon took a visit to South Bend in June of 2017 and it became clear the Irish were the leaders, but when he returned to Notre Dame for a game in the fall, it was crystal clear Notre Dame had the lead. The Irish got him on campus one more time in the spring of 2018 before he committed nine days later.

Episcopal DB coach Erik Nowell
“The guy is a sponge. He’s going to learn everything. He’s almost like a perfectionist, he wants to make sure he gets everything right. He’s going to make sure everyone else around him is better. He’s just a phenomenal athlete. It’s not just football, he excels in track. You put him anywhere and he’ll succeed.”

ISD expert Jamie Uyeyama
I can’t think of any other recruits I have watched in recent years that hit like Ajavon. Kevin Harlan is my favorite play-by-play broadcaster and he onced described LeBron James dunking a basketball “with no regard for human life!”. That’s how Ajavon hits people on the football field.

He has a lot of room to improve as deep safety. His technique with his transitions, recognition of routes, and instincts overall are not where they need to be for him to compete to play in the base defense as a freshman in my opinion.He could very well be an impact player on special teams, though. If he puts in the work to develop his all-around game over the next couple of years, then I believe he has a chance to become a game-changing physical presence for the defense.

Favorite quote to ISD
“My dad wasn’t sold on letting me play football. “He wanted me to play soccer because he felt football was going to get me injured. There was a constant back and forth with him. I told him he got injured playing soccer, so I can get injured in whatever sport I played. I loved playing football, and finally one day he finally agreed and signed the form.

“He’s fine with me playing now.”

Senior Highlights


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