SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With fall camp looming, Notre Dame football used the final week of July to welcome recruits to campus for unofficial visits.
The Irish continued to target defensive backs, and a few prospects scheduled official visits for the 2015 season.
Let’s round up the week’s recruiting news.
Class-of-2016 athlete Lamar Jackson announced his intentions to visit South Bend for an official visit when the Irish host Texas in the season opener at the outset of September.
Jackson, at 6’3”, 205 pounds, is the No. 5 safety and No. 91 overall prospect in the nation. The Elk Grove, California, product hauled in his offer from Notre Dame at the beginning of June.
After decommitting from Arizona State in mid-July, class-of-2016 safety D.J. Morgan scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame for the Texas matchup Sept. 5.
The No. 26 safety and No. 449 overall prospect, Morgan hails from Bellflower, California, and originally committed to the Sun Devils in May.
Class-of-2016 athlete Jordan Fuller took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Thursday, his first trip to campus.
The 4-star defensive back is the No. 10 athlete and No. 120 player in the class. Fuller shared his thoughts on the school with Irish247’s Tom Loy following his visit:
I’d say they’re up there now. They’re definitely up there now.
[The Notre Dame staff was] selling Notre Dame as a really, really good opportunity for me. It’s one of the expensive scholarships you can get and I’d be able to go there for free. They told me that the degree truly means something in the world and it could help me with my future. They said that they can help me and that I can help them with my athletic ability and my play in the secondary.
Per Loy, Fuller is not naming leaders or committing to official visits for the time being.
The Arlington Heights, Illinois, native is the No. 6 tight end and No. 246 overall prospect in the class as he heads into his junior campaign. Kmet took an unofficial visit to South Bend on Thursday.
Kmet was on campus in June for the Irish Invasion camp.
“Coach [Brian] Kelly talked to me about how well I did at the Irish Invasion and how much the entire staff wanted me at Notre Dame,” Kmet told Loy. “He told me that I am the type of person they look for to come to Notre Dame, a person who is willing to compete in both the classroom and the football field. Overall, it was a great day.”
The Irish welcomed one of their top defensive back targets to town when class-of-2016 cornerback Damar Hamlin descended on Notre Dame on Friday.
Currently slotted as the No. 13 cornerback and No. 145 prospect in the class, Hamlin also visited Ohio State and Penn State in July.
Class-of-2017 safety Paris Ford, a Pittsburgh native, also visited campus Friday.
The No. 6 safety and No. 91 overall prospect in the class, Ford also visited Ohio State and Penn State in July.
Ford told Loy about his visit:
I think sitting down with Coach Kelly was the most impressive part. We sat down and talked about a Notre Dame degree and how he really liked me and he wants to be a part of his defensive back group. He was telling me that they played like nine freshmen on defense last year and they aren’t scared to play guys early. The best players will play, and I’m definitely looking to play early, so that’s big.
Per Loy, Ford said Notre Dame is one of six schools that has caught his attention, though the safety said he hasn’t trimmed his recruitment.
Class-of-2017 inside linebacker David Adams was the third Pittsburgh-area prospect to visit campus Friday.
Adams is slotted as the No. 3 inside ‘backer and No. 96 recruit in the class. He visited Penn State two weeks before the trip to South Bend.
Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting stats and information courtesy of 247Sports.com, and all quotes obtained firsthand. Star ratings reflect the 247Sports composite rankings.
Mike Monaco is the lead Notre Dame writer for Bleacher Report. Follow @MikeMonaco on Twitter.