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Major target locks in Notre Dame visit

One of the top safeties in the class of 2020, a top of the board target for the Fighting Irish coaching staff, has locked in his first trip to Notre Dame.

Irish Illustrated and 247Sports have the latest.

Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic four-star safety Lathan Ransom is a recruit we have discussed often at Irish Illustrated. The 6-2, 183-pounder is a prospect that sits very high on Notre Dame’s board and he is very much coveted by safeties coach Terry Joseph and defensive coordinator Clark Lea.

Ransom has informed us that he will be in South Bend for the next Junior Day event on Feb. 23, which will be his first trip to campus. His father will join him on the trip.

Joseph, along with wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander, have put in a ton of work with the west coast standout. The staff is pushing extremely hard and that seems to be paying off on the recruiting trail.

“Notre Dame is such a great academic and athletic school,” said Ransom. “They have definitely made an impact. They text me every week and it means a lot. Seeing their safeties be successful is intriguing.”

Per the 247Sports Crystal Ball, it’s Stanford that is the perceived favorite. Two picks are currently on his profile for the Cardinal. However, Notre Dame is expected to be a legitimate player in this recruitment and will likely see its chances improve if all goes well next month when he visits.

Others in play includes Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Washington and USC.

On Tuesday, look for Alexander, and potentially Joseph as well, to head back to Salpointe Catholic high school to check in on Ransom and continue making him an even bigger priority.

Per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Ransom is the No. 217 overall player nationally, No. 12 safety in the country and No. 7 prospect in Arizona from the class of 2020.

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