On Monday, Irish Illustrated reported that Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly was out on the trail seeing Fighting Irish linebacker commit Jack Kiser. On Tuesday, we reported that Kelly returned to the recruiting trail and was visiting with Fighting Irish offensive tackle commit Andrew Kristofic.
Here’s the latest on his whereabouts for Wednesday.
According to a source, Kelly and safeties coach Terry Joseph are heading to Alexandria, Va., to visit with four-star safety Litchfield Ajavon, who has been committed to Notre Dame since Apr. 21. The 6-0, 190-pounder from the class of 2019 chose the Fighting Irish back in the spring over offers from Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and many others.
Ajavon was targeted early by defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clark Lea and then saw his recruitment from the Irish really pick up when Joseph joined the staff. There were a couple of top safety targets on the board for Joseph and the Irish landed them in Ajavon and four-star recruit Kyle Hamilton.
Led by current Irish defensive backs Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott, the play of Notre Dame’s safeties really picked up this year under Joseph. There were question marks heading into the season, but upon Joseph’s arrival, both players helped turn this group into one of the true strength’s of this Fighting Irish football team. Ajavon took notice.
“It’s reassuring that I made the right decision,” said Ajavon, when asked about the improved safety play this year impacting his decision. “If you have a coach that is specific to your position, you see the growth that the position has. Not to say coach Elko didn’t do a great job with the safeties, but he also had to look over the entire defense. This year, having coach Joseph specifically with the safeties, you can see the elevation in their play. I’m looking forward to getting taught how to play the position. This is my third year playing the position and I’m positive that I have a lot more that I need to learn. Being taught how to play the safety position the right way by coach Joseph is going to make that much of a difference in my game. I can’t wait. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Ajavon will sign with Notre Dame next week during the Dec. 19-21 Early Signing Period.
Per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Ajavon is the No. 222 overall player in the country, No. 19 safety nationally and No. 6 prospect in Virginia from the class of 2019.