Q&A: 2018 CB target Houston Griffith

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

ND Insider caught up with 2018 cornerback Houston Griffith after visiting for the Irish Invasion. Griffith received a Notre Dame offer following his previous visit in March.


247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 7 cornerback.

ND Insider: How was your latest visit to Notre Dame?

Griffith: “It was good actually. I got a chance to talk with the players and the coaches a lot more.”

NDI: What did you think of the whole camp environment?

Griffith: “I liked it. They were able to bring a bunch of kids from across the country to one location, and they were able to see the talent that was there at the camp.”

NDI: What’s your impression of defensive backs coach Todd Lyght?

Griffith: “I’ve always liked coach Lyght. He’s coached and played at the highest level. He’s played at Notre Dame, so he knows what it takes to be a great defensive back and to play at a great university and to play in the NFL. He knows what he’s talking about when he’s trying to coach his players.”

NDI: I know there were some commits hanging around with you. Was anyone pushing you?

Griffith: “No. Everybody knows that I’m just taking my time throughout the process. There was no pressure.”

NDI: Does (Irish safety commit) Isaiah Robertson stay in your ear?

Griffith: “Yeah. He always tells me about the school and what type of secondary he and I could be in if I chose to go to Notre Dame.”

NDI: How do you see yourself fitting in Notre Dame’s defense?

Griffith: “I see that I can play in the defense. I really liked it. I was able to watch some film with coach Lyght before the camp. He just was describing how his defensive backs play. They’re tough and aggressive, and they have to make plays on the ball. That’s something I’ve been trying to work on and something that I really key on when I’m playing the position.”

NDI: What’s the recruiting process been like for you with more and more schools offering you scholarships?

Griffith: “It’s been pretty exciting. It just shows the opportunities I have. A bunch of schools think I can play at their university and get an education at their school. I’m excited about it. Schools think I can play at a high level so it’s a great moment and a good time. I’m going to keep enjoying the process. When it’s time to narrow it down, I’ll have to get serious.”

NDI: What kind of advice has your dad (former Illinois and NFL fullback Howard Griffith) given you?

Griffith: “He always tells me to stay humble and stay hungry. That’s a key thing he always tells me. I have a target on my back because I have offers. A bunch of kids out there want offers, so they’re going to try to make plays on me. I always have to be on the top of my game any time I go out and compete.”

NDI: What are you looking for in schools as you go through the recruiting process?

Griffith: “I want to win a national championship at the school I go to. Three other things that I’m looking for are the academics of the school, the connections I’ll have after school and what the degree can do for me and then just the football program in general.”

Cornerback Houston Griffith, a 2018 target, returned to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)