Notre Dame met LB target Jack Lamb's lofty expectations

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

BEAVERTON, Ore. —  Jack Lamb didn’t need to see Notre Dame to know it was one of his top schools.

When the linebacker recruit named the five programs leading his recruitment in May, the Irish were the only one yet to host him for an unofficial visit.

Lamb eventually made his trip to South Bend on June 23. He left impressed.

“I had really high expectations,” Lamb said. “I felt as if they met those and even went past them. A great football history is at that school. It just blew me away. Being on that historical campus, getting to meet the coaches, walking through the trophy room and seeing what they've accomplished really stood out to me."

Notre Dame’s reputation alone sparked the interest of Lamb. And in just one visit, he checked off every box on his to-do list.

“I saw everything I needed to when I was there,” Lamb said. “I really enjoyed the visit. It exceeded my expectations. They left a really good impression on me."

Notre Dame has been aggressively pursuing linebackers to add to its 2018 class. The Irish already have received commitments from Bo Bauer and Ovie Oghoufo, but they could wind up adding a couple more players at the position. Lamb, like Bauer, projects as an inside linebacker.

Rivals ranks Lamb as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 inside linebacker in the country. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 15 inside linebacker.

Lamb plans to make a commitment decision before his senior season at Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak, meaning it’s unlikely that he would return to Notre Dame before then. The Irish will have to hope the first impression lasts.

Notre Dame will need to beat out Penn State, UCLA, Washington and Oregon. The toughest competition may come from Penn State, his parents’ alma mater, and UCLA, the in-state school.

“It's really cool to have them go there and have a chance to make that legacy,” Lamb said of Penn State. “I don't want that to impact my decision. I want it to be based off of me and what I've accomplished. Obviously, they're a great school already so I don't really need my parents' legacy to get me there. It's definitely a cool aspect."

In addition to proximity, UCLA has strong relationships working in its favor. Lamb said the Bruins have spent the most time getting to know him.

“I talk to (linebackers) coach Scott White and (defensive coordinator) Tom Bradley a lot,” Lamb said. “Tom Bradley had history as a Penn State coach for a long time. Both my parents went there. A lot of time I get to talk to him about that. It's really cool to make that connection."

The end of Lamb’s recruiting process is in sight. When clarity comes, he’ll make his commitment.

“It's stressful, but really fun at the same time to have this opportunity to go to college, have it paid for and not have to worry about your parents having to do it for you,” Lamb said. “In the next coming months, I definitely want to settle down and make that decision and not have to worry about it and be committed somewhere."

Top 3 for DE

Notre Dame’s not quite out of the running yet for defensive end Joseph Ossai. The product of Conroe (Tex.) Oak Ridge listed the Irish among his top three schools in an announcement Sunday on Twitter.

But Notre Dame will have its hands full in trying to pull Ossai out of the Lone Star State. Texas and Texas A&M are also in Ossai’s top three.

The 6-4, 217-pound defensive end received a Notre Dame offer in February, but has yet to visit the Irish.

247Sports slates Ossai as a four-star recruit and the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit and the No. 18 weakside defensive end.


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Notre Dame remains a top contender for 2018 linebacker target Jack Lamb. (Tribune Photo/TYLER JAMES)