Notre Dame football coaches hit road for first week of contact period

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Following the end of Notre Dame’s regular season, the Irish coaching staff quickly started to make visits to see recruits across the country. The current contact period for the 2018 class started on Sunday and runs through Dec. 16.

During this time, coaches can visit a recruit once a week. Those visits typically take place at a recruit’s high school or at his home. A head coach can only visit a recruit once for the entire recruiting cycle which includes the current contact period and the contact period that resumes Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 3.

The following recruits reported receiving visits from the Irish coaching staff this week. The recruits listed below are in the 2018 class unless noted otherwise. Visits to see recruits who are not yet seniors include limited contact at their schools, per NCAA rules.


• CB target Tariq Bracy, Milpitas (Calif.) High - recruiting coordinator Brian Polian and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght.


• WR target Chase Cota, South Medford (Ore.) High - head coach Brian Kelly and Polian

Great to have a trio of Notre Dame coaches come by today! First recruit coach Kelly came to see on the road this cycle! #GoIrish ☘️

— Chase Cota (@ccota_) November 27, 2017

• CB target Kyler Gordon, Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murray - Kelly, Polian and Lyght

• DE target Malik Langham, Hunstville (Ala.) Lee - defensive line coach Mike Elston

Blessed to receive an scholarship offer from Notre Dame. Great in home visit too

— Malik Langham (@malik_langham) November 28, 2017

• 2019 DT commit Jacob Lacey, Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren - Elston

• TE target Tommy Tremble, Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan - offensive coordinator Chip Long

Glad to be the first player Coach Long visited on this busy week, had a amazing time with him #GoIrish ☘️☘️

— Tommy Tremble™ (@TommyTrem) November 28, 2017

• S commit Paul Moala, Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn - defensive coordinator Mike Elko

• 2019 RB target Derrian Brown, Buford (Ga.) High - running back Autry Denson


• WR target Amon-Ra St. Brown, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei - Kelly, Polian and wide receiver coach DelVaughn Alexander

• LB commit Jack Lamb, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak - Kelly, Polian and linebackers coach Clark Lea

Great Home visit with some of my future coaches! ☘️☘️☘️

— jack lamb (@JackLamb_) November 29, 2017

• LB target Solomon Tuliaupupu, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei - Kelly and Polian

• OL commit Cole Mabry, Brentwood (Tenn.) High - offensive line coach Harry Hiestand

• LB commit Ovie Oghoufo, Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison - Elko

• 2019 S target Brian Williams, Dallas Bishop Dunne - Lyght

• 2019 DE target NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic - Lyght

• WR commit Kevin Austin, Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep - Denson

• QB commit Phil Jurkovec, Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland - Long


• WR commit Geordon Porter, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda - Kelly, Alexander and Polian

Great in house visit from my coaches at Notre Dame!!

— GP® (@GeordonPorter) November 30, 2017

• DB target Julius Irvin, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite - Kelly and Polian

• DB target Houston Griffith, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy - Lyght

• DT commit Ja’mion Franklin, Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline - Elston

Appreciate my guy stopping by .. the future is bright

— J-Shmoney (@Jamion_Franklin) November 30, 2017

• OL target Luke Jones, Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy - Hiestand

• TE commit George Takacs, Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast - Chip Long

• CB commit Joe Wilkins Jr., North Fort Myers (Fla.) High - Denson and Lyght

• LB target Payton Wilson, Hillsborough (N.C.) Orange - Elko and Lea


• S commit Derrik Allen, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter - Kelly and Elko

Really appreciate @CoachBrianKelly and @CoachMikeElko stopping by our home for a great visit. Future is bright. #GoIrish ☘️

— Derrik Allen (@CoachdAllen) December 1, 2017

• WR target Lawrence Keys, New Orleans McDonogh 35 - Long and Alexander

Great in home visit with ND ☘️☘️

— Lawrence Keys III (@Double_doo1) December 1, 2017

• OL target Nicholas Petit-Frere, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep - Hiestand

• CB target Noah Boykin, Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson - Lyght


• DT commit Jayson Ademilola, DE commit Justin Ademilola and ROV Shayne Simon, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep - Elko, Elston and Lea

• WR commit Micah Jones, Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township - Alexander

Had a great time talking about the NEAR future with coach

— Micah Jones (@mej2018) December 2, 2017

• RB commit Markese Stepp, Indianapolis Cathedral - Denson

Notre Dame wide receiver commit Geordon Porter, second from right, received an in-home visit from Irish wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander (left to right), recruiting coordinator Brian Polian and head coach Brian Kelly. (Photo provided)