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4-star LB Jack Lamb grew up a Penn State fan, will play at Notre Dame
For the second time this week, a linebacker on Penn State’s 2018 recruiting board committed to Notre Dame. Jack Lamb, a senior at Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.) High School, announced his intention to play for the Fighting Irish on Thursday, following 4-star New Jersey standout Shayne Simon:
— jack lamb (@JackLamb_) July 28, 2017
Considered the No. 6 inside linebacker in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings, his decision ultimately came down to Notre Dame and UCLA. However, the Nittany Lions seemed to be in excellent standing with the 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect as summer arrived.
Though Lamb was born and raised on the West Coast, he is the son of two Penn State graduates who grew up in New Jersey. He traveled to Happy Valley in April, and he told Land of 10 he considers himself a supporter of the program.
Lamb, who secured 117 tackles — 18 for loss — and 4 sacks in 2016, is actually named after legendary Nittany Lions linebacker Jack Ham. Earlier this year, it almost felt as though was destined to suit up in blue and white.
“It’s great to have this chance to carry on that legacy of Linebacker U, and I think it would be awesome to become a part of it,” Lamb said in May. “Obviously my dad couldn’t have predicted this when he named me Jack. To have this background with my parents going there and the Jack Ham thing, it’s a really cool situation that I’m in.”
Whether it was the Penn State coaching staff that cooled off in this recruitment or Lamb himself, something changed as summer progressed. He never returned to campus and this suddenly became a two-team race that didn’t include the Nittany Lions.
Lamb, an Army All-American who competed at The Opening, continues a strong late-July run for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Penn State, with seven pledges of its own this month, will turn elsewhere if it intends to add a fourth player at the position this cycle.
As currently constructed, the Nittany Lions class includes three linebacker commits: 4-star recruits Jesse Luketa and Nick Tarburton and 3-star prospect Charlie Katshir.
5-star OT Devontae Dobbs confirms State College visit
Penn State will host one of the nation’s premier offensive linemen Saturday when Devontae Dobbs comes to town. Listed No. 1 overall among tackles in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, he confirmed this upcoming campus visit with Land of 10.
The trip initially was reported by Sean Fitz of 247Sports, who noted Dobbs will be joined by Belleville (Michigan) High teammate Julian Barnett, a 2019 defensive back who could warrant consideration for a Nittany Lions offer this weekend or down the line.
Dobbs, a 6-4, 270-pound blocker, secured a Penn State offer in June 2016, shortly after his freshman year. His offer sheet has swelled to include nearly 30 universities, and his recent visits include Alabama and Ohio State.
Michigan leads the 247Sports Crystal Ball with 67 percent of experts’ predictions. This shapes up to be a contentious Big Ten battle, and Saturday presents a chance for Penn State to further insert itself into the mix.
Just days before the start of Nittany Lions training camp, coach James Franklin and his staff have a crucial opportunity to impress this prized lineman and further evaluate Barnett.
4-star CB Houston Griffith reiterates plan to visit Happy Valley before his commitment
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) welcomed reporters to campus Wednesday for media day, allowing 4-star cornerback Houston Griffith to give the latest details on his recruitment. The Chicago native and Illinois football legacy is focused on a select few schools and told Land of 10 last month he intends to announce a decision mid-season.
He also expressed plans to line up an official visit to Penn State during our June 15 discussion, and that still seems to be the case. Griffith said the Nittany Lions are still in position to host him for an official visit, along with Florida State, Nebraska and Ohio State, according to Corey Bender of Scout.com.
He has visited Penn State twice, and he expressed enthusiasm about where the Nittany Lions are headed.
“You can see he’s taking the program back to where it used to be,” Griffith said of coach James Franklin. “It’s on the rise. I know they’re a team that’s going to be competing for a Big Ten championship, and maybe the [College Football Playoff].”
Griffith shares a close relationship with Penn State secondary coach Tim Banks, who offered him a scholarship as a member of the Illinois staff before his freshman season.