Sam Gans | Thursday, February 7, 2013
6’3″ • 212
Bishop Luers High School
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Rated the No. 7 overall prospect in the country by ESPN, Jaylon Smith is widely considered the top outside linebacker prospect in the nation. The extremely athletic Smith has both the speed to cover receivers and the block-shedding ability to pressure the quarterback, and he could play either the cat or dog linebacker position in Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco’s scheme. Irish coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday that Smith will challenge for playing time at the dog position.Smith is a good tackler but could also add muscle to his frame to increase his strength.Smith, the only Indiana signee for the Irish in the 2013 class, won a state championship all four years of high school at Fort Wayne’s Bishop Luers. Though he also played running back for the Knights, he projects solely as a defensive player at Notre Dame.