After Notre Dame inked one of the Top 10 recruiting classes in the nation in 2018, it’s clear that the coaching staff collectively pulled their weight on the recruiting trail. However, Notre Dame cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght stands out above the rest.
Lyght spent 12 seasons in the NFL, making a Pro Bowl, three All-Pro teams, winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1991 and winning Super Bowl 34 with the St. Louis Rams. He’s done it and that helps him connect with elite athletes on an entirely different plane.
Which is probably why Rivals.com named him one of the Top 25 recruiters of the year on Saturday. And they awarded him the honor in large part because he absolutely killed it in the secondary on the recruiting trail.
“Notre Dame quietly had a very good National Signing Day, adding five prospects and finishing just outside the top 10 recruiting classes nationally,” Josh Helmholdt wrote of Lyght’s inclusion on the list. “One of the big pick-ups that day, and maybe the most surprising grab, was four-star cornerback Noah Boykin, who chose the Fighting Irish over a Florida team that was expected to get his signature.
“Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght orchestrated that recruitment, and he also brought in the classes’ top-ranked prospect in Houston Griffith. Other big gets for Lyght in the 2018 recruiting cycle with four-star Derrik Allen and three-star Joseph Wilkins.”
A former Notre Dame grad, Lyght is now entering his fourth season coaching at his alma mater and you know he has the technical knowledge to coach the position after 37 interceptions in his NFL career, but his evolution into one of the best recruiters in the nation truly makes him one of the best assistants in the country.
And it should only be a matter of time before he gets opportunities as a coordinator or even as a head coach.
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