Notre Dame Commits And Targets Game Preview

September 8, 2017 Corey Bodden, Staff Writer

Quarterback commit Phil Jurkovec will look to continue his hot start to the season.

Before many of Notre Dame's top targets and commits make their way to South Bend, they will suit up for their respective high school teams to continue their prep seasons.

Check below to see where each player will be tonight.

NOTE: Due to Hurricane Irma, many of Florida's prep games are being postponed which includes Irish commits Kevin Austin and George Takacs.


Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep (1-0) vs. Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep (1-0) - Irish commits Jayson Ademilola, Justin Ademilola and Shayne Simon will face a tough test this week facing USA Today’s No. 13 team nationally tomorrow (Sept. 9). St. Joseph’s went 14-0 last season clinching the Pennsylvania Class 6A state title over 2017 Irish signees David Adams and Kurt Hinish. The game will be played at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep (2-0) at Erie (Pa.) McDowell (1-1) - Matthew Bauer and his Cathedral Prep team have allowed just seven points through its first two games including just 87 yards last week against Erie (Pa.) High. Cathedral Prep defeated McDowell 31-15 last season. McDowell finished 9-2 in 2016.

Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local (2-0) at Coldwater (Ohio) High (1-1) - Offensive lineman commit John Dirksen and his Marion Local team look to avenge a 17-14 loss in 2016 to Coldwater, the Flyers lone loss on the way to a state title. Coldwater finished runner-up in Ohio’s Division V.

Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline (1-0) at Berlin (Md.) Decatur (1-0) - North Caroline and defensive tackle commit Ja’Mion Franklin defeated Decatur 42-10 in 2016 and look to do the same in 2017.

Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township (1-1) vs. Libertyville (Ill.) High (1-1) - Irish wide receiver commit Micah Jones and Warren Township hope to get over .500 on the season against Libertyville, a team which defeated Warren Township 28-26.

Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland (2-0) at Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley (0-1) - Quarterback commit Phil Jurkovec only played in six games last season with one being in a 51-20 victory over Seneca Valley. Jurkovec has 12 total touchdowns through two games.

Phil Jurkovec
Dual-threat quarterback
Notre Dame
RR: 5.9
Ht: 6'5.0"
Wt: 190.0
Class: 2018

Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren (3-0) vs. Cecilia (Ky.) Central Hardin (2-1) - Junior defensive tackle Jacob Lacey has been a force in the middle of the South Warren defense allowing 27 points in three contests. South Warren defeated Central Hardin 27-20 in 2016.

Brentwood (Tenn.) High (3-0) at Clarksville (Tenn.) West Creek (2-1) - Notre Dame offensive tackle commit Cole Mabry looks to continue anchor a line which is helping Brentwood average 31 points per game.

Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch (2-0) vs. Reno (Nev.) Hug (0-2) - Notre Dame’s 2019 quarterback commit Cade McNamara hopes to bounce back after a 12 of 32, two touchdown and two interception performance last week against Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Damonte Ranch defeated Hug 63-13 in 2016.

Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison (1-1) vs. Rochester Hills (Mich.) Stoney Creek (1-1) - Linebacker commit Ovie Oghoufo looks to help lead Harrison on both sides of the ball to get above .500 on the season. Stoney Creek finished 2-7 in 2016.

Sanford (N.C.) Lee County (3-0) at Raeford (N.C.) Hoke County (0-2) - Running back Jahmir Smith is on a roll to start his senior season scoring two touchdowns in each of Lee County’s first three games. Lee County will also look to continue its shutout streak which is at three games. The Yellow Jackets have outscored their opponents 119-0.

Indianapolis Cathedral (0-3) vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (1-2) - Running back commit Markese Stepp and the Cathedral Fighting Irish look to get their first win of the season against Bishop Chatard which finished 6-6 last year including a 44-10 loss against Cathedral.


Baltimore Gilman (0-2) vs. North Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep (1-0) - Gilman and defensive end target Thomas Booker will try to get their first win of the season against a Georgetown Prep team which finished 7-3 last season.

Milpitas (Calif.) High (1-0) vs. Berkeley (Calif) High (1-0) - Cornerback target Tariq Bracy and Milpitas will attempt to move to 2-0 against Berkeley which ended 2016 at 4-6.

Loganville (Ga.) High (0-2) at Covington (Ga.) Eastside (2-1) - Cornerback target Donte Burton and Loganville look to blank Eastside for the second straight year after winning 21-0 in their 2016 matchup.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite (2-0) at Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt (1-0) - Safety target Julius Irvin, who will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend, and Servite have a chance to move to 2-0 against Roosevelt which advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals in 2016.

Thomas Booker
Defensive tackle

RR: 5.8
Ht: 6'4.0"
Wt: 280.0
Class: 2018
Commitment status:

New Orleans McDonogh 35 (1-1) vs. Marerro (La.) L.W. Higgins (0-1) - Irish wide receiver target Lawrence Keys and McDonogh look to get on the scoreboard this week after a 6-0 loss last week. They face a L.W. Higgins team which finished 4-7 last season and they defeated 20-6.

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian (1-1) vs. Chico (Calif) Pleasant Valley (1-1) - Safety target D'Angelo McKenzie and Valley Christian look to repeat their win over Pleasant Valley from last season (17-14). Pleasant Valley finished 11-3 last season on their way to a CIF 4-A state title.

Santa Ana Mater Dei (2-0) vs. La Mirada (Calif.) High (0-2) - Offensive line target Chris Murray and Mater Dei won their highly anticipated matchup against top-five Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (1-1). Their attention now turns to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 state champion La Mirada team which they defeated 48-0 last season.

Etiwanda (Calif.) High (1-1) vs. Corona (Calif) Centennial (1-1) – Wide receiver target Geordon Porter will face a tough challenge in USA Today’s No. 7 team. He’ll look to repeat his 256-yard and four touchdown performance from last week.

Atlanta Pace (0-2) at Thomson (Ga.) High (3-0) - Five-star guard target Jamaree Salyer, who will visit Notre Dame this weekend, will look to avenge a 2016 loss to the Georgia Class 4A state runner-up.

Salt Lake City East (2-1) at Saratoga Springs (Utah) Westlake (0-3) - Offensive guard target Sam Taimani and East look to go to 3-1 against winless Westlake.


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