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Preseason 2018

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68 PRESEASON 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP RECRUITING NOTES • Notre Dame was set to host 2019 Rivals100 corner- back Max Williams on an offi- cial visit Nov. 10 when Florida State comes to town, but those plans have changed. Williams announced in Au- gust that he would be com- mitting to the school of his choice Oct. 6, so he adjusted his visit schedule. The Gar- dena (Calif.) Junipero Serra product informed Blue & Gold Illustrated that his offi- cial visit to Notre Dame has been moved up to Sept. 29 when the Irish host Stanford. USC likely leads for Wil- liams, but Notre Dame will have the chance to change that should the visit indeed take place. Rivals rates Wil- liams as the No. 13 corner- back and No. 93 overall player in the nation. • The latest edition of the Rivals100 for the class of 2019 was released Aug. 14, and three Notre Dame commits made the cut. Offensive tackle Quinn Carroll of Edina (Minn.) High led the way at No. 42, with fellow offensive lineman John Olmstead of Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph's landing at No. 68. Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal safety Litchfield Ajavon rounded out the trio, checking in at No. 85. • Preseason honors have begun to stack up for Notre Dame commits, particularly for safety Kyle Hamilton of Atlanta Marist School. Hamilton was named preseason AAAA best player by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while also being named to the preseason first-team defense. Hamilton also received preseason first-team all-state recognition from the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. He was also recently selected to participate in the 2019 All-American Bowl in San Antonio Jan. 5, where he will compete alongside fellow Irish commits punter Jay Bramblett of Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest and defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah of Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic. Bramblett was named to USA Today's All-USA Preseason Football Team as the unit's punter. • Irish fans that follow recruiting will be able to see one of Notre Dame's commits in action on national television Oct. 12. Three-star wide receiver Cam Hart and his Olney (Md.) Good Counsel team, which was ranked No. 23 in the preseason by USA Today, will take on No. 5 Washington (D.C.) St. John's live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. — Corey Bodden and David McKinney Quarterback Brendon Clark, 6-2, 210, Midlothian, Va. (Manchester) Running Back Kenan Christon, 5-10, 175, San Diego (Madison) King Doerue, 6-0, 200, Amarillo, Texas (Tascosa) Kyren Williams, 5-9, 191, St. Louis (St. John Vianney) Wide Receiver Kendall Abdur-Rahman, 6-0, 175, Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville) Kyle Ford, 6-3, 195, Orange, Calif. (Lutheran) Cam Hart, 6-3, 181, Olney, Md. (Good Counsel) Cornelius Johnson, 6-3, 195, Greenwich, Conn. (Brunswick) Trey Knox, 6-5, 218, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Blackman) Tight End Brenton Strange, 6-4, 209, Parkersburg, W.Va. (Parkersburg)* Offensive Line Quinn Carroll, 6-6, 280, Edina, Minn. (Edina) Zeke Correll, 6-5, 275, Cincinnati (Anderson) Andrew Kristofic, 6-6, 260, Gibsonia, Pa. (Pine-Richland) John Olmstead, 6-6, 285, Metuchen, N.J. (St. Joseph's) Walter Rouse, 6-6, 280, Silver Spring, Md. (Sidwell Friends) Enokk Vimahi, 6-5, 270, Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku) Defensive End Howard Cross, 6-2, 240, Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph's Regional) Aeneas DiCosmo, 6-2, 218, Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) Josiah Miamen, 6-4, 220, Dunlap, Ill. (Dunlap) NaNa Osafo-Mensah, 6-4, 215, Fort Worth, Texas (Nolan Catholic) Joshua Pakola, 6-3, 230, Mountain View, Calif. (St. Francis) Ty Robinson, 6-6, 255. Gilbert, Ariz. (Higley) Christian Rorie, 6-6, 260, Raleigh, N.C. (Enloe) Bralen Trice, 6-4, 230, Phoenix (O'Connor) Defensive Tackle Jacob Lacey, 6-2, 295, Bowling Green, Ky. (South Warren) Hunter Spears, 6-5, 260, Sachse, Texas (Sachse) Linebacker Osita Ekwonu, 6-2, 215, Charlotte, N.C. (Providence Day) David Gbenda, 6-0, 212, Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch)* Ralen Goforth, 6-2, 215, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco) Jack Kiser, 6-2, 206, Royal Center, Ind. (Pioneer) Henry To'oto'o, 6-2, 210, Concord, Calif. (De La Salle) Cornerback Trent McDuffie, 5-11, 175, Anaheim, Calif. (Servite) Isaiah Rutherford, 6-2, 170, Carmichael, Calif. (Jesuit) K.J. Wallace, 5-10, 182, Atlanta (Lovett) Max Williams, 5-10, 175, Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra) Safety Litchfield Ajavon, 6-0, 185, Alexandria, Va. (Episcopal) Kyle Hamilton, 6-3, 183, Atlanta (Marist School) Athlete Cameron Wynn, 5-11, 165, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Notre Dame) Specialist Jay Bramblett, 6-2, 175, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Hillcrest) Master List Changes Prospects Removed: RB Derrian Brown of Buford, Ga. (no longer considering Notre Dame); RB Julius Davis of Menomonee Falls, Wis. (remains committed to Wisconsin); WR Joseph Ngata of Folsom, Calif. (committed to Clemson); OL Julius Buelow of Kapolei, Hawai'i (no longer being recruited by Notre Dame); OT Troy Fautanu of Henderson, Nev. (no longer being recruited by Notre Dame); OT Sean Rhyan of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (no longer considering Notre Dame); DE M.J. Anderson of St. Louis (committed to Minnesota); DE Etinosa Reuben of Kansas City, Mo. (committed to Clemson); and LB Tristan Sinclair of Danville, Calif. (committed to Stanford). Follow @BGI_CoreyBodden and @BGI_DMcKinney on Twitter for daily updates available on! Class Of 2019 Scholarship Offer Master List Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra corner- back Max Williams — the nation's No. 93 overall prospect according to Rivals — is expected to take an official visit to Notre Dame for the Stanford game Sept. 29. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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