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Sept. 17, 2018

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Page 44 of 55 SEPT. 17, 2018 45 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP RECRUITING NOTES • Notre Dame safety commit Kyle Hamilton has accounted for three touchdowns through two games — one receiving, one blocked kick return and a 99-yard kickoff return. The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association recently named Hamilton to its watch list for the Georgia High School Football Player of the Year. He was a Nike Opening finalist and will par- ticipate in the All-American Bowl in January. • Notre Dame extended two offers in the class of 2021 during the weekend of the Michigan game. Pickerington (Ohio) North athlete Jack Sawyer holds additional offers from Kentucky, Mary- land, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and others. Garrett Dellinger, a 6-6, 230-pound offensive tackle from Clarkston (Mich.) High, holds early offers from Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. So far, Notre Dame has offered seven prospects in the class of 2021. • Cornerback Max Williams, a four-star Rivals100 prospect from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra, tore his ACL in the first game of his senior year. Despite the injury, Williams's recruiting is right on schedule. He will be on campus at Notre Dame for an official visit Sept. 29 when Stanford comes to town, and will also visit Oregon and USC before announcing his commitment in October. The four-star told Rivals national analyst Adam Gorney that he talked to each coaching staff following the injury, and each of them reaffirmed their interest in landing his commitment. • Notre Dame will host Rivals250 defensive end Joshua Pakola of Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis for an official visit Sept. 14-16. It will be the first time in South Bend for the nation's No. 7 strongside defensive end and No. 116 overall player, who has the Irish in his final eight along with Stanford, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Washington and Georgia. — Corey Bodden and David McKinney • S Litchfield Ajavon: Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal has yet to begin its season. First game: at Baltimore Gilman (0-0) Sept. 15. • TE Kevin Bauman (2020): Caught four passes for 47 yards to help Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic (1-0) begin its season with a 41-14 win over Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney (0-1). Next game: vs. Oakhurst (N.J.) Ocean Township (0-1). • P Jay Bramblett: Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest (1-1) defeated Tuscaloosa (Ala.) County (2-0) 30-20. Next game: at Hueytown (Ala.) High (1-1). • OL Quinn Carroll: Helped pave the way for 283 rushing yards in Edina (Minn.) High's (1-0) season-opening 13-8 win over Lakeville (Minn.) South (0-1). Next game: vs. Rosemount (Minn.) High (0-1). • QB Brendon Clark: Threw for 131 yards and three touchdowns in Midlo- thian (Va.) Manchester's (1-0) 75-0 win over Fredericksburg (Va.) Riverbend (1-1). Next game: at Midlothian (Va.) Cosby (1-1). • OL Zeke Correll: Helped lead Cincinnati Anderson (2-0) to a 36-31 come- back win over Hamilton (Ohio) High (0-2) … Anderson racked up 458 yards through the air. Next game: vs. Harrison (Ohio) High (1-1). • DE Howard Cross: Recorded five tackles, but Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph (0-1) fell 20-17 in its season opener against Plantation (Fla.) American Heri- tage (1-1). Next game: vs. Philadelphia Imhotep Charter (1-1). • LB Osita Ekwonu: Charlotte Providence Day (0-2) had a bye. Next game: at New London (N.C.) North Stanley (0-1). • S Kyle Hamilton: Racked up 210 return yards, two receptions for 30 yards and two touchdowns while also making multiple tackles on defense to help Atlanta Marist (2-0) defeat Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor (0-2) 33-14 … His touchdowns came via a 99-yard kickoff return and on a blocked field goal return. Next game: at Atlanta Westminster (2-1). • WR Cam Hart: Carried the ball nine times for 149 yards and three touch- downs in a 35-35 tie between his Olney (Md.) Good Counsel (1-0-1) team and Severn (Md.) Archbishop Spalding (0-0-1) … The game was called due to bad weather. Next game: vs. Baltimore Mount St. Joseph (2-0). • LB Jack Kiser: Scored five touchdowns, made 11 tackles and forced a fumble to help Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer (3-0) cruise to a 66-19 win over Lakeville (Ind.) LaVille (1-2). Next game: vs. Fulton (Ind.) Caston (0-3). • OL Andrew Kristofic: Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland (1-0) took down Greens- burg (Pa.) Hempfield Area (1-1) 49-0. Next game: at Moon Township (Pa.) Moon Area (1-1). • DT Jacob Lacey: Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren (3-0) continued its strong start to the year with a 36-14 win over Franklin (Ky.) Simpson (2-1) … Was part of a South Warren defense that allowed just 77 total yards. Next game: vs. Cecilia (Ky.) Central Hardin (1-2). • TE Michael Mayer (2020): Hauled in three passes for 35 yards and a touch- down in a 54-7 win for Alexandria (Ky.) Covington Catholic (3-0) over Union (Ky.) Cooper (1-1). Next game: vs. Kings Mill (Ky.) Kings (2-0). • OL John Olmstead: Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph began its season with a 9-7 loss to North Brunswick (N.J.) High (1-0). Next game: vs. Colonia (N.J.) High (0-1). • DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah: Was named The Fort Worth Star Telegram's De- fensive Player of the Game after helping Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic (1-0) to a 29-6 triumph over Houston Kinkaid. Next game: at Burkburnett (Texas) High (1-0). • QB Drew Pyne (2020): New Canaan (Conn.) High has yet to begin its sea- son. First game: at Trumbull (Conn.) St. Joseph Sept. 8. • DL Hunter Spears Had multiple tackles, including one for loss, in his first game back since tearing his ACL before his junior year, but Sachse (Texas) High (0-1) fell 30-28 to Coppell (Texas) High (1-0). Next game: at Euless (Texas) Trinity (1-0). • CB K.J. Wallace: Atlanta Lovett (1-2) picked up a 43-0 win over Atlanta B.E.S.T. Academy (1-2). Next game: at Forsyth (Ga.) Mary Persons (3-0). • RB Kyren Williams: Scored two touchdowns — a 42-yard reception and a 40-yard fumble return — to help St. Louis St. John Vianney (1-1) defeat Belleville (Ill.) Althoff Catholic (1-1) 63-17. Next game: at Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias (2-0). Follow @BGI_CoreyBodden and @BGI_DMcKinney on Twitter for daily recruiting updates available on! The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association named Irish safety commit Kyle Hamilton to its watch list for the Georgia High School Football Player of the Year award. 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