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Oct. 1, 2018

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46 OCT. 1, 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP • WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman: Had one yard and a fumble on nine carries, per The Edwards- ville Intelligencer, for Edwardsville (Ill.) High (1-3) in a 21-7 loss to Aurora (Ill.) Waubonsie Valley (4-0). Next game: vs. Alton (Ill) High (2-2). • S Litchfield Ajavon: Opened his season with 10 tackles and a sack in a 21-17 win for Alexan- dria (Va.) Episcopal over Baltimore Gilman (0-1). Next game: vs. Washington (D.C.) Maret (2-1). • TE Kevin Bauman (2020): Caught one pass for 13 yards and a touchdown for Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic (3-0) in a 45-7 victory over Toms River (N.J.) South (0-2). Next game: at Red Bank (N.J.) Regional (2-0). • P Jay Bramblett: Completed 12 of 16 passes for 203 yards with two touchdowns for Tusca- loosa (Ala.) Hillcrest (2-2) in a 62-0 win over Brookwood (Ala.) High (1-3). Next game: at Tus- caloosa (Ala.) Northridge (0-4). • OL Quinn Carroll: Edina (Minn.) High (2-1) fell 23-0 to Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata (2-1). Next game: Apple Valley (Minn.) Eastview (2-1). • QB Brendon Clark: Completed 13 of 19 passes for 279 yards with four touchdowns plus rushed for 35 yards and two scores on nine carries in a 62-9 victory for Midlothian (Va.) Manchester (3-0) over Richmond (Va.) Monacan (3-1). Next game: at Midlothian (Va.) High (1-3). • OL Zeke Correll: Helped Cincinnati Anderson (2-1) compile nearly 300 passing yards in a 35- 14 loss to Kings Mills (Ohio) High (3-1). Next game: at Cincinnati Withrow (0-4). • DE Howard Cross: Recorded five total stops, one tackle for loss and 0.5 sacks for Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph (2-1) in a 24-17 win over Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic. Next game: via Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII. • LB Osita Ekwonu: Charlotte (N.C.) Provi- dence Day (1-3) notched a 51-0 victory versus Hickory (N.C.) Hawks High. Next game: at Con- cord (N.C.) Cannon (1-3). • S Kyle Hamilton: Caught four passes for 64 yards for Atlanta Marist (3-1) in a 17-0 loss to Atlanta St. Pius X Catholic (4-1). Next game: at Cleveland (Ga.) White County (1-3). • WR Cam Hart: Olney (Md.) Good Counsel (2-1) suffered a 34-27 loss to Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep (2-0), USA Today's No. 15 team in the country. Next game: vs. Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic (1-2). • LB Jack Kiser: Led his team in tackles with 16, plus had 154 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in a 78-0 win by Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer (5-0) versus Monon (Ind.) North White (0-5). Next game: at Bourbon (Ind.) Triton (3-2). • OL Andrew Kristofic: Helped Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland (3-1) accrue more than 400 yards of total offense, including 266 on the ground, in a 63-0 win over Butler (Pa.) High (0-4). Next game: at North Huntingdon (Pa.) Norwin (2-2). • DT Jacob Lacey: Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren (5-0) posted a 41-7 win over Leitchfield (Ky.) Grayson County (4-1). Next game: vs. Fort Collins (Colo.) Rocky Mountain (1-3). • TE Michael Mayer (2020): Hauled in five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown for Alex- andria (Ky.) Covington Catholic (5-0) in a 49-14 win over Fort Mitchell (Ky.) Beechwood (2-2). Next game: at Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis de Sales (3-1). • OL John Olmstead: Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph's (2-1) defeated South Plainfield (N.J.) High (2-1) 23-14. Next game: vs. Carteret (N.J.) High (2-0). • DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah: Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic (3-0) registered a 33-17 victory versus Celina (Texas) High (1-1). Next game: vs. Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills (0-3). • QB Drew Pyne (2020): Connected on 11 of 25 passes for 190 yards with four touchdowns to lead New Canaan (Conn.) High (1-1) to a 42-6 win over Danbury (Conn.) High (1-1). Next game: at Trumbull (Conn.) High (1-1). • DL Hunter Spears: Notched six total stops, four tackles for loss and two sacks in Sachse (Texas) High's 29-7 loss to Plano (Texas) East (3-0). Next game: vs. Wylie (Texas) High (0-3). • CB K.J. Wallace: Atlanta Lovett (1-3) was off this past week. Next game: at Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove (3-1). • RB Kyren Williams: Compiled 312 total yards (129 rushing and 183 receiving) and two touchdowns for St. Louis St. John Vianney (3-1) in a 49-35 triumph over St. Louis Chaminade (1-4). Next game: at St. Louis De Smet Jesuit (3-1). Commitment Updates Games played Sept. 14-15 unless otherwise noted RECRUITING NOTES • With limited space left in the class of 2019, Notre Dame isn't expected to add many new offers before the early signing period in December. However, the Irish are hard at work evaluating prospects in the class of 2020 and recently extended an offer to Justin Flowe, a five-star linebacker from Upland (Calif.) High. Flowe, the No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 3 overall player in the class of 2020 ac- cording to Rivals, holds a long list of offers from schools early in his junior year, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC. • Over the weekend of the Vanderbilt game, Notre Dame hosted Rivals250 wide receiver Collin Sullivan, a four-star prospect from Round Rock (Texas) High. Sullivan, Rivals' No. 117 overall player in the nation, called the visit "amazing," and said he loved getting to spend time with wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander. Sullivan first vis- ited Notre Dame for a skills camp over the summer and was eager to return and experience the game-day atmosphere in South Bend. Notre Dame has yet to offer Sullivan, but if he does eventually get one the Irish should be squarely in the mix. Sullivan currently holds offers from, among others, Arkansas, Oregon, Baylor, Purdue, Northwest- ern, Arizona and Houston. • Thanks to the national schedule of Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's, Rivals South- east analyst Chad Simmons got to see Notre Dame commit Howard Cross, Rivals' No. 24 strongside defensive end in the country, in action when his team took on Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage in a neutral-site game in Georgia. "Cross is a technician," Simmons said. "He is a strong defensive lineman that plays with leverage and active hands. He showed he could set the edge, work his hands and get up the field against Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage. "He is smart, and he is one who can be moved around the defensive front. His tech- nique was as impressive as anything. He is just a sound defender. His pad level is good and that won him some battles against an offensive tackle that was bigger than him. Cross looks like a good fit for the Irish." — Corey Bodden and David McKinney Follow @BGI_CoreyBodden and @BGI_DMcKinney on Twitter for daily recruiting updates available on! Notre Dame commit Howard Cross impressed Rivals Southeast snalyst Chad Simmons during his season opener. The site ranks Cross as the No. 24 strongside defensive end in the country. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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