Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 19, 2018

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46 NOV. 19, 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP RECRUITING NOTES • Notre Dame 2020 quarterback commit Drew Pyne put himself in the record books in week eight of his junior sea- son, becoming the all-time leading passer in New Canaan (Conn.) High history, surpassing the previous mark of 6,335 yards, in a 34-0 win over Norwalk (Conn.) High. The junior has recorded 6,444 passing yards and 74 passing touchdowns in his prep career. This season, Pyne has completed 121 of 183 passes (66.1 percent) for 1,742 yards with 23 touchdowns and three interceptions. • Irish offensive line commit Andrew Kristofic of Gibso- nia (Pa.) Pine-Richland took his official visit to Notre Dame Nov. 10 to watch the Fighting Irish take on Florida State. Kristofic was one of several Irish commits in town for the game, including four-star safety Kyle Hamilton, four- star defensive tackle Jacob Lacey, four-star defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah, four-star linebacker Osita Ekwonu and three-star cornerback K.J. Wallace. • Four-star 2020 outside linebacker Kalel Mullings of Milton (Mass.) Academy took a visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan game Sept. 1, and will see the Irish play one more time this season. When Notre Dame hosts its Shamrock Series game in Yankee Stadium Nov. 17, Mullings will travel to New York and watch the Irish take on No. 13 Syracuse. Mullings, the No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 82 overall player in the class of 2020 per Rivals, has offers from top programs from across the nation, including Michigan, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and several others. • One of Notre Dame's top overall targets in the class of 2020 is Rylie Mills, a four-star defensive end from Lake For- est (Ill.) High. Mills, Rivals' No. 10 strongside defensive end and No. 152 overall player in the class of 2020, recently told Blue & Gold Illustrated that Notre Dame's strong season has caught his eye. "It's definitely very impressive," Mills explained of Notre Dame's season so far. "The past couple of years they've been in the top 25, and last year they were in the top three for a while. "It shows me they are on the right track and putting the pieces together. That's comforting for me to see that they know what they are doing and it's all coming together." — Corey Bodden and David McKinney • WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman: Accounted for 215 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead Edwardsville (Ill.) High (8-3) to a 45-16 win over Aurora (Ill.) West Aurora (9-2) in the second round of the Illinois Class 8A playoffs. Next game: at Frank- fort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East (11-0) in the quarterfinals. • S Litchfield Ajavon: Racked up 14 tackles for Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal (5-3) in a 17-14 loss to Bethesda (Md.) Landon (8-1). Next game: at Wood- berry Forest (Va.) High (5-2). • TE Kevin Bauman (2020): Red Bank Catholic (8-0) had a bye. Next game: vs. Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII (2-8) in the semifinals of the New Jersey Non-Public Group 3 playoffs. • P Jay Bramblett: Averaged 46.6 yards on five punts, placing three inside the 20, and passed for 244 yards and a score to help Tuscaloosa Hillcrest (5-5) edge Madison (Ala.) James Clemens (7-3) 20-17. Next game: vs. Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier (4-6) in first round of the Alabama Class 6A playoffs. • OL Quinn Carroll: Edina (Minn.) High (7-3) suf- fered a 29-28 loss at the hands of Albertville (Minn.) St. Michael Albertville (8-3) in the second round of the Minnesota Class AAAAAA playoffs. Season over. • QB Brendon Clark: Completed 8 of 11 passes for 92 yards with five touchdowns to lead Midlothian (Va.) Manchester (10-0) to a 71-0 rout of Richmond (Va.) Wythe (0-10). Next game: vs. Midlothian (Va.) James River (3-7) in the first round of the Virginia Class 6A playoffs. • OL Zeke Correll: Cincinnati Anderson (8-3) avenged a regular-season loss by taking down Kings Mills (Ohio) Kings (9-1) 42-35 in the regional quar- terfinals of the Ohio Division II playoffs. Next game: at Troy (Ohio) High (10-1) in the regional semifinals. • DE Howard Cross: Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph (7-2) had a bye. Next game: vs. Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep (7-3) in quarterfinals of the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 playoffs. • LB Osita Ekwonu: Rushed for 87 yards and a score as Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day (5-6) suf- fered a 28-12 loss to Charlotte (N.C.) Christian (10- 0) in the first round of the Division I Independent Schools playoffs. Season over. • S Kyle Hamilton: Atlanta Marist (8-2) had a bye. Next game: vs. Ringgold (Ga.) Heritage (5-5) in first round of the Georgia Class AAAA playoffs. • WR Cam Hart: Olney (Md.) Good Counsel (6- 3-1) had a bye. Next game: at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha (7-2) in the semifinals of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs. • LB Jack Kiser: Rushed for 266 yards and six touchdowns and made eight tackles on defense to help Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer (12-0) notch a 70-6 victory versus Lafayette (Ind.) Central Catholic (5-7) in the sectional championships round of the Indiana Class 1A playoffs. Next game: at Bourbon (Ind.) Triton (9-3) in the regional championships round. • OL Andrew Kristofic: Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Rich- land (8-2) had a bye. Next game: vs. Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon (7-5) in the semifinals of the Class 6A Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League playoffs. • DT Jacob Lacey: Racked up five tackles and two sacks in just one half as Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren (10-0) routed Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo (5-6) 48-0 in the first round of the Kentucky Class 5A play- offs. Next game: vs. Leitchfield (Ky.) Grayson County (8-3) in the second round. • TE Michael Mayer (2020): Alexandria (Ky.) Cov- ington Catholic (11-0) rolled to a 49-0 win over Ver- sailles (Ky.) Woodford (2-8) in the first round of the Kentucky Class 5A playoffs. Next game: vs. Sterling (Ky.) Montgomery County (9-2) in the second round. • OL John Olmstead: Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph (7-2) had a bye. Next game: vs. Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep (6-3) in the quarterfinals of the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 playoffs. • DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah: Recorded four tackles, one stop for loss, one sack and five quarterback hur- ries for Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic (8-1) in a 31-24 win over Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints (2-6). Next game: vs. Addision (Texas) Trinity Christian (1-8). • QB Drew Pyne (2020): Passed for 205 yards and three touchdowns to guide New Canaan (Conn.) High (6-2) to a 34-0 win over Norwalk (Conn.) High (3-5). Next game: at Fairfield (Conn.) Ludlowe (6-2). • CB Isaiah Rutherford: Returned a punt 64 yards for a score in a 49-7 victory for Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit (8-3) against Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek (7- 3) in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. Next game: at Granite Bay (Calif.) High (5-5) in the second round. • DL Hunter Spears: Made five tackles and a TFL to lead Sachse (Texas) High (6-3) to a 55-0 triumph over Garland (Texas) South Garland (2-7). Next game: at Rowlett (Texas) High (7-1). • CB K.J. Wallace: Picked off two passes, includ- ing the game-clincher, as Atlanta Lovett (5-5) beat Atlanta Westminster (6-4) 34-28. Next game: vs. Madison (Ga.) Morgan County (5-5) in the first round of the Georgia Class AAA playoffs. • RB Kyren Williams: Scored twice in a 56-14 win for St. Louis St. John Vianney (8-3) over Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West (7-4) in the district semifinals of the Missouri Class 5 playoffs. Next game: at St. Louis Chaminade (6-6) in the district championship. Follow @BGI_CoreyBodden and @BGI_DMcKinney on Twitter for daily recruiting updates available on! Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland offensive lineman Andrew Kristofic was one of sev- eral Notre Dame commits in town for the Florida State game Nov. 10. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM Commitment Updates Games played Nov. 2-3 unless otherwise noted

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