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Oct. 12, 2019

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Page 42 of 55 OCT. 12, 2019 43 FOOTBALL RECRUITING nated at Nike's The Opening in July. Mayer gets most of the attention, but the Irish have another highly ranked tight end commit in Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic's Kevin Bauman, whom Ri- vals ranks as the No. 4 tight end and No. 127 overall prospect in the land. He pledged to the Irish in June and has remained steadfast with his com- mitment. Defensive end Alexander Eh- rensberger will be making the long trip from Germany to Indiana for his weekend official visit. The 6-7, 235-pounder committed to the Irish Jan. 31 and has remained solid in his pledge to the Irish. Rivals ranks him as a three-star talent. MORE COMMITS COMING TO CAMPUS Along with the four official visitors who are already committed to the Irish, a few other Notre Dame pledges are ex- pected to make it in for the USC game. Lake Forest (Ill.) High defensive line- man Rylie Mills gave Notre Dame an enormous commitment in May when the 6-5, 270-pounder picked the Fight- ing Irish over finalists Ohio State and Wisconsin, as well as Alabama, Clem- son, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and many others. Mills, the No. 9 strongside defensive end and No. 160 overall recruit in the country per Rivals, is faithful with his Notre Dame pledge. The Irish's lone Rivals five-star pledge in the 2020 class will also be back on campus. St. Louis De Smet Jesuit playmaker Jordan Johnson, the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 21 over- all player nationally, will get a taste of Notre Dame Stadium. The 6-2, 182-pounder had his fair share of powerhouse programs to choose from and committed to the Irish in April. Moving along to the 2021 class, four of Notre Dame's five verbal commit- ments are expected to visit, including La Jolla (Calif.) The Bishop's School gunslinger Tyler Buchner, the nation's No. 8 quarterback and No. 65 overall prospect per Rivals. He committed to Notre Dame after missing his entire sophomore season due to a knee injury. He is on a roll to start his junior season, accounting for 28 touchdowns through five games. Hartwell (Ga.) Hart County's Cane Berrong visited Notre Dame Sept. 28 for the Virginia game and is making the trip back up to South Bend. Rivals rates him as the No. 7 tight end and No. 178 overall prospect nationally. He picked the Irish over Alabama, Georgia, Michi- gan, Penn State and many others. St. Peters (Mo.) Lutheran of St. Charles' Gabriel Rubio, the country's No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 86 re- cruit according to Rivals, met Berrong at the game Sept. 28. Rubio is having a stellar junior season and is very solid with his Irish pledge, which he gave in the summer. Avon (Ind.) High's Blake Fisher, the nation's No. 4 offensive tackle and No. 17 overall player per Rivals, will make the drive up to South Bend for his sec- ond game visit this fall as well. His first came when Notre Dame crushed New Mexico Sept. 14. Fisher picked Notre Dame in a mild surprise with his pledge coming earlier than expected. Having Fisher on campus for that weekend was crucial. He actively re- cruits all of Notre Dame's top 2021 tar- gets, especially those who will be on campus for the USC game, and he'll get to bond with the other Irish 2020 and 2021 commits. OTHER NOTABLE UNDERCLASSMAN VISITORS All of the prospects mentioned thus far already hold an offer from the Irish, but the following four have yet to add Notre Dame to their scholarship sheet. Eden Prairie (Minn.) High's Justice Sullivan, the No. 16 outside linebacker and No. 191 overall prospect in the ju- nior class according to Rivals, has con- firmed that he will be visiting Notre Dame. Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska have already put offers on the table for the four-star talent. Milton (Ga.) High's Jack Nickel, a class of 2022 tight end prospect, will make it up to South Bend. He already holds tenders from Florida State, Geor- gia Tech and others. One of the country's best 2022 quar- terbacks is Brady Allen from Fort Branch (Ind.) Gibson Southern. The 6-5, 196-pound gunslinger has Cincin- nati, Indiana, Purdue and Virginia Tech on his early offer sheet. He has been a regular around Notre Dame's campus, making multiple visits. Visiting with Rubio is his teammate and 2022 running back Arlen Harris, who holds offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and others. ✦ Subscribe to WELCOME BACK! Running back Dexter Williams romps for 161 yards while Notre Dame chops down No. 7 Stanford, 38-17 WWW.BLUEANDGOLD.COM OCT. 8, 2018 • $3.50 VOLUME 38 • ISSUE 5 • EST. 1981 Blue & Gold Illustrated is the foremost source for information, analysis and opinions on Notre Dame football and football recruiting. 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