Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 26, 2019*

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44 OCT. 26, 2019 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP Quarterback Drew Pyne, 6-1, 175, New Canaan, Conn. (New Canaan) Running Back Chris Tyree, 5-10, 185, Chester, Va. (Thomas Dale) Wide Receiver Jordan Johnson, 6-2, 182, St. Louis (De Smet Jesuit) Xavier Watts, 6-1, 180, Omaha, Neb. (Burke) Jay Brunelle, 6-2, 200, Shrewsbury, Mass. (Saint John's) Tight End Kevin Bauman, 6-5, 225, Red Bank, N.J. (Red Bank Catholic) Michael Mayer, 6-5, 235, Alexandria, Ky. (Covington Catholic) Offensive Line Tosh Baker, 6-8, 275, Phoenix (Pinnacle) Michael Carmody, 6-6, 280, Mars, Pa. (Mars) Defensive End Jordan Botelho, 6-3, 217, Honolulu (St. Louis) Alexander Ehrensberger, 6-7, 235, Dusseldorf, Germany (Fryeburg Academy) Rylie Mills, 6-5, 270, Lake Forest, Ill. (Lake Forest) Defensive Tackle Aidan Keanaaina, 6-3, 305, Denver (Mullen) Linebacker None Cornerback Landen Bartleson, 6-0, 185, Danville, Ky. (Boyle County) Ramon Henderson, 6-3, 180, Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty) Clarence Lewis, 6-0, 180, Middletown, N.J. (Mater Dei) Dontae Manning, 6-0, 180, Raytown, Mo. (Raytown) Caleb Offord, 6-1, 175, Southaven, Miss. (Southaven) Safety Malcolm Greene, 5-10, 177, Highland Springs, Va. (Highland Springs) Athlete Justin Robinson, 6-4, 207, McDonough, Ga. (Eagle's Landing Christian) Specialist Alex Peitsch, 6-2, 220, Washington, D.C. (St. John's Collegiate) Commitments in bold italics Class Of 2020 Scholarship Offer Master List 2020 Master List Changes Prospects Removed: OL Andrew Gentry of Littleton, Colo. (no longer considering Notre Dame) and DE Phillip Webb of Buford, Ga. (no longer considering Notre Dame). RIVALS 2020 TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS As of Oct. 11 1. Clemson 20 2. LSU 21 3. Ohio State 23 4. Alabama 22 5. Texas 20 6. Georgia 16 7. Michigan 23 8. Florida State 21 9. Miami 23 10. Auburn 19 15. Notre Dame 17 Rk. School Commits Rk. School Commits RECRUITING NOTES • Notre Dame hosted former Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor for an of- ficial visit Oct. 11-13. Ranked as the No. 106 overall recruit in the 2017 class per Rivals, the Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout by the way of Lawrenceville, Ga., signed with the Buckeyes and recorded 44 tackles in his first two seasons. As a junior in 2019, Pryor played in four games and recorded three tackles before deciding to preserve his eligibility and enter the transfer portal. Pryor will graduate with a bachelor's degree this December and will be immediately eligible to play next fall. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. The Irish have a great chance to add Pryor, who would help Notre Dame's defensive backfield in 2020. • Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal class of 2021 rover target Bryce Steele placed Notre Dame in his top 10 schools in early October. Also making the cut for the 6-1, 195-pounder are Duke, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina and West Virginia. Rivals ranks Steele as the No. 7 recruit in Virginia and No. 20 outside line- backer nationally. Steele visited Notre Dame in June and hoped to get back to South Bend this fall, but he will not be able to make the trip. However, he already has a Notre Dame spring or summer official visit on his mind. Notre Dame freshman safety Litchfield Ajavon was teammates with Steele at Episcopal. • Raytown (Mo.) High's Dontae Manning, the No. 8 recruit in Missouri and No. 36 cornerback in the land per Rivals, announced a top 10 schools as well, and the Fighting Irish made the cut. Manning is one of a few class of 2020 targets left on the board for Notre Dame, but the Irish are not considered a favorite to land his commitment. Arizona State, Georgia, Iowa State, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas A&M make up Manning's list of top schools. • Notre Dame's latest offer in the 2021 class went out Oct. 5 to Napa (Calif.) High's Brock Bowers. Rivals lists the 6-4, 220-pounder as a tight end, and most schools are recruiting him at that position, but the Irish want him on the defensive side of the ball, potentially as a drop end. Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston and special teams coordina- tor Brian Polian extended the offer to Bowers. He hopes to get out to Notre Dame in the offseason for a visit. — Mike Singer Follow @BGI_MikeSinger on Twitter for daily recruiting updates! Irish defensive end commit Jordan Botelho has helped lead Honolulu St. Louis High to an 8-0 start and a No. 7 national ranking by MaxPreps. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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