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Sept. 18, 2021

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46 SEPT. 18, 2021 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP RECRUITING NOTES • Notre Dame hosted a few dozen recruits on cam- pus when the Irish played Toledo Sept. 11, and one of those prospects was in for an "official" visit, mean- ing that the staff paid his way up to South Bend. That player was Pike Road (Ala.) High's Quinshon Jud- kins, who Rivals ranks as a high three-star prospect, the No. 18 player from his home state of Alabama and the No. 30 running back in America. Judkins received a schol- arship offer from Notre Dame on March 30. He hasn't been a top-of-the- board target until recently, after the Irish struck out on other players. "I got on the phone with [running backs] Coach [Lance] Taylor, and he told me that he wanted me here and that we could do big things on the field," Judkins told Blue & Gold Illustrated after he received the Notre Dame offer. "It was a big-time offer for me; I was excited about it." Last fall, Judkins was a big part in leading Pike Road to an undefeated regular season, but his squad fell in the second round of the class 5A Alabama state playoffs. Per MaxPreps, Judkins ran for 1,482 yards and 25 touchdowns on 150 carries as a junior. Judkins was named to the 2020 Alabama Sportswriter Association 5A All-State first-team offense. • Fond du Lac (Wis.) St. Mary's Springs offensive guard Billy Schrauth, the nation's No. 125 overall recruit and No. 4 player at his position per Rivals, is down to Notre Dame and Wisconsin. He told in early September that he has grown tired of the recruiting process and would like to make a decision as soon as possible. "With either one, I feel like I get along with the players and the coaches," Schrauth said. "Notre Dame was great to me, and, like Wisconsin, I see myself fitting into that culture at both programs." Notre Dame was the heavy favorite for most of Schrauth's recruitment, but the Badgers caught up and likely have taken the lead. • Amarillo (Texas) Tascosa class of 2022 offensive weapon Major Ever- hart, a three-star talent and the No. 13 all-purpose back in America, tells BGI that he will take an official visit to Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish host Purdue Sept. 18. This will be his fourth official visit but first out of state — he took trips to Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech in June. During the 2020 football season, Everhart rushed for 839 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games. He also added 45 receiving yards and a score. — Mike Singer Quarterback Steve Angeli, 6-3, 215, Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) Running Back Quinshon Judkins, 6-0, 201, Pike Road, Ala. (Pike Road) Jadarian Price, 5-11, 175, Denison, Texas (Denison) Wide Receiver Xayvion Bradshaw, 6-0, 185, Bluefield, Va. (Graham) Major Everhart, 5-11, 175, Amarillo, Texas (Tascosa) Joseph Griffin, 6-4, 195, Springfield, Mass. (Central) Tobias Merriweather, 6-4, 180, Vancouver, Wash. (Union) Amorion Walker, 6-3, 170, Ponchatoula, La. (Ponchatoula) CJ Williams, 6-2, 193, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) Tight End Eli Raridon, 6-6, 220, West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley) Holden Staes, 6-4, 230, Atlanta (Westminster) Offensive Line Ty Chan, 6-6, 265, Groton, Mass. (Lawrence Academy) Ashton Craig, 6-5, 275, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (Lawrenceburg) Zach Rice, 6-6, 305, Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Christian) Billy Schrauth, 6-5, 280, Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary's Springs) Joey Tanona, 6-5, 290, Zionsville, Ind. (Zionsville) Aamil Wagner, 6-6, 255, Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne) Defensive End Alex Bauman, 6-4, 225, Red Bank, N.J. (Red Bank Catholic) Tyson Ford, 6-6, 250, St. Louis (John Burroughs School) Aiden Gobaira, 6-5, 225, Chantilly, Va. (Chantilly) Cyrus Moss, 6-4, 220, Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) DJ Wesolak, 6-5, 225, Boonville, Mo. (Boonville) Defensive Tackle Donovan Hinish, 6-2, 270, Pittsburgh (Central Catholic) Hero Kanu, 6-5, 293, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic) Anthony Lucas, 6-5, 285, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) Linebacker Joshua Burnham, 6-3, 200, Traverse City, Mich. (Traverse City Central) Jaylen Sneed, 6-1, 207, Hilton Head, S.C. (Hilton Head) Niuafe Tuihalamaka, 6-3, 230, Mission Hills, Calif. (Bishop Alemany) Nolan Ziegler, 6-4, 205, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Catholic Central) Cornerback Austin Ausberry, Baton Rouge, La. (University Laboratory School) Jayden Bellamy, 6-1, 175, Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) Jaden Mickey, 5-11, 165, Corona, Calif. (Centennial) Devin Moore, 6-3, 182, Naples, Fla. (Naples) Benjamin Morrison, 6-0, 172, Phoenix (Brophy Prep) Safety Xavier Nwankpa, 6-2, 185, Pleasant Hill, Iowa (Southeast Polk) Athlete None Commitments in bold italics Class Of 2022 Scholarship Offer Master List 2022 Master List Changes Prospects Committed: None. Prospects Decommitted: None. Prospects Removed: None. RIVALS 2022 TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS As of Sept. 10 1. Notre Dame 21 2. Penn State 24 3. Texas 21 4. Oregon 20 5. Florida State 18 6. Ohio State 14 7. Georgia 16 8. Alabama 14 9. LSU 15 10. Texas A&M 14 Rk. School Commits Rk. School Commits Follow @rivals_singer on Twitter for daily recruiting updates on! Pike Road (Ala.) High's Quinshon Judkins, who Rivals ranks as a high three-star pros- pect, the No. 18 player from Alabama and the No. 30 running back in America for the 2022 cycle, was the lone official visit for Notre Dame the weekend of Sept. 11. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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