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Sept. 17, 2022

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48 SEPT. 17, 2022 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP Class Of 2023 OL Sullivan Absher: Paved the way for Belmont (N.C.) South Point (3-0) to run for 256 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 42-4 rout of Rutherfordton (N.C.) R-S Central (1-2). Next game: at Belmont (N.C.) Stu- art W. Cramer (2-1) Sept. 16. LB Jaiden Ausberry: Scored on a 2-yard touch- down run and recorded a handful of tackles in a 25-0 triumph for Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab (1-0) over Baton Rouge (La.) Woodlawn-B.R. (0-1). Next game: at Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel (1-0) Sept. 9. CB Micah Bell: Ran 18 times for 129 yards and a score to help lead Houston The Kinkaid School (1-1) to a 30-14 win against Tomball (Texas) Christian Home School (0-2). Next game: at Marrero (La.) Archbishop Shaw (0-1) Sept. 9. LB Drayk Bowen: Notched 10 tackles (1 for loss) and broke up a pass in a 30-28 victory for Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean (1-2) over Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee (0-2) … Also ran 20 times for 97 yards and 2 touch- downs, and caught 2 passes for 60 yards and a score. Next game: at East Chicago (Ill.) Central (1-3) Sept. 9. S Peyton Bowen: Notched 4 tackles to help Den- ton (Texas) Guyer (2-0) cruise to a 44-14 win versus Aledo (Texas) High (0-2) … Guyer is ranked as the No. 17 team nationally by MaxPreps. Next game: vs. Lancaster (Texas) High (2-0) Sept. 8. RB Dylan Edwards: Totaled 191 rushing yards and 2 scores on 19 carries, plus had 1 reception for 13 yards, but Derby (Kan.) High (0-1) fell 26-23 against Manhattan (Kan.) High (1-0) in overtime. Next game: at Salina (Kan.) South (0-1) Sept. 9. TE Cooper Flanagan: Caught 3 passes for 34 yards in a 24-21 setback for Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (1-1) against San Mateo (Calif.) Serra (2-0) … Also tal- lied 3.5 tackles and 1 sack. Next game: vs. Mountain View (Calif.) Saint Francis (1-1) Sept. 9. WR Rico Flores Jr.: Hauled in 4 passes for 53 yards in a Folsom (Calif.) High's (2-1) 65-0 victory against Stockton (Calif.) Edison (0-3) … Added 2 tackles and 1 interception. Next game: at Pittsburg (Calif.) High (2-0) Sept. 16. CB Christian Gray: St. Louis De Smet (0-2) lost a 50-6 contest against Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy (1-1). Next game: vs. St. Louis Chaminade (0-2) Sept. 9. WR Jaden Greathouse: Had 5 receptions for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns in Austin (Texas) West- lake's (2-0) 47-14 destruction of Converse (Texas) Judson (1-1) … Also posted a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown … Westlake is ranked as the No. 9 team nationally by MaxPreps. Next game: at Adkins (Texas) High (0-2) Sept. 8. DL Devan Houstan: Posted 4 tackles (2 for loss) for Hagerstown (Md.) St. James School in a 35-13 triumph against Brooklandville (Md.) St. Paul's (1-1). Next game: at Potomac (Md.) Bullis (0-1) Sept. 10. OL Charles Jagusah: Rock Island (Ill.) Alleman (1-1) fell 38-0 versus Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame (1-1). Next game: at Rock Island (Ill.) High (1-1) Sept. 9. WR Braylon James: Caught 1 pass for 3 yards and a touchdown in Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point's (2-0) 24-16 triumph against Killeen (Texas) High (1-1). Next game: at Pflugerville (Texas) High (0-2) Sept. 8. RB Jayden Limar: Lake Stevens (Wash.) High (0-1) fell 26-16 in its season opener against Seattle Garfield (1-0). Next game: vs. Bellevue (Wash.) High (0-1) Sept. 9. S Ben Minich: Posted 1 tackle and a sack, and returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in a 59-7 win for Cincinnati Lakota West (3-0) versus Cincinnati Sycamore (0-3). Next game: vs. Cincinnati Oak Hills (2-1) Sept. 9. DL Armel Mukam: Woodberry Forest (Va.) High (1-0) kicked off its 2022 season with a 26-21 victory against Oakton (Va.) Flint Hill (0-1) Next game: vs. Richmond (Va.) Benedictine (1-1) Sept. 9. OL Elijah Paige: Phoenix Pinneacle (1-0) knocked off Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino (2-1) 43-6. Next game: at Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty (1-0) Sept. 9. OL Sam Pendleton: Pfafftown (N.C.) High (2-1) narrowly defeated Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park (0-2) in a 17-14 contest. Next game: vs. Kernersville (N.C.) East Forsyth (2-0) Sept. 16. S Adon Shuler: Irvington (N.J.) High (2-0) knocked off Millville (N.J.) High (1-1) 25-17. Next game: vs. East Orange (N.J.) Campus (0-1) Sept. 9. DE Brenan Vernon: Mentor (Ohio) High (2-1) came out with a 7-6 victory against Painesville (Ohio) Riv- erside (2-1). Next game: vs. Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Clarkson North (0-1) Sept. 9. Class of 2024 QB CJ Carr: Completed 12 of 23 passes for 202 yards with 2 touchdowns, while adding 11 rushes for 58 yards and 2 scores, in Saline (Mich.) High's (2-0) 35-24 win against Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron (0-2). Next game: at Ypsilanti (Mich.) Lincoln (1-1) Sept. 9. DL Brandon Davis-Swain: West Bloomfield (Mich.) High (2-0) cruised past Harper Woods (Mich.) High (1-1) 33-14. Next game: at Rochester Hills (Mich.) Stoney Creek (2-0) Sept. 9. OL Peter Jones: Malvern (Pa.) Prep ran for 175 yards and a score on 35 carries in a 35-0 rout of Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle College (1-1). Next game: at Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood (0-0) Sept. 9. TE Jack Larsen: Caught 1 pass for 29 yards and rushed 3 times for 25 yards in a 21-20 setback for Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic (2-1) against Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day (2-1). Next game: vs. Charlotte (N.C.) Providence (2-1) Sept. 16. DL Owen Wafle: Posted 4 tackles (3 for loss) and 3 quarterback hurries to help lead Princeton (N.J.) Hun School (1-0) past Camden (N.J.) Mastery (0-2). Next game: vs. St. Catharines (Ontario) Royal Imperial Collegiate Sept. 10. WR Cam Williams: Hauled in 2 passes for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus had 1 rush for 23 yards in a 49-14 win for Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard South (2-0) over Bensenville (Ill.) Fenton (0-1) 49-14. Next game: vs. Elgin (Ill.) Larkin (1-1) Sept. 9. Commitment Updates Games played Sept. 1-2 unless otherwise noted ... A couple Notre Dame commits have not started their seasons yet. RECRUITING NOTES • Sept. 1 marked the first day for prospects in the 2024 class were al- lowed to receive direct contact from college coaches. However, Notre Dame and coaches from across the country have been allowed to have phone calls prior to Sept. 1, but the prospect him- self had to initiate the call, according to NCAA rules. And now, college coaches are able to dial up the players as well as have unlimited text messages with prospects. Before Sept. 1, they were not allowed to have any form of text message communication with them. To our knowledge, Notre Dame con- tacted all of their major targets in the 2024 class — many of them right at midnight — on Sept. 1. They've also contacted a handful of potential pros- pects they may offer in the future. • Many pundits believe that Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview's Mike Matthews, the No. 5 athlete and No. 73 overall player nationally per On3, will end up in the South for college, whether that be at Alabama, Clemson or Georgia. The Notre Dame staff, however, doesn't want to hear any of that. Irish safeties coach Chris O'Leary and Co. have been in the elite prospect's ear often and are working to get him back on campus. "They are a top school," Matthews told On3. "The coaches have energy, I like the fans, and it is a school with great academics. Notre Dame had faith in me before a lot of other schools, and that will always stand out." • When the Cal Golden Bears come to town this weekend, one of their lo- cal prospects will be in town to see the Fighting Irish. That player is Hayward (Calif.) Ten- nyson's Taeshaun Lyons, the No. 28 wide receiver and No. 191 overall pros- pect in America per On3. The four-star recruit was considered a Washington lean early in his recruiting process, but Notre Dame now seems to be the fa- vorite for him, and with his trip this weekend being an official visit it puts the Fighting Irish in a very strong posi- tion to earn his commitment. "The culture and how they go about teaching and growing," Lyons told Blue & Gold Illustrated when asked what he's looking forward to seeing on his official visit. "Also, how they want to use me, the facilities and plans for life after football and the school." Follow @MikeTSinger on Twitter for daily recruiting updates on!

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