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Oct 08, 2022

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48 OCT. 8, 2022 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP Class of 2023 OL Sullivan Absher: Belmont (N.C.) South Point (4-0) rushed for 491 yards and 7 touchdowns in a 47-14 demolition of Belmont (N.C.) Stuart W. Cramer (2-2). Next game: at Gastonia (N.C.) Huss (1-3) Sept. 23. LB Jaiden Ausberry: Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab (1-2) fell 31-21 at the hands of Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic-B.R. (2-1). Next game: vs. Baton Rouge (La.) Mentorship Academy (0-3) Sept. 23. CB Micah Bell: Ran 10 times for 59 yards in Hous- ton The Kinkaid School's (2-2) 23-6 victory over Or- ange (Texas) Little Cypress-Mauriceville (2-2). Next game: vs. Houston Second Baptist (1-3) Sept. 23. LB Drayk Bowen: Tallied 7 tackles, 1 sack and a blocked punt to help Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean (3-2) blow past Highland (Ind.) High (1-4) 42-7 … Also ran 19 times for 101 yards and 2 scores. Next game: vs. Hobart (Ind.) High (3-2) Sept. 23. S Peyton Bowen: Notched 2 tackles in Denton (Texas) Guyer's (4-0) 23-6 triumph over Prosper (Texas) High (3-1) … Guyer is ranked as the No. 17 team nationally by MaxPreps. Next game: vs. Little Elm (Texas) High (1-3) Sept. 23. RB Dylan Edwards: Ran 19 times for 185 yards and 4 scores, plus tallied a kickoff return touch- down, to lead Derby (Kan.) High (2-1) to a 45-38 victory over Wichita (Kan.) Bishop Carroll (2-1). Next game: at Hutchinson (Kan.) High (3-0) Sept. 23. TE Cooper Flanagan: Caught 1 pass for 15 yards and posted 7 tackles with 1 sack at defensive end, to help Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (3-1) to a 28-20 triumph over San Diego Cathedral Catholic (2-3). Next game: vs. Folsom (Calif.) High (3-1) Sept. 23. WR Rico Flores Jr.: Hauled in 5 receptions for 94 yards as Folsom (Calif.) High (3-1) knocked off Pittsburg (Calif.) High (3-1) 23-15. Next game: at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (3-1) Sept. 23. CB Christian Gray: Returned 1 punt for 42 yards to help St. Louis De Smet (2-2) crush Kirkwood (Mo.) Vianney (0-4) 56-7. Next game: vs. St. Louis Christian Brothers (3-1) Sept. 23. WR Jaden Greathouse: Austin (Texas) West- lake (3-0) had a bye … Westlake is ranked as the No. 11 team nationally by MaxPreps. Next game: at Austin (Texas) Lake Travis (2-2) Sept. 23. DL Devan Houstan: Posted 4 tackles (1 for loss) in a 43-3 victory for Hagerstown (Md.) St. James School (2-1) against Williamsport (Md.) High (2-1). Next game: at Chantilly (Va.) St. Paul VI (2-1) Sept. 23. OL Charles Jagusah: Rock Island (Ill.) Alleman (1-3) fell 69-0 to Sterling (Ill.) High (3-1). Next game: at Moline (Ill.) High (3-1) Sept. 23. WR Braylon James: Caught 1 pass for 11 yards in Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point's (3-1) 41-13 set- back against Austin (Texas) Vandegrift (2-1). Next game: vs. Round Rock (Texas) High (4-0) Sept. 30. RB Jayden Limar: Carried the ball 23 times for 205 yards and 4 touchdowns in Lake Stevens (Wash.) High's (2-1) 63-21 destruction of Federal Way (Wash.) High (2-1). Next game: at West Linn (Wash.) High (2-1) Sept. 23. S Ben Minich: Posted 7 tackles (1 for loss) in a 31-7 triumph for Cincinnati Lakota West (5-0) versus Cincinnati Princeton (4-1). Next game: vs. Hamilton (Ohio) High (3-3) Sept. 23. DL Armel Mukam: Woodberry Forest (Va.) High (2-1) knocked off North Bethesda (Md.) George- town Prep (2-1) 29-28. Next game: at Bethesda (Md.) Landon (2-1) Sept. 23. OL Joe Otting: Topeka (Kan.) Hayden (3-0) notched a 55-34 triumph against Rossville (Kan.) High (1-2). Next game: vs. Meriden (Kan.) Jeffer- son West (0-3) Sept. 23. OL Sam Pendleton: Pfafftown (N.C.) Reagan (2-2) lost 37-7 against Kernersville (N.C.) East Forsyth (4-0). Next game: at Kernersville (N.C.) Glenn (2-2) Sept. 23. S Adon Shuler: Irvington (N.J.) High (4-0) crushed Maplewood (N.J.) Columbia (0-3) 40-0. Next game: at West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep (2-1) Sept. 24. DL Boubacar Traore: Recorded 3 tackles (2 for loss) in West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial's (1-0) 47-7 romp over Providence (R.I.) La Salle Academy (1-1). Next game: at Northborough (Mass.) Algonquin Regional (1-1) Sept. 23. DL Brenan Vernon: Mentor (Ohio) High (2-2) had a bye. Next game: at Brunswick (Ohio) High (2-3) Sept. 23. LB Preston Zinter: Tallied 10 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception, plus had 2 receptions for 31 yards, in Lawrence (Mass.) Central Catholic's (1-1) 17-7 triumph against Dan- vers (Mass.) St. John's Prep (1-1). Next game: at Shrewsbury (Mass.) St. John's (0-2) Sept. 24. Class of 2024 QB CJ Carr: Completed 19 of 22 passes for 226 yards with 2 touchdowns, plus had 5 rushes for 52 yards and 1 score, in Saline (Mich.) High's (4-0) 40-0 victory versus Monroe (Mich.) High (2-2). Next game: at Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer (2-1) Sept. 30. DL Brandon Davis-Swain: West Bloomfield (Mich.) High (4-0) defeated Clarkston (Mich.) High (2-2) 35-27. Next game: at Rochester (Mich.) Adams (3-1) Sept. 23. OL Peter Jones: Malvern (Pa.) Prep (2-0) knocked off Philadelphia Imhotep Charter (1-2) 17-13. Next game: vs. Philadelphia Roman Catho- lic (4-0) Sept. 23. TE Jack Larsen: Hauled in 3 passes for 64 yards and added 1 rush for 5 yards in Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic's (3-1) 49-14 triumph against Charlotte (N.C.) Providence (2-2). Next game: at Charlotte (N.C.) Independence (4-0) Sept. 23. DL Owen Wafle: Totaled 4 tackles (1 for loss) and had 1 rush for 11 yards in Princeton (N.J.) Hun School's (3-0) 42-7 beatdown of Greenwich (Conn.) Brunswick School (0-1). Next game: at Salisbury (Conn.) High (1-0) Sept. 24. WR Cam Williams: Caught 5 passes for 108 yards and 1 touchdown in a 49-20 triumph for Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard South (4-0) versus Streamwood (Ill.) High (1-3). Next game: at Bartlett (Ill.) High (3-1) Sept. 23. Commitment Updates Games played Sept. 16-17 unless otherwise noted. • Notre Dame lost a commitment Sept. 22 when Phoenix Pinnacle's Elijah Paige announced that he would be backing off his pledge. "I would like to thank the amazing staff at Notre Dame for the opportunity they offered and the time they spent recruiting me," Paige said in his statement. "This decision has been very difficult. After many prayers and conversations with my family, I have decided to decommit from the University of Notre Dame." Paige, who is listed as a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 34 offen- sive tackle by On3, originally picked the Fighting Irish June 10. In an interview with Blue & Gold Illustrated in late August, he said that he was happy with his decision and going strong with his commitment. However, USC was likely going to be the choice until Paige officially visited Notre Dame in early June, and the Trojans didn't let up on him after his Irish commitment. USC is now considered the favorite to eventually land Paige. Notre Dame still has four offensive line commits in its 2023 class — Rock Island (Ill.) Alleman's Charles Jagusah, Topeka (Kan.) Hayden's Joe Otting, Pfafftown (N.C.) Reagan's Sam Pendleton and Belmont (N.C.) South Point's Sullivan Absher. • Notre Dame hosted Hayward (Calif.) Tennyson's Taeshaun Lyons, the No. 19 wide receiver and No. 129 overall recruit nationally according to On3, for an official visit when the Irish knocked off Cal 24-17. "I liked the visit; it was really good," he said. "The people, the coaches, the whole atmosphere — everything stood out. The fans are so passionate, and that blew me away. You don't get fan bases out here that are that passionate. That's not something you see a lot." As much as the Notre Dame staff would have loved to secure Lyons' com- mitment while he was still on campus, they're going to have to continue to battle for him. "I plan on dropping a top eight schools list, and I think I might take one or two more official visits," he said. "I'm not really looking for any other schools to come in right now; I'm just looking at the schools looking at me." — Mike Singer Follow @MikeTSinger on Twitter for recruiting updates! RECRUITING NOTES

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