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FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP BLUEGOLDONLINE.COM PRESEASON 2023 57 Christian Jones, HHH, 6-3, 215, Omaha, Neb. (Westside) Marco Jones, HHH, 6-4, 215, Danville, Calif. (San Ramon Valley) Noah Mikhail, HHHH, 6-2, 210, La Verne, Calif. (Bonita) Landon McComber, HHH, 6-2, 185, Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) Gavin Nix, HHH, 6-0, 226, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng, HHHH, 6-2, 210, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) Riley Pettijohn, HHHH, 6-3, 200, McKinney, Texas (McKinney) Ethan Pritchard, HHHH, 6-1, 180, Sanford, Fla. (Seminole) Kelvion Riggins, HHH, 5-11½, 205, Dallas (South Oak Cliff) Anthony Sacca, HHH, 6-2½, 215, Philadelphia (St. Joseph's) Abduall Sanders, HHH, 6-1, 205, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) JJ Shelton, HHH, 6-1, 190, Dallas (South Oak Cliff) CJ Smith, HHH, 6-1, 210, Baltimore (St. Frances Academy) Nasir Wyatt, HHHH, 6-3, 205, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) Cornerback CJ Bell, —, 6-1, 170, Mansfield, Mass. (St. Thomas More) Dorian Brew, HHHH, 6-3, 175, Clayton, Ohio (Northmont) Adonyss Currie, HHH, 6-3, 174, Lancaster, Calif. (Quartz Hill) Daryus Dixson, HHHH, 6-1, 180, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) Chris Ewald, HHHH, 5-11, 161, Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna Prep) — committed to Michigan Tariq Hayer, HHHH, 5-11, 175, Upper Marlboro, Md. (St. John's) Kevyn Humes, HHH, 5-11, 170, Baltimore (St. Frances Academy) Jahmir Joseph, HHH, 6-0, 170, Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional) Chuck McDonald, HHH, 6-1, 180, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) Cree Thomas, HHH, 6-1, 170, Phoenix (Brophy College Preparatory) Jett White, HHHH, 6-1½, 165, Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos) Devin Williams, HHHH, 5-11, 168, Buford, Ga. (Buford) Blake Woodby, HHH, 5-10, 180, Baltimore (St. Frances Academy) Mark Zackery, HHHH, 6-0, 155, Indianapolis (Ben Davis) Safety JaDon Blair, HHHH, 6-4, 180, Winston-Salem, N.C. (Mount Tabor) Jayce Cora, —, 6-4, 180, Naples, Fla. (Lely)* Kendall Daniels, HHH, 6-3, 187, Norfolk, Va. (Maury) Dallas Golden, HHHH, 6-1, 165, Tampa, Fla. (Berkeley Prep) Tre' Harrison, HHH, 5-11, 165, Artesia, Calif. (Junipero Serra) Ethan Long, —, 6-2, 185, Milford, Conn. (Brunswick School) Matai Tagoa'i, HHHH, 6-4, 185, Las Vegas (Faith Lutheran) Ivan Taylor, HHHH, 5-11, 163, Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange) Kainoa Winston, HHHH, 6-0, 180, Washington, D.C. (Gonzaga) Athlete Marquise Davis, HHHH, 5-11, 200, Cleveland (Cleveland Heights) Alex Graham, HHHH, 6-0, 170, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) Dierre Hill, HHHH, 5-10½, 180, Belleville, Ill. (Althoff Catholic) Lance Jackson, HHHH, 6-5, 240, Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove) Trey McNutt, HHHH, 6-0, 180, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights) Keylan Moses, HHHH, 6-1½, 215, Baton Rouge, La. (University Lab) CJ Nickson, HHHH, 6-5, 216, Weatherford, Okla. (Weatherford) Quincy Porter, HHHH, 6-3, 190, Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) Jordan Young, HHHH, 6-0, 170, Monroe, N.C. (Monroe) Star ratings are from On3 as of Aug. 7 Commitments in bold italics 2025 Master List Changes Prospects Committed: RB Justin Thurman of Tampa, Fla. Prospects Decommitted: None. Prospects Removed: WR Jaime Ffrench of Jacksonville, Fla. (committed to Alabama); TE Ethan Barbour of Alpharetta, Ga. (no longer considering Notre Dame); TE Jack VanDorselaer of Southlake, Texas (no longer con- sidering Notre Dame); DE Gus Ritchey of Pittsboro, N.C. (committed to North Carolina) and S Remington Moss of Fredericksburg, Va. (committed to Wisconsin). RECRUITING NOTES • Notre Dame picked up a verbal commitment from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit 2025 running back Justin Thurman Aug. 1. But the 6-foot, 180-pounder's pledge will not stop the Fighting Irish's running back recruiting efforts in the next cycle. In addition to Thurman, a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 24 run- ning back and No. 262 overall player per On3, the Irish are looking to add a second back. Bryant (Ark.) High's Daniel Anderson is the current name to know. The 5-11, 190-pound Anderson received a full-ride scholarship offer from Notre Dame after participating in the program's Irish Invasion high school football camp June 4. The annual Irish Invasion is Notre Dame's non-publicized camp, featuring top evaluation-worthy recruits. On3 has yet to rate Anderson. However, he also already has scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee and Colorado. On July 30, Anderson returned to Notre Dame for its "grill & chill" recruit- ing event. About 30 recruits attended that event, including Thurman. As of Aug. 7, Thurman was the only prospect to commit to the Irish coming out of it — but Anderson might not be far behind. On3 national recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman submitted an On3 Recruiting Insider Prediction forecasting an eventual Notre Dame commit- ment from Anderson. The Irish also have four-star running backs verbally committed in 2024 in Hannibal (Mo.) High's Aneyas Williams and Lufkin (Texas) High's Kedren Young. • On Aug. 1, Notre Dame coaches could permissibly begin contacting 2025 football recruits directly, per NCAA regulations. And by all indications, Indianapolis Ben Davis High cornerback Mark Zackery was the first recruit the Irish contacted at midnight. The 6-0, 155-pound Zackery is the No. 1 prospect in Indiana, and the No. 17 cornerback and No. 202 overall player in the 2025 class per On3. The four-star recruit reported 20 Power Five scholarship offers, including Ohio State, which is Notre Dame's toughest competition to land Zackery. He also visited Notre Dame for the "grill & chill" recruiting cookout July 30. • On Aug. 1, the Irish only sent out one offer and Naples (Fla.) Lely's Jayce Cora was on the receiving end of it. While On3 lists Cora as a wide receiver, Notre Dame is recruiting the 6-4, 180-pounder as a safety. Cora also reported offers from Louisville, Illinois and West Virginia. On3 has yet to rate him. — Kyle Kelly Follow @ByKyleKelly on Twitter for daily recruiting updates on! Notre Dame offered a scholarship to Bryant (Ark.) High 2025 running back Daniel Anderson on June 4 after participating in its Irish Invasion high school football camp. PHOTO BY KYLE KELLY

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