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Sept. 19, 2016

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Page 48 of 55 SEPT. 19, 2016 49 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP • LB David Adams: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (1-1) notched a 48-7 win at Pittsburgh Shaler Area (0-2). Next game: Wexford (Pa.) North Al- legheny (1-1). • DB Paulson Adebo: Recorded an interception for the second consecutive game, but Mansfield (Texas) High (1-1) lost 42-41 at home to Cedar Hill (Texas) High (1-1). Next game: Forth Worth (Texas) Paschal (2-0). • DL Jayson Ademilola: St. Peter's Prep (1-0) posted a 41-28 victory over Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity (0-1) in a neutral-site game played in Dub- lin, Ireland. Next game: Highstown (N.J.) The Peddie School (0-0). • DL Justin Ademilola: St. Peter's Prep (1-0) posted a 41-28 victory over Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity (0-1) in a neutral-site game played in Dub- lin, Ireland. Next game: Highstown (N.J.) The Peddie School (0-0). • LB Matthew Bauer: Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep (1-0) won 55-13 at Erie (Pa.) Central Tech (1-1). Next game: Erie (Pa.) McDowell (2-0). • QB Avery Davis: Did not play in Cedar Hill (Texas) High's (1-1) 42-41 road win against Man- sfield (Texas) High (1-1). Next game: Mesquite (Texas) Horn (2-0). • DL Darnell Ewell: Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor (1- 1) notched a 31-6 victory at home versus Chesa- peake (Va.) Western Branch (0-1) … Lake Taylor held Western Branch to just 98 yards in the first half. Next game: Elizabeth City (N.C.) Northeast- ern (2-0). • OL Dillan Gibbons: Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic (2-0) recorded a 49-21 win at home over Largo (Fla.) Indians Rocks Christian (1-1). Next game: Arcadia (Fla.) Desoto County (0-2). • OL Robert Hainsey: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy (2-0), ranked No. 3 nationally by USA Today, edged Corona (Calif.) Centennial (1-1) 50- 49 on the road … Helped lead IMG to more than 500 yards of total offense. Next game: vs. Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington (1-1) at Shreveport, La. • DL Kurt Hinish: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (1- 1) won 48-7 on the road against Pittsburgh Shaler Area (0-2). Next game: Wexford (Pa.) North Al- legheny (1-1). • RB C.J. Holmes: Cheshire (Mass.) Academy (0-0) does not open the season until Sept. 17. Next game: at Wallingford (Conn.) Choate Rose- mary (0-0). • QB Phil Jurkovec: Completed 21 of 31 passes for 351 yards with one touchdown, and added 124 yards and four scores on the ground, to help Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland (1-1) beat Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon (1-1) 42-31 on the road. Next game: Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley (1-0). • TE Cole Kmet: Did not play because of mono, but Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator (1-1) won 39-7 versus Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis (0-2). Next game: Chicago Heights (Ill.) Marian Catholic (1- 1). • OL Joshua Lugg: Helped pave the way for 249 rushing yards in Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny's (1-1) 21-14 triumph over Bethel Park (Pa.) High (0-1). Next game: at Pittsburgh Central Catholic (1-1). • DL Johnathon MacCollister: Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore (2-0) won 35-13 on the road over Longwood (Fla.) Lyman (1-1). Next game: Orange City (Fla.) University School (2-0). • LB Ovie Oghoufo: Notched four tackles, two stops for loss and one pass deflection on defense, plus two catches for 23 yards and a touchdown on offense, while playing only in the first half of Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison's (1-1) 40-0 home win against Farmington (Mich.) High (1-1). Next game: Birmingham (Mich.) Seaholm (0-2). • WR Jordan Pouncey: Racked up 157 yards and three touchdowns on five rushing attempts during Winter Park (Fla.) High's (1-1) 50-14 home victory versus Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange (1-1). Next game: at Orlando (Fla) Freedom (0-1). • DB Isaiah Robertson: Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley (2-0) won 24-10 at home versus Naperville (Ill.) Central (0-2). Next game: at Aurora (Ill.) Waubonsie Valley (0-2). • RB Markese Stepp: Did not play due to a hamstring injury in Indianapolis Cathedral's (3-0) 41-20 win at Mishawaka (Ind.) High (2-1). Next game: at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (1-2). • LB Pete Werner: Returned from injury and played linebacker, cornerback and safety during Indianapolis Cathedral's (3-0) 41-20 road win against Mishawaka (Ind.) High (2-1). Next game: at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (1-2). • LB Drew White: Made five solo tackles to help Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (1-1), USA Today's No. 10 team in the country, win 42-6 at Miramar (Fla.) High (1-1). Next game: Planta- tion (Fla.) High (0-2). • TE Brock Wright: Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair (0-1) was off. Next game: Katy (Texas) Cypress Lakes (1-0). • WR Michael Young: Did not play in Destrehan (La.) High's (1-0) 45-23 home win versus Slidell (La.) High (0-1). Next game: Baton Rouge (La.) Woodlawn (0-1). • Notre Dame continues to look for an edge rusher to add to the 2017 class. While a new offer or two may go out to a late-blooming senior, Notre Dame continues to work hard to add one of the players in the class to whom they have already extended an offer. Atlanta West Minister three-star defensive end Cortez Alston set up his official visit for the weekend of the Miami game Oct. 29. "The opportunity to go to Notre Dame and receive a great education and experience a wonderful football tradition," Alston said of why he will use one of his five officials to visit the Irish. "I'm really excited to be a part of a Notre Dame football game crowd and atmosphere." • A lot of the talk will be about how star-studded the Michigan State visit weekend is, but the Stanford and Miami games are in the early stages of shaping up to be pretty good weekends in terms of the Irish staff having a chance to impress some of the top prospects in the country. The No. 1 player in the country, according to 247Sports, Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin offensive tackle Foster Sarell, will be in South Bend on an official visit for the Stanford game. It has been rumored Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High 2017 safety Amari Carter, a Rivals three-star, could take his official to Notre Dame during the Stanford weekend as well. He is one of the top safety targets on the board for the Irish. Alston will visit for the Miami game and so will 2019 Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School athlete Kenny McIntosh, the younger brother of current Notre Dame freshman running back Deon McIntosh. • Notre Dame hit the ground running when the Sept. 1 contact period began, allowing coaching staffs across the country to contact 2018 targets directly. One player Notre Dame contacted was Florence (S.C.) Wilson five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas, who is ranked as the top overall player in the country by ESPN. Thomas doesn't know much about Notre Dame, but told Blue & Gold Illustrated he is very interested in the Irish and plans to do research on the program and possibly take a visit to South Bend. However, he will likely be a tough pull from the Palmetto State. • A 2018 name to keep an eye on is Yoakum (Texas) High wide receiver Joshua Moore. Rivals' No. 105 overall prospect in the junior class currently doesn't have an offer, but told Blue & Gold Illustrated he expects to receive an offer this fall. He said Notre Dame would be high on his list if they do offer. His recruitment will be one to watch. — Corey Bodden and David McKinney Follow @BGI_CoreyBodden and @BGI_DMcKinney on Twitter for daily recruiting updates available on! Recruiting Notes COMMITMENT UPDATES Games played Sept. 2-3 unless otherwise noted

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