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Oct. 3, 2016

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48 OCT. 3, 2016 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP • Notre Dame hosted one of the top cornerbacks in the country during the Michigan State weekend in Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian five-star Shaun Wade. The Irish appeared to be a major player in his recruitment, but following the visit Wade's father, Randy, discussed the impact of the Notre Dame visit with the Ohio State Rivals site ( "It actually makes the commitment stronger because it gives us something to compare to Ohio State," Randy Wade told the site. "When you have something to compare it to, it makes it more real." • The Irish made strong impressions on several official visitors for the Michigan State weekend. El Cerrito (Calif.) High four-star offensive lineman Aaron Banks, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High four-star cornerback Thomas Graham and Nashville (Tenn.) East Nashville Magnet four-star linebacker Jacob Phillips all gave good reviews of the visit, and the Irish are in the discussion to land sig- natures from each of the three. Graham may be the only one of the trio, as of now, where Notre Dame is likely the leader. While the Irish are in good shape with the other two, so are other schools like Oregon and UCLA for Banks plus Oklahoma and Oregon for Phillips. • Winter Park (Fla.) High wide receiver and Notre Dame commit Jordan Pouncey visited Miami unofficially Sept. 10 to watch the Hurricanes take on Florida Atlantic. Miami has yet to extend an offer to the talented athlete, but a tender could make Pouncey's recruitment more interesting. • Los Angeles Salesian four-star linebacker Rahyme Johnson appeared to be headed to South Bend Oct. 15 for an official visit when the Irish take on the Cardinal of Stanford. That trip may be on hold for now. Johnson currently has visits scheduled to Nebraska, Texas A&M and Florida. He told Blue & Gold Illustrated he did not want to waste an official visit and wanted to see how hard Notre Dame pushed. The Irish may have backed off Johnson, because of their stand- ing with Phillips. For now Johnson is not likely to take an official to Notre Dame. — Corey Bodden and David McKinney Recruiting Notes Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian five-star cornerback Shaun Wade remains solid on his pledge to the Buckeyes after his offi- cial to South Bend for the Michigan State game. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM COMMITMENT UPDATES Games played Sept. 16‑17 unless otherwise noted • LB David Adams: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (3-1) posted a 55-6 win versus Greensburg (Pa.) Hempfield Area (3-1). Next game: Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley Area (2‑1). • DB Paulson Adebo: Mansfield (Texas) High (1-2) had a bye. Next game: Forth Worth (Texas) Paschal (2‑1). • DL Jayson Ademilola: Recorded four sacks in Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep's 43-26 win over Hightstown (N.J.) The Peddie School (1-1). Next game: West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep (0‑2). • DL Justin Ademilola: Notched 2.5 sacks in Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep's 43-26 win over Hightstown (N.J.) The Peddie School (1-1). Next game: West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep (0‑2). • LB Matthew Bauer: Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep (4-0) won 42-35 on the road against Cleveland Benedictine (1-3). Next game: Edinboro (Pa.) General McLane (3‑1). • QB Avery Davis: Cedar Hill (Texas) High (2-1) had a bye. Next game: Desoto (Texas) High (3‑0), USA Today's No. 6 team in the nation. • DL Darnell Ewell: Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor (2-1) won 62-47 at Elizabeth City (N.C) Northeastern. Next game: at Norfolk (Va.) Norview (3‑1). • OL Dillan Gibbons: Was part of a line that paved the way for 304 yards of total offense in Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic's (4-0) 53-18 home victory over Clear- water (Fla.) Academy International (2-1). Next game: at Tampa (Fla.) Catholic (0‑2). • OL Robert Hainsey: USA Today's No. 2 team in the country Bradenton (Fla.) IMG (4-0) racked up 427 yards of total offense in a 35-14 win over No. 18 Washington (D.C.) St. John's (3-1). Next game: Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson (3‑0). • DL Kurt Hinish: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (3-1) won 55-6 over Greensburg (Pa.) Hempfield Area (3-1). Next game: at Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley (2‑1). • RB C.J. Holmes: Had a 24-yard touchdown run, but Cheshire (Conn.) Academy lost its season opener on the road 33-30 versus Wallingford (Conn.) Choate Rose- mary Hall School (1-0). Next game: Groton (Mass) Lawrence Academy. • QB Phil Jurkovec: Completed 13 of 26 passes for 176 yards with one intercep- tion and added 35 yards on the ground in Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine Richland's (3-1) 52-21 win at Pittsburgh Penn Hills (2-2). Next game: Bethel Park (Pa.) High (2‑1). • TE Cole Kmet: Hauled in five catches for 92 yards in Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator's (2-2) 33-14 loss on the road versus Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy (3-1). Next game: at Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel (2‑2). • OL Joshua Lugg: Helped Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny (2-2) to a 49-0 win at Pittsburgh Shaler Area (0-4). Next game: Butler (Pa.) High (1‑2). • DL Johnathon MacCollister: Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore (3-1) won 54-0 at home versus Groveland (Fla.) South Lake (2-2). Next game: Orlando (Fla.) South Lake (2‑2). • LB Ovie Oghoufo: Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison (3-1) won 28-0 at home versus West Bloomfield (Mich.) High (3-0). Next game: Rochester (Mich.) High (3‑0). • WR Jordan Pouncey: Notched a 40-yard touchdown run in Winter Garden (Fla.) High's (3-1) 42-10 home victory versus Orlando (Fla.) Colonial (0-4). Next game: Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva (2‑2). • DB Isaiah Robertson: Did not play in Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley's (4-0) 48-19 home victory versus Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South (0-4). Next game: Indianapo‑ lis Bishop Chatard (2‑3). • RB Markese Stepp: Did not play in Indianapolis Cathedral's (4-1) 34-29 loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier (2-2) while continuing to recover from a hamstring injury he suffered in the season opener. Next game: Evensville (Tenn.) Rhea County (4‑1). • LB Pete Werner: Indianapolis Cathedral (4-1) lost 34-29 versus Cincinnati St. Xavier (2-2). Next game: Evensville (Tenn.) Rhea County (4‑1). • LB Drew White: No. 9 Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (2-1) had a bye. Next game: Hallandale (Fla.) High (2‑1). • TE Brock Wright: Caught one pass for 11 yards in Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair's (2-1) 57-21 triumph over Cypress (Texas) Springs (1-2). Next game: at Houston Cypress Ranch (3‑0). • WR Michael Young: Did not record any catches in limited action in his first game back from injury in Destrehan's (La.) High's (3-0) 21-7 home win over Marrero (La.) John Ehret (2-1). Next game: Boutte (La.) Hahnville (2‑1). 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