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Oct.10, 2016

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Page 46 of 55 OCT. 10, 2016 47 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP Recruiting Notes • Notre Dame hosted a pair of talented 2018 Pennsyl- vania prospects at the Duke game Sept. 24. Three-star linebacker Charlie Katshir and four-star tight end Zack Kuntz visited the Irish together, and both reportedly enjoyed themselves. Katshir and Kuntz, who is ranked as the top tight end in the junior class, are old friends and have been playing sports together since they were little. Though they do not attend the same high school, Katshir said that playing together in college would be a "dream come true" for the duo. • According to Buena Park (Calif.) High School football coach Anthony White, four-star Buena Park cornerback Elijah Gates has legitimate interest in Notre Dame and will most likely take an official visit following the sea- son. White said that Gates, Rivals' No. 22 cornerback and No. 224 overall player nationally, wants to take the visit after the season so he can get more face time with the coaches than would be possible during a home game weekend. On Aug. 26, Gates included Notre Dame on the list of his final seven schools with Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, Cal, TCU and Michigan. White said that he expects Gates to trim his list in October. As of now, Gates has official visits planned to Oregon and TCU. • Notre Dame sent out its newest offer in the class of 2018 Sept. 27 to four-star Plantation (Fla.) American Heri- tage cornerback Pat- rick Surtain Jr., the No. 1 cornerback and No. 10 overall player in the class of 2018. He is the son of former NFL cornerback and three-time Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain. Surtain's early reac- tion to the offer was positive. "I'm very excited," he said. "It's an honor." The most recent offer before Surtain Jr. was four- star Rivals100 wide receiver Kamryn Babb of St. Louis Christian Brothers College High, who received his offer Sept. 24. Babb is ranked as the No. 13 wide receiver and No. 78 overall player in the junior class by Rivals. Babb plans on visiting the Irish in the near future. • Atlanta Westminster 2017 three-star defensive end Cortez Alston was scheduled to take an official to Notre Dame for the Miami game in late October, but his plans have changed. He will not be at Notre Dame for the game, and the visit is not likely to be rescheduled. The cancelation of the visit could have something to do with the recent commitment of Rivals four-star defensive lineman Donovan Jeter. The Irish have four defensive linemen in the 2017 class with possibly room left only for a pure speed rusher. — Corey Bodden and David McKinney COMMITMENT UPDATES Games played Sept. 22‑24 unless otherwise noted • LB David Adams: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (4-1) won 42-14 against Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley (2-2) … Seneca Valley's points all came in the fourth quarter after being down 42-0. Next game: vs. Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine Richland (4‑1). • DB Paulson Adebo: Mansfield (Texas) High (2-2) won 62-3 at Fort Worth (Texas) Paschal (2-2). Next game: at Arlington (Texas) High (2‑2). • DL Jayson Ademilola: Racked up three sacks in Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep's (4-0) 42-10 home victory versus West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep. Next game: at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic (3‑1). • DL Justin Ademilola: Recorded a sack in Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep's (4-0) 42-10 home win against West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep. Next game: at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic (3‑1). • LB Matthew Bauer: Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep (5-0) won 62-0 on the road versus Edinboro (Pa.) General McLane (3-2). Next game: at Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Prep (2‑2). • QB Avery Davis: Completed 22 of 26 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns in Cedar Hill (Texas) High's (2-2) 33-18 loss to DeSoto (Texas) High (4-0), which is ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today. Next game: vs. Duncanville (Texas) High (4‑0). • DL Darnell Ewell: Part of a defense that surrendered 388 yards in Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor's (3-1) 27-20 win at Norfolk (Va.) Norview (3-2). Next game: vs. Norfolk (Va.) Granby (3‑1). • OL Dillan Gibbons: Was part of an offense that compiled 348 total yards in Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic's (4-1) 25-21 defeat at Tampa (Fla.) Catholic (1-2). Next game: at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic (0‑4). • OL Robert Hainsey: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy (5-0), which is ranked No. 2 nationally by USA Today, won 38-0 at home versus Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson (3-1) … IMG racked up 348 yards of total offense in the win. Next game: Bye. • DL Kurt Hinish: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (4-1) posted a 42-14 win over Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley (2-2). Next game: vs. Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine Richland (4‑1). • RB C.J. Holmes: Scored two touchdowns, but Cheshire (Conn.) Academy (0-2) fell 34-22 to Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy (1-0). Next game: vs. Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More (1‑1). • DL Donovan Jeter: Beaver Falls (Pa.) High (3-1) won 45-14 at home versus Alverton (Pa.) Southmoreland (0-4). Next game: at New Brighton (Pa.) High (0‑4). • QB Phil Jurkovec: Scored the game-winning touchdown with a four-yard run in Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland's (4-1) 31-24 win at home versus Bethel Park (Pa.) High (2-2) … Finished with 101 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts, and added 96 yards through the air … Through five games, has thrown for 1,323 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while complet- ing 60.3 percent of his passes … Has rushed for 370 yards and six touchdowns on 60 carries. Next game: at Pittsburgh Central Catholic (4‑1). • TE Cole Kmet: Caught five passes for 26 yards to help Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator (3-2) to a 17-10 win at Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel (3-2). Next game: vs. Woodstock (Ill.) Marian Central (3‑2). • OL Joshua Lugg: Helped pave the way for touchdown runs of 28, 39 and 42 yards in Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny's (3-2) 49-7 rout of Butler (Pa.) High (1-3). Next game: vs. Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon (3‑2). • DL Johnathon MacCollister: Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore (3-1) had a bye. Next game: vs. Orlando (Fla.) South Lake (2‑2). • LB Ovie Oghoufo: Had a 10-yard touchdown reception, but Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison (3-2) lost 21-9 at home versus Rochester (Mich.) High (4-1). Next game: vs. Beverly Hills (Mich.) Groves (5‑0). • WR Jordan Pouncey: Logged nine carries for 78 yards in Winter Park (Fla.) High's (3-2) 35-7 loss at Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva (3-2). Next game: vs. Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek (4‑1). • DB Isaiah Robertson: Had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Naper- ville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley (5-0) to a 35-14 victory at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (2-4). Next game: at Naperville (Ill.) North (5‑0). • RB Markese Stepp: Did not play due to a hamstring injury, but Indianapolis Cathedral (5-1) re- corded a 40-16 win at Evensville (Tenn.) Rhea County (4-2). Next game: at Fishers (Ind.) High (2‑4). • LB Pete Werner: Indianapolis Cathedral (5-1) won 40-16 on the road against Evensville (Tenn.) Rhea County (4-2). Next game: at Fishers (Ind.) High (2‑4). • LB Drew White: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (3-1), USA Today's No. 9 team nationally, won 42-0 at home over Hallandale (Fla.) (2-2). Next game: at USA Today's No. 1 school nationally, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (5‑0). • TE Brock Wright: Caught three passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in Cypress (Texas) Cy- Fair's (2-2) 24-17 loss at Houston Cypress Ranch (4-0). Next game: vs. Houston Jersey Village (2‑2). • WR Michael Young: Destrehan (La.) High (4-0) won 31-28 at home versus Boutte (La.) Hahn- ville (2-2). Next game: vs. Houma (La.) Terrebonne (2‑0). Follow @BGI_CoreyBodden and @BGI_DMcKinney on Twitter for daily recruiting updates! Patrick Surtain Jr.

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