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February 2017

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FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP Recruiting Notes • Notre Dame is down to just one wide receiver pledge in the class of 2017 after the December decommitment of Winter Park (Fla.) High three- star Jordan Pouncey. Amidst the departure of wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock, Pouncey backed off his pledge to the Irish after being offered by Miami and Texas. Pouncey included Notre Dame in a final four list along with Miami, Texas and Tennessee. He will visit those three schools in January. The lone wide receiver commit remaining in the class is Destrehan (La.) High three-star Michael Young. • A source close to the recruitment of Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Evan Fields has indicated to Blue & Gold Illustrated that Notre Dame is trending upward to land the three-star. Fields was offered by Notre Dame Dec. 8 and included the Irish on a list of his final six schools along with Oregon, Arizona State, Kansas State, UCLA and Baylor. The Oklahoma talent will announce his commitment Jan. 30, 10 days after his official visit to South Bend Jan. 20. Rivals rates Fields as the No. 9 prospect in Oklahoma and the No. 47 safety in the class of 2017. Quarterback Avery Davis, 5-11, 192, Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill) Running Back Robert Burns, 5-11, 214, Miami (Gulliver Prep) — Miami commit Stephen Carr, 6-0, 203, Fontana, Calf. (Summit) — USC commit C.J. Holmes, 6-0, 196, Hamden, Conn. (Cheshire Academy) Wide Receiver Terrell Bynum, 6-1, 177, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco) — Washington commit Gavin Holmes, 5-11, 180, Justin, Texas (Northwest)* Jordan Pouncey, 6-3, 182, Winter Park, Fla. (Winter Park) Michael Smith, 6-2, 205, Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach)* Michael Young, 5-11, 178, Destrehan, La. (Destrehan) Tight End Cole Kmet, 6-4, 220, Arlington Heights, Ill. (St. Viator) Brock Wright, 6-5, 238, Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair) Offensive Line Aaron Banks, 6-7, 344, El Cerrito, Calif. (El Cerrito) Dillan Gibbons, 6-5, 315, Clearwater, Fla. (Central Catholic) Robert Hainsey, 6-5, 276, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) Joshua Lugg, 6-7, 293, Wexford, Pa. (North Allegheny) Defensive End Jalen Harris, 6-3, 205, Mesa, Ariz. (Desert Ridge)* — Arizona commit Brad Johnson, 6-2, 230, Pendleton, S.C. (Pendleton) Ryan Johnson, 6-4, 252, Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul's Episcopal) Jonathon MacColllister, 6-4, 253, Orlando, Fla. (Bishop Moore) Jarez Parks, 6-5, 255, Sebastian, Fla. (Sebastian River) Joshua Paschal, 6-3, 253, Olney, Md. (Good Counsel) — Kentucky commit Defensive Tackle Jerron Cage, 6-2, 279, Cincinnati (Winton Woods) — Ohio State commit Noah Elliss, 6-4, 315, Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian) Brandon Pili, 6-4, 295, Portland, Ore. (Westview) Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, 6-3, 250, Kapolei, Hawai'i (Kapolei)* Darnell Ewell, 6-4, 295, Norfolk, Va. (Lake Taylor) Kurt Hinish, 6-2, 283, Pittsburgh (Central Catholic) Linebacker David Adams, 6-2, 225, Pittsburgh (Central Catholic) Ellis Brooks, 6-2, 240, Richmond, Va. (Benedictine School) Antjuan Simmons, 6-1, 199, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer) Leonard Warner, 6-4, 224, Snellville, Ga. (Brookwood) Drew White, 6-1, 225, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas) Cornerback Paulson Adebo, 6-1, 177, Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield) Yusuf Corker, 6-0, 173, Stockbridge, Ga. (Woodland) — Kentucky commit Elijah Hicks, 6-0, 185, La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada) Safety Chaz Ah You, 6-2, 199, Provo, Utah (Timpview) Evan Fields, 6-2, 190, Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City) Isaiah Pola-Mao, 6-4, 196, Phoenix (Mountain Pointe) Isaiah Robertson, 6-3, 190, Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley) Devondre Robinson, 6-0, 190, Santee, S.C. (Lake Marion) TreSean Smith, 6-1, 186, Cincinnati (La Salle) — Louisville commit Athlete Chris Miller, 6-0, 175, Denton, Texas (Denton) — Colorado commit Connor Wedington, 5-11, 185, Sumner, Wash. (Sumner)* Commitments in bold italics * Received an offer between Dec. 14 and Jan. 9 Class Of 2017 Scholarship Offer Master List Master List Changes Prospects Removed: WR Jamire Calvin of Los Angeles (committed to Oregon State); WR Jeremiah Holloman of Covington, Ga. (committed to Georgia); OL Foster Sarell of Graham, Wash. (committed to Stanford); DL Martin Andrus of Los Angeles (committed to UCLA); DL MJ Webb of Madison, Ga. (no longer considering Notre Dame); LB Rahyme Johnson of Los Angeles (committed to UCLA); LB Nathan Proctor of Indian Head, Md. (committed to Virginia Tech); DB Jaiden Cole of Monroe, La. (committed to Louisiana Tech); DB Thomas Graham of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (commit- ted to Oregon); DB Todd Harris of Plaquemine, La. (no longer considering Notre Dame); DB Darnay Holmes of Calabasas, Calif. (no longer considering Notre Dame); and DB K.J. Jarrell of Scottsdale, Ariz. (no longer considering Notre Dame). RIVALS 2017 TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS As of Jan. 9 1. Alabama 26 2. Ohio State 18 3. Georgia 23 4. Michigan 27 5. Oklahoma 24 6. Texas A&M 26 7. LSU 19 8. Florida State 17 9. Tennessee 26 13. Notre Dame 16 Rk. School Commits Rk. School Commits Notre Dame may have uncovered a diamond in the rough in December when it offered Vero Beach (Fla.) High unranked wide receiver Michael Smith, who will take an official visit Jan. 20. In his senior season, he recorded 1,567 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM 44 FEBRUARY 2017 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED

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