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Sept. 25, 2017

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Page 46 of 55 SEPT. 25, 2017 47 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP • DL Jayson Ademilola: Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep (1-1) fell 28-21 to Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep (2-0), USA Today's No. 13 team nationally, at Widener University in Chester, Pa. Next game: at West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep (0-1). • DL Justin Ademilola: Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep (1-1) fell 28-21 to Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep (2-0), USA Today's No. 13 team nationally, at Widener University in Chester, Pa. Next game: at West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep (0-1). • DB Derrik Allen: Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter (3-0) had a bye week. Next game: vs. Marietta (Ga.) High (3-0). • WR Kevin Austin: Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep's (2-0) game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Next game: vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Westminster Academy (0-2). • LB Matthew Bauer: Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep (3-0) continued their dominance to open the 2017 season with a 63-7 win over Erie (Pa.) McDowell (1-2), allowing 190 yards of total offense … The Cathedral Prep defense has allowed just 14 points in three games. Next game: vs. Cleveland Benedictine (3-0). • OL John Dirksen: Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local (3-0) notched a 13-7 win over Coldwater (Ohio) High (1-2). Next game: vs. Minster (Ohio) High (3-0). • DT Ja'Mion Franklin: Blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown in Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline's (2-0) 49-6 win over Salisbury (Md.) Parkside (1-1). Next game: at Cambridge (Md.) Cambridge-South Dorchester (0-2). • WR Micah Jones: Recorded eight catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in a 26-10 Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township (1-1) win over Libertyville (Ill.) High (1-1). Next game: at Lake Forest (Ill.) High (2-1). • QB Phil Jurkovec: Put on another show, registering five total touchdowns in a 42-7 win for Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine Richland (3-0) over Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley (0-2) … Finished 15-of-22 passing for 254 yards with three touchdowns and also rushed for two scores, per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette … All five touchdowns came in the first half. Next game: at Pittsburgh Penn Hills (3-0). • DL Jacob Lacey: Recorded five tackles, including four for loss, per his fa- ther, in Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren's (4-0) 27-17 win over Cecilia (Ky.) Central Hardin (2-2). Next game: vs. Leitchfield (Ky.) Grayson County (1-3). • LB Jack Lamb: Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak (1-1) had a bye … Remains sidelined with a knee injury. Next game: at Phelan (Calif.) Serrano (0-3). • OL Cole Mabry: Brentwood (Tenn.) High (4-0) remained undefeated with 42-7 win over Smyrna (Tenn.) Stewarts Creek (2-2). Next game: at Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood (3-1). • QB Cade McNamara: Completed 8 of 11 passes for 178 yards and four touchdowns in Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch's (3-0) 55-0 win over Reno (Nev.) Hug (0-3). Next game: at Sparks (Nev.) Spanish Springs (2-1). • LB Ovie Oghoufo: Recorded two sacks and broke up one pass on de- fense, hauled in three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown as a receiver, and had a 51-yard rush in Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison's (2-1) 47-8 win over Rochester Hills (Mich.) Stoney Creek (1-2). Next game: at Birmingham (Mich.) Seaholm (1-2). • ROV Shayne Simon: Caught 10 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns in Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep's (1-1) 28-21 loss to Philadelphia St. Jo- seph's Prep (2-0), USA Today's No. 13 team nationally, at Widener University in Chester, pa. Next game: at West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep (0-1). • RB Jahmir Smith: Did not play, per The Sanford Herald, in Sanford (N.C.) Lee County's (4-0) 55-27 victory over Raeford (N.C.) Hoke County (0-3). • RB Markese Stepp: Had a touchdown in limited action in a 34-14 In- dianapolis Cathedral (1-3) win over Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (1-3). Next game: at Cincinnati St. Xavier (3-0). • TE George Takacs: Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast's (1-0) game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Next game: at Naples (Fla.) High (1-1). • Atlanta Pace Academy 2018 five-star offensive guard Jamaree Salyer was sched- uled to take an official visit to Notre Dame for the Georgia game Sept. 9, but the 6-4, 305-pounder tweeted Sept. 8 he was unable to make the trip due to a family issue. Plans to reschedule the visit have not been locked down. Getting Salyer back to South Bend on an official visit is key for the Irish in their pursuit of Rivals' No. 1 offensive guard and No. 10 overall player na- tionally. Georgia and Clemson are the perceived leaders for the talented lineman, with programs such as Ohio State and Stanford also in the mix. • The Irish made a lot of moves with the current seniors who were in South Bend for the Georgia game, but also impressed some of the 2019 con- tingent in town, including Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Siegel four-star defensive end Joseph Anderson. It was the 6-4, 265-pounder's second trip to Notre Dame this year, with the first coming in April for the program's Sopho- more Day. Anderson came away impressed with the Irish after seeing Mike Elko's de- fense and Mike Elston's defen- sive line in person. He told Blue & Gold Illus- trated following the visit he could see himself fitting in with the Irish on the field. An- derson's parents also enjoyed the trip and the opportunities Notre Dame presents their son. The Irish may be the team to beat for Anderson moving forward. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee are among the other offers for Rivals' No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 127 overall player nationally. The Irish like Anderson at de- fensive end. • Notre Dame is still looking to round out its 2018 offensive line class, which currently includes Brentwood (Tenn.) High tackle Cole Mabry and Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local tackle John Dirksen. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive guard Chris Murray landed an Irish offer Aug. 7 and expressed interest to visit. The 6-3, 290-pounder told Rivals West recruiting analyst Adam Gorney he is planning to take an official visit to South Bend later this fall, though no date is set. Utah and Stanford are also in line to get officials from the Rivals four-star recruit, who is ranked as the No. 17 offensive guard nationally. • It's a couple weeks ahead, but Notre Dame is expecting to host one of its top 2019 defensive back targets for the Miami (Ohio) game Sept. 30. Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal safety Litchfield Ajavon visited Notre Dame in June and plans to return when the Irish welcome the RedHawks to South Bend. The 6-0, 185-pounder connected well with the Irish staff, including linebackers coach Clark Lea and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. Ajavon is high on the Irish and his fit on and off the field at Notre Dame. Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are among the early offers for Ajavon, who Rivals ranks as a three-star prospect and the No. 21 safety in the country. — Corey Bodden and David McKinney Follow @BGI_CoreyBodden and @BGI_DMcKinney on Twitter for daily recruiting updates available on! Commitment Updates Games played Sept. 8-9 unless otherwise noted RECRUITING NOTES JAMAREE SALYER

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