Notre Dame’s commitments in the 2023 and 2024 classes are in the middle of their respective senior and junior seasons, and this article takes a look at what to look out for as the weekend approaches.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Indiana Class 2A playoff run begins for Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean (6-3). Irish linebacker signed Drayk Bowen‘s side lost three regular-season games last season but made a playoff run and won the state title. And Bowen was obviously a big part of that, winning the Gatorade Player of the Year Award in Indiana. It should also be noted that Andrean always plays a tough regular season schedule, competing against teams that are in a higher classification.
Andrean had a first-round bye last week and fights Lakeville (Ind.) LaVille (10-0) on Friday.
Bowen has been outstanding this season, totaling 94 stops, 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 abandoned passes, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 blocked punt. On offense, he recorded 116 carries for 738 yards and 13 touchdowns, as well as 9 receptions for 216 yards and 3 scores.
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TOP PERFORMERS OF THE LAST WEEK
I’m a sucker for production, and I’ve seen Notre Dame’s commits bring in big numbers, especially in multiple positions. And for last week, the Cincinnati Lakota West (10-0) was safe Ben Minich.
In a 31-14 win that gave Lakota West a perfect regular season, Minich defensively had 2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception, added 34 rushing yards and caught 5 passes for 93 yards and 1 touchdown.
Here are Minich’s season stats: 28 stops, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 3 interceptions (1 return 36 yards for a touchdown)…14 receptions for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns…4 rushes for 47 yards.
WHERE WILL MIKE SINGER BE?
I will be heading to the Athens, Georgia area to see the recent offering of the Notre Dame class of 2023 Khalil Barnes from Bogart (Ga.) North Oconee. His team has been dominant this season and, as far as I know, is playing inferior competition. I’m not expecting a great game here, but I’m looking forward to seeing Barnes in action for the first time and meeting him after the competition.
Barnes is listed as a cornerback, but Notre Dame is recruiting him as a wide receiver and is expected to have him on an official visit next weekend.
COMPLETE NOTRE DAME COMMITMENT PLAN
OL Sullivan Absher—Belmont (NC) southern tip (8-1) at Dallas (NC) North Gaston (0-9) October 28.
LB Jaiden Ausberry—Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab (5-3) vs. Baton Rouge (La.) Collegiate (0-8) Oct 27
CB Micah Bell—Houston The Kinkaid School (5-4) vs. Houston St. John’s (7-2) Oct. 28.
LB Drayk Bowen—Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean (6-3) in Lakeville (Ind.) LaVille (10-0) in the second round of the Indiana Class 2 State Playoffs on Oct. 28.
S Peyton Bowen—Denton (Texas) Guyer (8-0) vs. McKinney (Texas) High (6-2) Oct 27
RB Dylan Edwards—Derby (Can.) High (6-2) vs. Topeka (Ch.) High (1-7) Oct 28
TE Cooper Flanagan—Concord (California) De La Salle (5-3) in Pleasanton (California) Amador Valley (4-4) October 28th.
WR Rico Flores Jr.—Folsom (California) High (8-1) vs. Rocklin (California) High (7-2) Oct 27
CB Christian Grau—St Louis de Smet (4-5) in Overland (Mon) Ritenour (5-4) Oct 28
WR Jaden Greathouse—Austin (Texas) Westlake (8-0) in Austin, Texas Bowie (7-1) on Oct. 27.
DL Devan Houston—Hagerstown (Md.) St James School (4-3) vs. Washington (DC) Sidwell Friends (5-2) Oct 29
WR Braylon James—Round Rock (Texas) Rocky Point (4-4) at Austin (Texas) McNeil (2-6) October 28th.
RB Jayden Limar—Lake Stevens (Washington) High (6-2) vs. Snohomish (Wash.) Glacier Peak (7-1) Oct 28
RB Jeremiyah love—Christian Brethren St. Louis (8-1) vs. Kirkwood (Mon.) Vianney (0-9) Oct. 28.
S Ben Minich—Cincinnati Lakota West (10-0) vs. Lebanon (Mon.) High (4-6) in the first round of the Ohio Region 4 State Playoffs on Oct. 28.
DL Armel Mukam—Wild Berry Forest (Va.) High (5-1) vs. Richmond (Va.) Trinity Episcopal (8-0) Oct 29
OL Sam Pendleton—Pfafftown (NC) Reagan (7-2) at Winston-Salem (NC) RJ Reynolds (2-7) October 28th.
OL Joe Otting—Topeka (can.) Hayden (7-1) vs. Baldwin (Can.) High (3-5) Oct 28
S Adon Schuler—Irvington (NJ) high (7-2) vs. Parlin (NJ) Sayreville (4-4) Oct. 28.
DL Boubacar Traore—West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Monument (6-0) vs. Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers (6-1) Oct. 29. (Traore is injured)
DL Brenan Vernon—Mentor (Ohio) High (6-3) vs. Brunswick (Ohio) High (3-7) in the first round of the Ohio Region 1 State Playoffs on October 28th.
LB Preston Zinter—Lawrence (Mass.) Central Catholic (5-2) vs Hyannis (Mass.) Barnstable (2-5) Oct 29
2024 Notre Dame committed
QB CJ Carr—Saline (Mich.) High (7-2) vs. Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron (5-4) in the first round of the Michigan Division 1 State Playoffs on Oct. 28.
DL Brandon Davis-Swain—West Bloomfield (Michigan) High (8-1) vs. Detroit Cass Tech (6-3) in the first round of the Michigan Division 1 State Playoffs on October 28th.
OL Peter Jones—Malvern (Pa.) Preparation (6-1) vs. Fort Washington (Pa.) Germantown Academy (6-1) Oct 29
TE Jack Larsen—Charlotte (NC) Catholic (7-2) at Charlotte (NC) Palisades (1-8) Oct 28
DL Owen waffle—Princeton (NJ) Hun School (7-0) vs. Hightsown (Conn.) Peddie (2-5) 29 Oct
WR Cam Williams—Glen Ellyn (ill.) Glenbard South (7-2) vs. LaGrange Park (Illinois) Nazareth Academy (5-4) Oct 29
Season Complete: OL Charles Jagusah