Notre Dame commit recap: Irish recruits racking up touchdowns

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The race for the touchdown title is well underway.

The skill position players in Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting class have set a fast pace in the race to score the most touchdowns among the group. Four recruits – running back Josh Adams and wide receivers Miles Boykin, C.J. Sanders and Jalen Guyton – have combined for 41 touchdowns in 15 games.

Adams, who scored six touchdowns last week, scored another three on Friday and leads the group with 14 touchdowns. With the most guaranteed touches likely to go to Adams as a running back, he may be hard to pass. 

Long playoff runs could help the wide receivers overcome the deficit. Boykin remains the closest to Adams with 11 touchdowns. Guyton and Sanders are tied with eight, but Sanders has played only three games after last week’s bye. All three players play for undefeated teams. 

The rest of Notre Dame’s 17 verbal commitments have scored their share of touchdowns as well. This weekend the group combined for 11 touchdowns with safety Prentice McKinney and cornerbacks Shaun Crawford and Nick Coleman joining in on the scoring.

Here’s a full recap of Notre Dame’s verbally committed recruiting class in action over the weekend:

RB Josh Adams: Central Bucks South 42, Bensalem 0. Adams needed just six carries to score three touchdowns and tally 77 yards in a rout. He also caught one pass for five yards in the Central Bucks South (3-1) win.

WR Miles Boykin: Providence Catholic 37, Marmion Academy 7. Boykin helped Providence Catholic (4-0) light up the scoreboard again on Friday. He caught six passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

WR Jalen Guyton: Allen 42, Plano 3. Guyton caught nine passes for 178 yards and a touchdown for 4-0. Guyton scored on a 37-yard pass in the third quarter. He also ripped off a 61-yard reception in which he broke a number of tackles following a short screen pass.

K Justin Yoon: St. Sebastian's School 28, Milton Academy 0. The season opener couldn’t have gone much worse for Yoon. A struggling offense limited him to punting duty without any field goal or extra point attempts. In the third quarter, an errant snap on a punt caused Yoon to scramble for the loose ball. As Yoon and a defender dove on the ball, Yoon suffered a back injury. On Monday, Yoon said he has three fractured vertebrae and is out indefinitely as he learns more about his recovery. The injury could sideline Yoon for the rest of his senior season.

S Nicco Fertitta: Bishop Gorman 41, Santa Margarita 10. Fertitta recorded eight tackles and an interception in the blowout win. Next is a powerhouse matchup of St. John Bosco (3-0) from Bellflower, Calif. and Bishop Gorman (5-0). USA Today ranks the teams as the top two in the country. No. 2 Gorman will host the game, which will be televised Friday on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET, in Las Vegas.

OL Tristen Hoge: Highland 37, Madison 20. Hoge and the Highland offensive line protected quarterback Dakota Tillotson as the Rams moved to 4-0. Tillotson threw for 342 yards and scored five touchdowns.

CB Shaun Crawford: Cincinnati Elder 21, St. Edward 14. Elder sent Shaun Crawford and St. Edward back to northeast Ohio with their first loss of the season. Crawford opened the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, but the St. Edward (3-1) defense surrendered a one-point lead in the fourth quarter. Crawford caught four passes for 63 yards and recorded seven tackles, two tackles for a loss, one interception and one pass breakup on defense.

OL Trevor Ruhland: Cary-Grove 47, Woodstock North 7. Ruhland and the Cary-Grove offensive line cleared the way for more than 300 rushing yards. The Trojans remain undefeated through four games

S Prentice McKinney: South Oak Cliff 56, Wyatt 7. McKinney recovered a fumble and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown in South Oak Cliff’s first win of the season. McKinney also recorded six tackles in an SOC (1-3) victory.

OL Jerry Tillery: Northside 13, Evangel Christian 10. Tillery and Evangel couldn’t complete a last-minute comeback attempt and fell to Northside in an upset. An Evangel (1-2) pass was intercepted at the three-yard line with less than 20 seconds left in the game.

LB Josh Barajas: Andrean 21, Hobart 17. Barajas recorded 10 tackles, two for a loss in the comeback victory. Andrean (5-0) took its only lead of the game on a one-yard quarterback sneak with nine seconds left in the game. Barajas also caught two passes for 12 yards as a tight end.

DL Micah Dew-Treadway: Bolingbrook 41, Stagg 0. Dew-Treadway tallied five tackles and two tackles for a loss in just one half of play in a blowout win for Bolingbrook (3-1). 

DT Elijah Taylor: Cincinnati Moeller 26, St. Xavier (Ky.) 0. Taylor recorded a key sack to help maintain Moeller’s shutout. St. Xavier drove into the Moeller red zone, but Taylor’s sack moved the offense back and led to a missed field goal. Moeller (4-0) has yet to allow more than seven points in a game this season and has two shutouts.

CB Nick Coleman: Kettering Alter 35, Bishop Fenwick 13. Coleman scored on a 45-yard touchdown run in the Alter victory. He totaled 76 yards on 12 carries for the Knights (4-0).

CB Ashton White: St. Mary's Ryken 56, Bishop McNamara 26. White made two tackles in the loss for Bishop McNamara (1-3). He also caught three passes for 27 yards.

DT Brandon Tiassum: Indianapolis Lutheran 49, Park Tudor 28. Tiassum recorded seven tackles in another Park Tudor (0-5) loss.

*Stats reported were provided by the players or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Dallas Morning News, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser, Idaho State Journal, Louisville Courier-Journal.

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Notre Dame running back commit Josh Adams has scored 14 touchdowns in his first four games as a senior (Photo courtesy of The Intelligencer).