Notre Dame commit recap: QB Brandon Wimbush efficient in victory
All but one of Notre Dame’s 22 verbally committed football recruits had games scheduled in the past week. With the playoffs kicking off in Indiana and regular seasons coming to a close in Illinois in the last week, the number will soon start to shrink.
But not all 22 commits escaped the week healthy. Defensive end Bo Wallace sat out his game as a precaution with an ankle injury suffered earlier this month. Running back Josh Adams started his game, but sat out the final three quarters with a sprained ankle. Both players could return to action for their teams this weekend.
One commit, kicker Justin Yoon, did return to the field on Saturday. Yoon missed a month with a back injury from his season opener, but has healed faster than expected.
Safety Nicco Fertitta was the only Irish pledge without a game with Las Vegas Bishop Gorman on a bye.
Here’s a look at how the other 21 Notre Dame’s commits fared in the past week:
RB Josh Adams: Pennsbury 55, Central Bucks South 7. With Adams sidelined with an ankle injury, Central Bucks South (7-2) couldn’t keep up with Pennsbury. Adams scored on a 61-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter before leaving the game. Adams said Sunday that the ankle injury is only a sprain, and that he’s resting up in hopes of playing Friday.
DE Bo Wallace: John Curtis 48, Lusher 14. Wallace sat out with an ankle injury as the John Curtis defense kept Lusher’s offense in check in a lopsided victory. The Patriots (7-1) returned to action following a bye week.
K Justin Yoon: Milton Academy 22, Governor's Academy 6. Yoon returned to the field after recovering from a back injury in his first game of the season. On a muddy field, Yoon missed an extra point, but made a 28-yard field goal in the win for Milton Academy (4-2).
QB Brandon Wimbush: St. Peter’s Prep 62, Union City 7. Wimbush was efficient and prolific in a rout for St. Peter’s Prep (6-1). In three quarters, Wimbush completed eight of his nine passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 57 yards and one touchdown. All three of his touchdown passes were caught by Alabama commit Minkah Fitzpatrick. Wimbush has thrown 10 touchdowns and just five incomplete passes in his last three games.
WR Jalen Guyton: Allen 63, Flower Mound 17. Guyton caught nine passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the Allen win. Guyton’s scores came on completions of one yard and 75 yards. The Eagles (8-0) have won 35 consecutive games.
WR C.J. Sanders: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 28, Loyola 21. Sanders helped ease a backup quarterback into the starting lineup for Notre Dame. Sanders scored three times to lead the Knights (6-2) in a win. He caught seven passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns and rushed seven times for 82 yards and one touchdown.
CB Shaun Crawford and DT Elijah Taylor: St. Edward 24, Cincinnati Moeller 10. Crawford scored on an 80-yard run on the first play of scrimmage to give St. Edward (7-2) an early lead with Irish head coach Brian Kelly in attendance. The Eagles scored 24 points in the first half against Taylor and the Moeller (6-3) defense. Crawford caught five passes for 50 yards and also recorded four tackles, two pass breakups and one interception on defense. Taylor made four tackles, including one for a loss.
OL Tommy Kraemer: Cincinnati Elder 49, Highlands 35. Kraemer and the Elder offensive line paved the way for plenty of offense. Elder (6-3) rushed for 292 yards and passed for 194 yards in the high-scoring game.
LB Josh Barajas: Andrean 61, Hammond 7. Barajas and the Andrean defense dominated in the opening round of an Indiana Class 3-A sectional. The 59ers (10-0) scored four defensive touchdowns and allowed Hammond just 92 yards of offense.
DT Brandon Tiassum: Park Tudor 56, Cloverdale 22. Tiassum totaled 10 tackles, one sack and one pass deflection in an opening round victory of an Indiana Class 2-A sectional. Tiassum also caught a pass for a touchdown on offense that was called back for a penalty on the Panthers (2-8).
LB Asmar Bilal: Ben Davis 49, Pike 38. It wasn’t pretty for Bilal and the Ben Davis defense, but the Giants (8-2) advanced to the Indiana Class 6-A sectional championship round with the victory.
OL Trevor Ruhland: Cary-Grove 47, Crystal Lake South 7. Ruhland recorded six pancakes for a Cary-Grove offense that racked up 383 yards. The win capped a perfect regular season for Cary-Grove. The Trojans (9-0) will open the Illinois Class 7-A playoffs as a No. 1 seed on Friday.
CB Nick Coleman: Kettering Alter 49, Carroll 0. Coleman scored a rushing touchdown and intercepted a pass in another Alter victory. Coleman had just four carries for 32 yards for the Knights (9-0).
CB Ashton White: Bishop McNamara 31, St. John's 15. White made seven tackles in the win for Bishop McNamara (3-5).
DL Micah Dew-Treadway: Bolingbrook 41, Sandburg 0. Dew-Treadway tallied four tackles in a blowout win in Bolingbrook’s regular-season finale. The Raiders (6-3) will open the Illinois Class 8-A playoff on Saturday.
WR Miles Boykin: Providence Catholic 41, Lake Forest Academy 7. Boykin was held without a touchdown, but Providence (8-1) still rolled in the regular season finale. The Celtics open up the Illinois Class 7-A playoffs as a No. 1 seed on Saturday.
OL Jerry Tillery: Evangel Christian 42, Bossier 0. Tillery and Evangel Christian scored 42 points in the first half of an easy win. The Eagles (5-3) have won four straight games.
OL Tristen Hoge: Highland 58, Bonneville 0. Hoge finished a perfect regular season with another blowout victory. The Rams (9-0) receive a bye to start the playoffs.
S Prentice McKinney: South Oak Cliff 79, Seagoville 13. McKinney and the South Oak Cliff defense allowed just seven first downs in a dominating victory. After losing the first three games of the season, the Bears have recovered with five consecutive wins.
LB Te’von Coney: Vero Beach 38, Palm Beach Gardens 35. Coney and the Palm Beach Gardens defense couldn’t hold on to a late lead in his first game as an Irish commit. Vero Beach scored 11 unanswered points including a 21-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining to beat the Gators (5-3).
*Stats reported were provided by the players or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Dallas Morning News, Joliet (Ill.) Herald-News, Cincinnati Enquirer, Florida Sun Sentinel, NJ.com, The Times of Northwest Indiana.
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