Notre Dame commit recap: RB Tony Jones Jr. scores twice

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Fifteen Notre Dame football commits took the field in the past week. The only Irish pledge who has yet to start his season, wide receiver Chase Claypool in Canada, will begin his senior campaign this Friday.

Here’s a rundown on how each commit fared over the weekend:

RB Tony Jones Jr. and S Spencer Perry | Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 47, DeSoto (Texas) 29: Jones scored a pair of touchdowns in the IMG win. He finished with 17 carries for 56 yards including a one-yard score and a four-yard score for the Ascenders (2-0). Perry and the IMG secondary only allowed 112 passing yards.

QB Ian Book | El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge 43, Vacaville 14: Book lit up the scoreboard for the second consecutive week to start the season. He led Oak Ridge (2-0) to a big victory by completing 18 of his 23 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He added 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

WR Kevin Stepherson | Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast 26, Gainesville 31. A big night from Stepherson wasn’t enough to grab a First Coast victory. Stepherson caught five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Buccaneers (0-1).

OL Parker Boudreaux | Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore Catholic 24, Lyman 7. Boudreaux helped pave the way to 213 rushing yards for Bishop Moore. The Hornets (2-0) did so despite their starting quarterback leaving the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.

DB Jalen Elliott | Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird 35, Thomas Dale 7: Elliott struggled at quarterback but redeemed himself on defense with a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown. Elliott finished 0-for-5 passing with two interceptions, but the Skyhawks (2-0) dominated with defense.

DE Julian Okwara | Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 56, Marvin Ridge 14: Okwara and the Ardrey Kell defense held Marvin Ridge scoreless in the first half as the Knights (2-1) opened up a 34-0 lead. Okwara finished with eight tackles and one sack.

LB Jamir Jones | Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute 33, Christian Brothers Academy 22: Jones started his senior season with quarterback no longer part of his responsibility. His bigger concern is chasing quarterbacks. Jones finished with four tackles, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hurry in a win. He added two catches for 11 yards in the season opener in Syracuse’s Carrier Dome.

CB Julian Love | La Grange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy 42, Leo 12: Love scored on a four-yard run and caught five passes for 71 yards in the blowout win. Love, who added six tackles, helped the defense dominate as the Roadrunners (2-0) opened up a 42-0 lead.

LS John Shannon | Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy 49, Maine South 8: Shannon left the game early with a shoulder injury and is awaiting word on how much time he will have to miss. The Ramblers (2-0) rolled without him.

OL Tommy Kraemer | Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder 34, Lakota West 17: Kraemer cleared the way for 507 yards of offense for Elder. The Panthers (2-0) scored 27 consecutive points after trailing 10-7 in the first quarter.

OL Josh Lugg | Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 34, Seneca Valley 24: Lugg blocked for a pair of 100-yard rushers in the season-opening victory for North Allegheny. He tallied seven pancakes and did not allow a sack.

OL Dillan Gibbons | St. Petersburg (Fla.) Northside Christian 26, Calvary Christian 6: Gibbons helped set a physical tone in the Northside Christian victory. He recorded several pancake blocks in the victory for the Mustangs (2-0).

OL Liam Eichenberg | Cleveland St. Ignatius 56, Mentor 63: The defenses went missing for both teams on Friday night. Eichenberg and the St. Ignatius offense could only watch as Mentor scored the game-winning touchdown with eight seconds remaining. Eichenberg recorded nine pancakes in the loss for the Wildcats (1-1). The offensive line protected quarterback Dennis Grosel well enough to break the school record for passing yards in a game with 415.

DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji | Walled Lake (Mich.) Central 0, Northville 27. Ogundeji tracked down his first sack of the season, but Walled Lake Central (0-2) lost again. Ogundeji recorded three tackles in the game.

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Orlando Sentinel, Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Gainesville Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Enquirer, Trib Total Media, Dallas Morning News, Pioneer Press.


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Notre Dame running back commit Tony Jones Jr. scored two touchdowns in the second game of his senior season. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)