Notre Dame commit recap: WR Chase Claypool dominates in debut

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Chase Claypool reunited with the end zone frequently in his return to the football field for a season-opening win.

The 6-foot-5, 214-pound Notre Dame commit scored four touchdowns in a 45-27 victory for Abbotsford Secondary in British Columbia, Canada. Claypool, who plays wide receiver primarily, made plays all over the field against Lord Tweedsmuir.

Claypool caught three touchdown passes including an 80-yard reception. He also scored on an 81-yard kick return. He finished the game with nine catches for 277 yards and five rushes for 85 yards. He added 10 tackles on defense.

“There was a period late in the second quarter where our guys were in awe of what we were seeing Claypool do,” Tweedsmuir head coach Kurt Thornton told The Province. “Every time the ball touched his hands, Abby had a chance to score.”

Claypool wasn’t the only Irish commit to find the end zone last week. Here’s a rundown of the other 16 Notre Dame pledges who had games over the weekend.

QB Ian Book | El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge 56, Burbank 28: Book stayed hot with five more touchdowns in a blowout win. He completed 14 of his 18 passes for 182 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, Book rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for Oak Ridge (3-0). He also threw an interception.

DB Jalen Elliott | Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird 67, Midlothian 0: The L.C. Bird defense didn’t surrender a point, and Elliott didn’t allow a completion against him in coverage. Elliott also had a big day at quarterback for the Skyhawks (3-0). He finished 7-of-9 passing for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He added six carries for 85 yards.

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CB Julian Love | La Grange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy 56, St. Patrick 28: Love accounted for roughly 200 all-purpose yards and scored a rushing touchdown. Love added 10 tackles on defense for Nazareth (3-0).

LB Jamir Jones | Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute 33, Delaware Valley Charter (Pa.) 8: Jones caught four passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns in a victory. He added four tackles and one sack on defense for Aquinas (2-0).

OL Parker Boudreaux | Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore Catholic 33, The First Academy 6: Boudreaux flattened defenders for eight pancakes blocks in a victory. Sophomore running back Trilion Coles ran for 172 yards on 14 carries behind the offensive line for Bishop Moore (3-0).

OL Dillan Gibbons | St. Petersburg (Fla.) Northside Christian 20, Victory Christian 12: Gibbons opened holes on the offensive line with six pancake blocks as Northside Christian (3-0) defeated the defending Class 2A state champions.

RB Tony Jones Jr. and S Spencer Perry | Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 49, Cocoa 7: Jones found the end zone on a 28-yard catch with injured Irish running back Tarean Folston in attendance to watch his alma mater play against some of his future teammates. Jones finished with three carries for 19 yards and two receptions for 57 yards in a blowout for IMG (3-0). Perry played sparingly as the defense locked down Cocoa.

OL Tommy Kraemer | Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder 35, Scott County (Ky.) 17: Kraemer helped clear the way for 400 yards of offense for Elder (3-0).

TE Brock Wright | Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair 14, Cypress Creek 7: Wright spent most of his time blocking in a Cy-Fair victory. He caught one pass for 15 yards and only ran three pass routes in the game for the Bobcats (1-1).

DE Julian Okwara | Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 37, Hough 41: Okwara was active on defense, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the Hough offense. Okwara totaled 13 tackles and one sack in the loss for Ardrey Kell (2-2).

OL Josh Lugg | Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 14, Pine-Richland 28: Lugg helped pave the way for 377 yards of offense, but four turnovers hampered North Allegheny (1-1) in a loss. Lugg totaled 10 pancake blocks.

WR Kevin Stepherson | Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast 0, Miami Central 41: Stepherson and the First Coast offense were held scoreless by the powerhouse Miami Central program. He finished with five catches for 59 yards in the loss for the Buccaneers (0-2).

DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji | Walled Lake (Mich.) Central 14, Walled Lake Northern 28: Ogundeji and the Central defense couldn’t slow down the Northern rushing attack, which accumulated 397 yards without completing a single pass. Central dropped to 0-3 to start the season.

OL Liam Eichenberg | Cleveland St. Ignatius 41, Valley Forge 0. Eichenberg was sidelined with mononucleosis as St. Ignatius (2-1) won. He expects to miss three weeks because of his illness.

LS John Shannon | Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy 28, Brother Rice 0: Shannon remained out with a  shoulder injury as Loyola (3-0) won again

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Wide receiver Chase Claypool, a four-star recruit, committed to Notre Dame at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore. (Photo courtesy for Student Sports)