Notre Dame commit recap: Love, Jones explode on offense

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Julian Love and Jamir Jones have developed into two-way threats as high school football players. Both Notre Dame commits had big games on offense despite projecting as defensive players for the Irish.

ND Insider takes a look at how each Notre Dame pledge performed last week.

CB Julian Love | La Grange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy 49, Marian Catholic 7: Love needed just one half of football to score five touchdowns. He finished with 120 yards and three touchdowns receiving and 83 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Love sat out the second half as Nazareth (4-1) rolled.

LB Jamir Jones | Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute 48, St. Francis 7: Jones stayed busy on both sides of the ball as Aquinas (4-0) stayed undefeated. He caught five passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Jones totaled 11 tackles and one pass deflection.

QB Ian Book | El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge 35, Woodcreek 28 (2OT): Book threw the game-winning touchdown pass after an impressive scramble to keep the play alive. He finished the game 16-of-28 passing for 193 yards and the one touchdown. Book also rushed for a 47-yard touchdown in the Oak Ridge (4-1) victory.

DB Jalen Elliott | Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird 36, Clover Hill 0:    Elliott helped the L.C. Bird defense to its fourth shutout of the season with an interception, three pass breakups and three tackles. At quarterback, Elliott completed four of his six passes for 61 yards and one touchdown for the Skyhawks (5-0).

OL Tommy Kraemer | Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder 56, Centerville 39: Kraemer and the Elder offensive line paved the way for 390 rushing yards. He reported “double digit” pancakes in the win for the Panthers (4-1).

S D.J. Morgan | Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 56, St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) 14: Morgan recorded six tackles and one tackle for a loss in a blowout victory a day before announcing his commitment to Notre Dame. The MaxPreps computer rankings peg St. John Bosco (5-0) as the No. 12 team in the country.

OL Josh Lugg | Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 31, Upper St. Clair 6: Lugg helped clear the way for a North Allegheny offense that racked up 392 yards in the victory. The Tigers (3-1) scored on their first four possessions.

WR Kevin Stepherson | Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast 13, Ribault 20 (OT): Stepherson was the lone highlight in a struggling First Coast offense. He caught an 11-yard touchdown and his run of seven yards was the longest of the game for the Buccaneers (1-3). He also returned a punt 50 yards.

TE Brock Wright | Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair 38, Cypress Lakes 0: The Cy-Fair offense only needed to complete three passes in a blowout victory for the Bobcats (3-1). Wright caught one pass for 16 yards

OL Dillan Gibbons | St. Petersburg (Fla.) Northside Christian 65, Bradenton Christian 15: Gibbons and the Northside Christian offensive line fronted an offense that scored on its first five drives of the game. The Mustangs (5-0) led 45-0 at halftime.

WR Chase Claypool | Abbotsford (B.C.) Secondary 23, Holy Cross 34: Claypool was ejected from the game for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties early in the first quarter. Claypool said the first penalty should have been called on one of his teammates. The second penalty came after Claypool moved the football back after the opposing running back tried to move it forward following a play. Without Claypool, the Panthers (2-1) lost for the first time.

DE Julian Okwara | Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 47, West Mecklenburg 20: Okwara recorded one tackle and a forced fumble in the victory for Ardrey Kell (3-2).

LS John Shannon | Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy 35, St. Ignatius 7: Shannon remained sideline with a shoulder injury as Loyola moved to 5-0.

DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji | Walled Lake (Mich.) Central 30, Lakeland 17: Walled Lake Central (1-4) won its first game without Ogundeji, who will miss the remainder of the season with a partially torn MCL in his right knee.

OL Liam Eichenberg | Cleveland St. Ignatius 30, Walsh Jesuit 27: St. Ignatius (3-2) won a thriller, but Eichenberg sat out again as he continued to recover from mononucleosis. He hopes to return to action this week.

Off weeks: OL Parker Boudreaux, RB Tony Jones Jr., S Spencer Perry.

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps Florida Times-Union, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Houston Chronicle

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Three-star cornerback commit Julian Love scored four touchdowns in his final regular season game as a senior. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune/John J. Kim)