Notre Dame commit recap: Claypool, Love combine for 10 TDs

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Eleven Notre Dame commitments took the field last week. Eight were victorious in playoff performances. ND Insider recaps the action of each Irish pledge.

WR Chase Claypool | Abbotsford (B.C.) Secondary 50, John Barsby 36: Claypool scored six touchdowns — four receiving and two rushing — to lead Abbotsford to victory. He reached 300 yards of offense and added an interception on defense. Abbotsford will play against Langley in the Class AA Subway Bowl semifinals.

CB Julian Love | La Grange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy 34, St. Laurence 0: Love ran wild on a snowy Saturday for Nazareth. He finished with 283 yards and four touchdowns on only 11 carries. Love added seven tackles on defense. Nazareth (11-2) will meet Lincoln-Way West (11-2) Saturday in the IHSA Class 5A state final.

QB Ian Book | El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge 30, Cosumnes Oaks 7: Book threw a pair of touchdowns in another playoff win. He completed 12 of his 19 passes for 120 yards with one interception. Book also rushed 11 times for 83 yards. The Trojans (10-2) will take on Elk Grove (12-0) Friday in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals.

LB Jamir Jones | Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute 17, Liverpool 16: Jones made an impact on both sides of the ball as Aquinas held onto a victory with a blocked extra point. Jones caught seven passes for 121 yards and one touchdown on offense. He recorded 15 tackles and two tackles for a loss on defense. Aquinas (12-0) will take on Saratoga Springs (11-0) Sunday in the NYSPHSAA Class AA state final.

OL Parker Boudreaux | Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore Catholic 49, Merritt Island 28: Boudreaux helped pave the way for more than 400 yards for the Bishop Moore offense. Three Hornets rushed for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Bishop Moore (11-1) will face Hallandale (10-2) Friday in the FHSAA Class 5A regional final.

S D.J. Morgan | Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 52, Loyola 14: Morgan and St. John Bosco continue to dominate opponents. While the offense was rolling, the Braves allowed just two touchdowns in the third quarter. St. John Bosco (12-0) will match-up with Bishop Amat (10-2) Friday in the CIF Southern Section Pac 5 Division semifinals.

LS John Shannon | Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola 24, Palatine 22: Loyola survived, but a couple of errant punt snaps from Shannon put the Ramblers in tough spots. Palatine scored a touchdown and a safety on the botched snaps. Loyola (13-0) will meet Marist (9-4) Saturday in the IHSA Class 8A state final.

CB Donte Vaughn | Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven 53, Wilson Central 16: Vaughn and the Whitehaven defense kept Wilson Central’s offense in check in a runaway victory. The Tigers (12-1) advance to play Ravenwood (12-1) Friday in the TSSAA Class 6A semifinals.

DB Jalen Elliott | Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird 12, Hermitage 21: A perfect season came to a screeching halt for Elliott. Hermitage opened up a 21-6 halftime lead against an L.C. Bird defense that hadn’t allowed more than seven points in a game all season. At quarterback, Elliott completed 9 of his 14 passes for 97 yards. His senior season with the Skyhawks (11-1) ended in the second round of VHSL Group 5A playoffs.

OL Tommy Kraemer | Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder 11, Colerain 41: Kraemer and the Elder offense could only muster one touchdown against Colerain in a lopsided loss. The Panthers (9-4) finished Kraemer’s senior season in the OHSAA Division I Region 2 semifinals.

DE Julian Okwara | Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 7, Hough 34: Okwara totaled three tackles for a loss and one sack, but the Ardrey Kell defense couldn’t slow down the Hough rushing attack. Okwara’s senior season with the Knights (7-6) ended with the loss in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 4A playoffs.

Bye week: RB Tony Jones Jr.

Season finished: DE Robert Beal, OL Josh Lugg, TE Brock Wright, OL Dillan Gibbons, RB Deon McIntosh, WR Kevin Stepherson, TE Cole Kmet, DE Khalid Kareem, OL Liam Eichenberg

Season-ending injuries: DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji (knee), S Spencer Perry (shoulder)

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Cincinnati Enquirer, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Florida Today, Chicago Tribune, The Province


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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)