Notre Dame commit recap: Hainsey, IMG impress on national TV

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Sixteen players currently committed to Notre Dame took the football field last week as high school seasons have now started in almost every state in the country. ND Insider recaps how each Irish commit fared last week.

OL Robert Hainsey | Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 26, Grayson 7: Hainsey helped pave the way to 342 yards of offense for IMG Academy (1-0) in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. Grayson (No. 2) entered the season ranked higher than the Ascenders (No. 4) in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national poll. Both teams are loaded with FBS talent.

QB Phil Jurkovec | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 27, St. Edward 28: A missed extra point cost Pine-Richland its season opener. St. Edward was able to take the lead with 1:57 remaining after trailing 27-21. The final drive for the Rams (0-1) ended with Jurkovec throwing an interception. It was the lone blemish on a prolific day for the 2018 Irish commit, who accounted for all four Pine-Richland touchdowns. He completed 20 of his 31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed 20 times for 92 yards and one touchdown.

QB Avery Davis | Cedar Hill (Texas) High 14, Bishop Gorman 44: Davis and Cedar Hill weren’t a match for Ohio State quarterback commit Tate Martell and Bishop Gorman. Davis led the Longhorns (0-1) to the first score of the game with a 28-yard touchdown pass, but the offense couldn’t sustain momentum. Davis completed 19 of his 33 attempts for 171 yards with the one touchdown. He also threw a pair of interceptions and rushed for only three yards on seven carries.

LB Bo Bauer | Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep 77, Strong Vincent 8: Bauer notched Cathedral Prep’s second touchdown of the season by returning a fumble 17 yards for the score. Bauer tallied five tackles and four tackles for a loss. He also caught two passes for eight yards and added a seven-yard rush for the Ramblers (1-0).

DE Jonathon MacCollister | Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore 40, Edgewater 6: MacCollister caught a 14-yard touchdown pass as a tight end in a Bishop Moore blowout. He also helped lead the defense to a dominant performance against Edgewater head coach Chris Leak, the former national championship quarterback at Florida.

CB Paulson Adebo | Mansfield (Texas) High 28, Summit 10: Adebo intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards to set up a Mansfield touchdown. He also caught two passes for 30 yards and added a 16-yard run for the Tigers (1-0).

WR Jordan Pouncey | Winter Park (Fla.) High 26, Lake Nona 27: Pouncey hauled in three passes for 68 yards in a narrow defeat for the Wildcats (0-1). He also tallied four tackles and a pass breakup on defense.

S Isaiah Robertson | Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley 35, Metea Valley 7: Robertson didn’t play defense as he’s dealing with a hamstring issue, but he still caught two passes for 69 yards at wide receiver for the Wildcats (1-0).

OL Dillan Gibbons | Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic 44, Berkeley Prep 27: Gibbons helped clear the way for 423 yards of offense for the Marauders (1-0). He also recorded a tackle.

OT Josh Lugg | Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 29, Olentangy Liberty 30: Lugg helped the North Allegheny offense build up a 29-22 in the fourth quarter, but Ohio State commit Brendon White powered an Olentangy Liberty rally in the final minute. Lugg also recorded three tackles on the defensive line for the Tigers (0-1).

TE Brock Wright | Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair 20, The Woodlands 23: Wright caught three passes for 32 yards as Cy-Fair tried increase its passing attack. But the Bobcats (0-1) couldn’t overcome the four interceptions thrown by quarterback Cameron Arnold.

LB Drew White | Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 23, Booker T. Washington 27: White recorded eight tackles and two tackles for a loss, but the No. 1 ranking didn’t last long for St. Thomas Aquinas. The nation’s top team according to MaxPreps lost in its season opener against No. 19 Booker T. Washington. Aquinas appeared to go ahead with a pass from Jake Allen to Trevon Grimes in the final minute, but he was ruled down at the one-yard line. Allen threw an interception on the next play. 

OLB Ovie Oghoufo | Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison 24, East Kentwood 31: Oghoufo opened his season with a loss in Michigan Stadium. He recorded seven tackles, three tackles for a loss, two pass breakups and caught two passes for 24 yards for Harrison (0-1).

LB David Adams and DT Kurt Hinish | Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic 14, St. John's 35: Central Catholic couldn’t keep up with one of the best programs from the Washington, D.C. area. As the Central Catholic offense struggled, Maryland quarterback commit Kasim Hill moved St. John’s up and down the field. No team scored more than 28 points against Adams, Hinish and the Central Catholic defense last season. Central Catholic plugged Adams in at fullback, where he received some carries, to try to spark the offense.

DT Darnell Ewell | Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor 21, Heritage 35: Ewell and the Lake Taylor defense couldn’t prevent the big play against Heritage. Quarterback Jeremiah Boyd completed only four passes, but he threw for 180 yards and one touchdown.

Off week: WR Michael Young (preseason), RB CJ Holmes, OLB Justin Ademilola, DT Jayson Ademilola.

Sidelined: TE Cole Kmet (mono), LB Pete Werner (hips), RB Markese Stepp (hamstring).

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Dallas Morning News, Naperville Sun, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Houston Chronicle, Erie Times-News, The Virginian-Pilot, Orlando Sentinel.

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Four-star offensive lineman Robert Hainsey made his commitment to Notre Dame public at The Opening Finals. (Photo courtesy of Nike)