Notre Dame commit recap: Derrik Allen makes winning plays

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

As of last week, all of the recruits currently committed to Notre Dame have started their respective football seasons. ND Insider recaps how 17 Irish pledges fared in the past few days.

• S Derrik Allen | Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter 38, Kell 35: Allen secured a Lassiter victory in the final minute with an interception to end Kell’s comeback attempt. Allen also scored on a 16-yard touchdown reception for the Trojans (3-0).

• QB Phil Jurkovec | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 53, Mt. Lebanon 29: Jurkovec accounted for six more touchdowns in his second game of the season. Jurkovec completed 22 of his 31 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns. He added six carries for 58 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams (2-0).

• ROV Shayne Simon, DT Jayson Ademilola and DE Justin Ademilola | Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 48, Union City 0: Simon had the biggest day of the three Notre Dame commits making their senior debuts. On defense, Simon returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown and recorded three tackles and one tackle for a loss. He also caught three passes for 80 yards.

Jayson Ademilola tallied seven tackles and two tackles for a loss, and Justin Ademilola added two tackles as the Marauders limited Union City to only 59 yards in the shutout.

• WR Kevin Austin | Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep 31, Benjamin School 28: Austin caught five passes for 123 yards and one touchdown in a winning effort. He also rushed four times for nine yards and returned a kickoff 40 yards for the Eagles (2-0).

• RB Jahmir Smith | Sanford (N.C.) Lee County 39, Wakefield 0: Smith scored two more touchdowns again in a blowout victory. With scores from 36 yards and 9 yards, Smith has notched six touchdowns this season for Lee County (3-0).

• LB Ovie Oghoufo | Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison 30, Troy 3: Oghoufo added running quarterback to his résumé last week. He carried the ball three times for 20 yards. At tight end, Oghoufo caught two passes for 33 yards and one touchdown. He also recorded five tackles, two tackles for a loss and two pass breakups for Harrison (1-1).

• TE George Takacs | Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast 46, Hialeah 6: Takacs totaled three receptions for 53 yards in a lopsided Gulf Coast win. The Sharks (2-0) rushed for 137 with the help of Takacs and the offensive live.

• DT Ja’mion Franklin | Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline 44, Wicomico 0: Franklin chipped in with four tackles in his season debut as the North Caroline defense recorded a shutout.

• OL John Dirksen | Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local 41, Patrick Henry 0: Dirksen helped pave the way for a balanced offensive attack in the Marion Local win. The Flyers (2-0) scored three times on the ground and three times through the air.

• WR Micah Jones | Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township 7, New Trier 3: Warren Township (1-1) didn’t have a lot of success throwing the football in a low-scoring win, but more than a third of the team’s 15 completions went to Jones. He caught six passes for 47 yards.

• OL Cole Mabry | Brentwood (Tenn.) High 38, Dickson County 0: The first game on Brentwood’s new articial turf resulted in a runaway victory. Mabry and the offensive line paved the way for 209 rushing yards as the Bruins (3-0) remained undefeated.

• LB Bo Bauer | Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep 38, Erie 0: Bauer and the Cathedral Prep defense continued their dominance with a shutout performance. The Ramblers (2-0) only allowed 87 yards of offense.

• DT Jacob Lacey | Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 36, Franklin-Simpson 7: Lacey put together five tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack in another strong performance for South Warren’s defense. The Spartans (3-0) didn’t allow a score until the final minutes of the game.

• QB Cade McNamara | Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 27, Edison 26: McNamara struggled on a hot night in Fresno, Calif., but the Damonte Ranch defense held strong to deny a late two-point conversion attempt by Edison. McNamara completed only 12 of his 32 passes (37.5 percent) for two touchdowns with two interceptions for the Mustangs (2-0).

• RB Markese Stepp | Indianapolis Cathedral 20, Pickerington Central 25: Stepp found the end zone again for Cathedral, but the Fighting Irish are still searching for their first win. Stepp’s four-yard touchdown with 2:17 left in the game cut the lead to five, but the comeback effort didn’t gain much more steam. Stepp rushed 13 times for 82 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a 12-yard pass for Cathedral (0-3).

Injured: LB Jack Lamb (knee).

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, NJ Advance Media, Naples Herald, WSCM Radio, Lake County News-Sun, Williamson Herald, Marietta Daily Journal, Erie Times-News


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Notre Dame safety commit Derrik Allen intercepted a pass to clinch a victory for his team last week. (Tribune Photo/TYLER JAMES)