Notre Dame commit recap: Shayne Simon gets offensive with three TDs

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Fourteen Notre Dame commits took the field last week for another slate of high school football games. ND Insider recaps how each Irish pledge fared.

• ROV Shayne Simon, DT Jayson Ademilola and DE Justin Ademilola | Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 43, Seton Hall Prep 20: Simon is known for his defensive prowess, but he proved to be the big-play threat for the St. Peter’s Prep offense. Simon caught eight passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the victory for the Marauders (2-1). Simon scored on receptions of 25, 45 and 80 yards. Simon and both Ademilola twins each recorded a sack on defense.

• QB Phil Jurkovec | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 54, Bethel Park 20: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly watched the first half of Jurkovec’s game in person Friday night. Kelly left at halftime, but he saw plenty of action. Jurkovec led Pine-Richland (5-0) to 54 points in the first half.

Jurkovec completed 19 of his 23 passes for 353 yards (82.6 percent) and two touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 23 yards and three touchdowns. He did so against a Bethel Park team that had only allowed 29 points combined in its first three games.

• QB Cade McNamara | Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 61, McQueen 27: McNamara threw five touchdown passes in the fifth consecutive win to start the season for Damonte Ranch. He completed 16 of his 31 pass attempts (51.6 percent) for 328 yards with one interception. McNamara also rushed for 39 yards and one touchdown on nine carries.

• DT Ja’mion Franklin | Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline 55, Queen Annes County 7: Franklin bulled his way into the backfield for three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble as North Caroline (4-0) cruised to victory.

• LB Bo Bauer | Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep 69, General McLane 7: Bo Bauer and the Cathedral Prep defense continued a stretch of stingy play. The Ramblers (5-0) have allowed seven points or less in four of their five games.

• OL Cole Mabry | Brentwood (Tenn.) High 49, Nolensville 7: Cole Mabry and the Brentwood offense didn’t need more than the first half to dominate. The Bruins (5-1) rolled to a 42-7 halftime lead behind quarterback Carson Shacklett completing all 13 of his passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns.

• RB Markese Stepp | Indianapolis Cathedral 48, Jeffersonville 7: Stepp played in the Cathedral victory, but he was only used in a limited role as he deals with an undisclosed injury. Stepp scored on a three-yard touchdown run for the Fighting Irish (2-4).

• OL John Dirksen | Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local 28, Versailles 18: Dirksen and the Marion Local offense built a 21-6 halftime lead to help keep the Flyers (5-0) undefeated.

• WR Micah Jones | Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township 35, Lake Zurich 41, 2OT: Jones caught eight passes for 143 yards and one touchdown in a high-scoring loss. A 13-yard touchdown reception by Jones on fourth down extended the game in the first overtime. The Blue Devils (3-2) were later denied on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line in the second overtime.

First time seeing @mej2018 in action. I'll keep it simple: the kid is the real deal

TD catch on 4th & goal in the 2nd OT to tie it at 35 ⬇️

— Chad Maxwell (@ChadDMaxwell) September 23, 2017

• LB Ovie Oghoufo | Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison 31, Groves 32, 3OT: Oghoufo and the Harrison defense needed to make one final stop in triple overtime, but they couldn’t do it. Groves running back Chaise Ford outran Oghoufo to the end-zone pylon on a game-winning, two-point conversion. On defense, Oghoufo recorded 10 tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack. He also caught three passes for 68 yards and rushed for 14 yards on one carry.

• S Derrik Allen | Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter 20, South Forsyth 37: Allen provided a spark for Lassiter’s offense with a 56-yard touchdown reception, but the Lassiter defense couldn’t slow down the South Forsyth rushing attack. Two South Forsyth running backs combined for 251 rushing yards to beat the Trojans (4-1). Allen made several tackles on defense and also returned a kickoff for 49 yards.

• WR Kevin Austin | Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep 3, King’s Academy 49: Austin was held in check as North Broward Prep’s offense turned the ball over five times in a loss. Austin caught one pass for 10 yards. The Eagles (2-1) only completed five passes as a team. Austin also returned four kickoffs for a total of 79 yards.

Game cancelled: TE George Takacs.

Bye week: RB Jahmir Smith.

Sidelined: DT Jacob Lacey (rest), LB Jack Lamb (knee).

*Stats reported were provided by players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Sun Sentinel, The Daily Advocate, Daily Herald, Williamson Herald, Marietta Daily Journal, Oakland Press,


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Shayne Simon runs drills during Irish Invasion Saturday, June 10, 2017, inside Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN