Notre Dame commit recap: Kendall Abdur-Rahman rushes for two touchdowns

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

New Notre Dame commit Kendall Abdur-Rahman rushed for two touchdowns on Friday before announcing his pledge to the Irish on Sunday. ND Insider recaps how Abdur-Rahman and 19 other Irish commits fared over the weekend. 

2019 ATH Kendall Abdur-Rahman | Edwardsville (Ill.) High 21, East St. Louis 34: Abdur-Rahman, a high school quarterback, will likely play slot receiver in college. He flashed his athleticism on Friday, rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a losing effort.

The Tigers (1-2) faced a tenacious defense in bad weather. Abdur-Rahman struggled through the air, going 4-for-13 for 57 yards with an interception.

2019 S Kyle Hamilton | Atlanta Marist 24, Westminster 7: In Marist's opener, Hamilton’s interception was the highlight. Last week, it was his pair of special teams touchdowns. This time, the War Eagles (3-0) saw their do-it-all athlete dominate at receiver.

Hamilton owned 114 of quarterback Connor Cigelske's 151 passing yards. His best grab came on a 45-yard jump ball in double coverage. Hamilton hauled in five passes — four of which were for gains of 45, 24, 19 and 17.

2019 P Jay Bramblett | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest 36, Hueytown 39: Bramblett’s best quarterback performance of the season wasn’t enough for the Patriots (1-2). The 6-2, 175-pounder threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns on 24-for-33 passing. 

On the ground, Bramblett rushed four times for 49 yards. He also registered a 20-yard rushing touchdown after keeping a read option to the right. Bramblett continued to impress at punter as well, booting it five times for an average of 46 yards. Two of his punts traveled 53 and 59 yards. Hueytown finished with zero return yards.

2019 RB Kyren Williams | Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney 42, Helias 7: The Golden Griffiths (2-1) were limited in the first half, rushing for just 34 yards on 16 attempts. Helias couldn’t contain Williams for long, though. 

Williams flashed his versatility, contributing beyond running the football. He recorded two interceptions as a defensive back. Williams’ first pick set up his 29-yard touchdown catch two plays later. After Helias fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Williams capitalized with a 15-yard touchdown grab. The teams were scoreless before the sequence closed the half.

On Vianney’s first play of the second half, Williams rushed for a 64-yard score out of the wildcat formation.  He caught seven passes for 57 yards and ran on nine occasions for 95 yards. Williams’ three touchdowns elevate his season total to nine across three games.

2019 LB Jack Kiser | Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer 78, Caston 0: Death, taxes and Pioneer blowouts. The Panthers (4-0) led 64-0 at halftime and own a 264-19 combined advantage over their opponents this season. 

Kiser threw for 104 yards with an 80 percent completion rate. His 24-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw put the Panthers up 14-0 early in the first quarter. Kiser tallied 50 rushing yards on three carries.

As a safety, Kiser scored his fifth defensive touchdown on the season with a 40-yard pick-six. His 13 touchdowns and five interceptions lead all Notre Dame recruits.

2019 QB Brendon Clark | Midlothian (Va.) Manchester 49, Cosby 6: Clark again saw limited action because of a blowout. Two of his three completions went for touchdowns — the first a 25-yard pass to Alston Robinson and the other a 16-yard pass to K.J. McNeil. The Lancers (2-0) ran the opening kickoff for a touchdown and led 49-0 at halftime. Clark finished 3-of-4 for 51 yards and rushed for a 4-yard touchdown.

2019 DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah | Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic 55, Burkburnett 0: Osafo-Mensah delivered again for the Vikings (2-0). In one half of play, he collected five tackles, two sacks and three quarterback pressures. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram named him the Defensive Player of the Game in a win over Houston Kinkaid last week. Nolan Catholic has not allowed first-half points this season.

2019 DE Howard Cross III | Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 14, Imhotep Charter (Pa.) 8: Thanks to Cross, the Green Knights (1-1) pitched a shutout in the final three quarters. Cross recorded eight tackles, four TFLs and 1.5 sacks. His effort helped limit Imhotep Charter to 76 rushing yards and 167 total. 

2020 TE Michael Mayer | Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic 42, Kings (Ohio) 9: Mayer’s five receptions for 86 yards paced the Colonels (4-0) to 449 total yards. He also set the tone on defense by recovering a fumble on the game’s first play. Of Covington Catholic’s 19 straight victories, 16 have resulted in a running clock.

2019 OL John Olmstead | Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph 28, Colonia 12: Olmstead held his own in a head-to-head clash with defensive tackle Antonio Alfano, a four-star Alabama commit. With starter Tyree Ford suffering an injury in the opener, the Falcons (1-1) trotted out Mike Cardinali at quarterback. Behind Olmstead, Cardinali completed 5-of-13 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Running back Jordan Davis rushed for 154 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.

2019 CB K.J. Wallace | Atlanta Lovett 21, Mary Persons 58: Wallace’s 4.5 tackles weren’t enough to halt Mary Persons’ attack. The Lions (1-3) allowed 58 points, the second-most ever in school history. As a receiver, Wallace recorded eight receptions for 60 yards. He found the end zone on an 11-yard tunnel screen. Wallace also returned a kickoff 43 yards.

2019 OL Quinn Carroll | Edina (Minn.) High 17, Rosemount 14: In a peculiar plot twist, Carroll found himself facing the Irish. Even more strange, Rosemount wears helmets that look similar to the ones donned by the Michigan Wolverines. The Hornets (2-0) knocked through a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to squeak out the victory. They gained 167 rushing yards but only 211 total in the defensive battle.

2020 TE Kevin Bauman | Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic 42, Ocean Township 9: Bauman’s production dipped in the blowout. The 6-5, 225-pounder caught just one pass for 19 yards. The Caseys (2-0) only aired it out eight times and ran it on 27 occasions for 205 yards.

2019 DT Hunter Spears | Sachse (Texas) High 14, Trinity 20: Coming off a heartbreaking loss at Coppell, Sachse nearly knocked off another Texas heavyweight. The Mustangs (0-2) yielded fewer than 200 yards, and Spears recorded seven tackles and three TFLs. Two costly interceptions from senior Anthony Beltran, however, proved to be the difference.

2019 DT Jacob Lacey | Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 59, Central Hardin 0: The Spartans (4-0) continuing to win big might be a negative for Lacey. The defensive tackle was sidelined for another second half in this blowout. He sat out two weeks ago as a precautionary measure and continues to play in limited action. South Warren scored on its first five possessions. A safety made it a 38-0 halftime score. 

2019 OL Zeke Correll | Cincinnati (OH) Anderson 35, Harrison 3: The biggest obstacle of the night for the Redskins (3-0) was a 75-minute weather delay. Anderson scored 35 unanswered points under quarterback David Thompson, who threw for 285 yards and four touchdowns on an efficient 13-of-16 clip. Correll’s blocking helped the Redskins amass 398 total yards.

2020 QB Drew Pyne | New Canaan (Conn.) High 0, St. Joseph 28: St. Joseph upset Connecticut’s top-ranked team for a consecutive year, but this time in dominating fashion. Two of Pyne’s three turnovers were interceptions. He went 18-of-29 for 167 yards. The Rams (0-1) finished with a loss of one yard across 23 carries.

2019 WR Cam Hart | Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 58, Mount Saint Joseph 6: Another game, another weather fiasco. The Falcons (2-0) endured a cancellation the week before with 2:57 left in the fourth quarter. Hart and Co. finished this one, but in a Sunday game postponed by lightning. The weather caused Good Counsel to only throw five passes. Mount St. Joseph’s only points came on the final play of the game.

2019 OL Andrew Kristofic | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 42, Moon Area 14: Kristofic saw limited action as the Rams (2-1) entered halftime leading 42-7. Pine-Richland registered a pick-six on the second play of the game and rolled from there. Kristofic’s protection helped quarterback Cole Spencer throw for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 8-for-14 passing. Spencer rushed for 42 yards, and running back Caden Schweiger turned nine carries into 65 yards.

2019 LB Osita Ekwonu | Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 14, North Stanly 29: Despite Ekwonu’s efforts, the Chargers (0-3) remain winless on the season. Providence Day next hosts the Hickory Hawks (1-2), who captured their first win last week.

*Stats reported were provided by players, parents, coaches, Digital Scout, MaxPreps and the following news organizations: Jefferson City News Tribune, RMU Sentry Media, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, TriState Football, Bowling Green Daily News, Courier News and GameTime CT.

Kendall Abdur-Rahman shown in a high school game on Friday, Sept. 7, committed to Notre Dame's 2019 class on Sunday, Sept. 10.