Notre Dame commit recap: DT Jacob Lacey plays big as team remains undefeated

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Twenty Notre Dame commits took the field last week. ND Insider recaps how each Irish pledge fared.

2019 DT Jacob Lacey | Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 38, Bowling Green 12: When Bowling Green’s quarterback bobbled a high snap, it allotted enough time for Lacey to wreak havoc. Lacey blew through the line and disrupted the handoff, leading to a South Warren fumble recovery.


South Warren’s Jacob Lacey crashes the Bowling Green backfield causing a turnover. Watch Live.

— The Sporting Times (@sportingtimes) October 20, 2018

The Spartans (9-0) remain unbeaten thanks to Lacey’s forced fumble, along with his nine tackles, three TFLs and a sack.

• 2020 QB Drew Pyne | New Canaan (Conn.) High 42, Trinity Catholic 7: Pyne was nearly flawless, accounting for five touchdowns and going 16-of-20 for 231 passing yards. His touchdown passes went to receivers J.R. Moore (16 yards), Stephen Wronski (11 yards), Quintin O’Connell (22 yards) and Wyatt Wilson (52 yards).

Pyne’s four carries went for 48 yards. He scored on a 28-yard rush. The Rams (4-2) led 42-0 at the break and sat Pyne in the second half.

• 2019 WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman | Edwardsville (Ill.) High 65, Collinsville 13: Abdur-Rahman accounted for five touchdowns in the regular season finale. In limited action, he completed 12 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns.

Abdur-Rahman’s scores through the air went to Dionte Rodgers (22 yards), Devyn Jones (40 yards) and Jack Cooper (eight yards). He also ran for touchdowns of 27 and five yards. The Tigers (6-3) have outscored opponents 183-48 during their five-game winning streak.

2019 QB Brendon Clark | Midlothian (Va.) Manchester 51, Clover Hill 21: Clark began the evening with rushing scores of one and 53 yards. He capped off another interception-less outing with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Colin Harding and a second of 38 yards to K.J. McNeil. The Lancers (8-0) entered the final quarter with a 51-0 advantage. Clark boasts a 21-0 TD-INT ratio.

2019 P Jay Bramblett | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest 31, Bryant 19: A win was needed for Hillcrest to garner a playoff berth. Bramblett delivered. He went 14-of-20 for 124 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Bramblett’s four punts averaged 50 yards, and three were downed or fair caught inside the 14-yard line. The Patriots (4-5) will wrap up the regular season by hosting James Clemens on Nov. 2.

2019 LB Jack Kiser | Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer 86, South Newton 0: A 48-point first quarter kept Kiser on the bench for most of the playoff opener. He still registered three touchdowns and went 4-of-8 for 114 yards through the air. Kiser connected with Miles VonTobel for his lone 22-yard touchdown pass. He found the end zone twice on the ground and finished with three rushes for 40 yards. Kiser also recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. The Panthers (10-0) will play against Carroll (4-6) on Friday in a Class A sectional semifinal.

2019 S Kyle Hamilton | Atlanta Marist 20, Flowery Branch 0: Beyond his 11-yard run and 25-yard catch, Hamilton’s impact came on defense. His 3.5 tackles and fifth interception of the season helped Marist pitch a shutout. Hamilton caught two passes for 44 yards and rushed thrice for 23 yards.

Up next for the War Eagles (8-1) is their biggest game of the season. They travel to Blessed Trinity Catholic, which defeated them in last year’s state championship game. Hamilton will also face 2019 linebacker J.D. Bertrand, who the Irish have been evaluating for an offer.

2020 TE Michael Mayer | Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic 50, Dixie Heights 8: Mayer rebounded from the prior week’s one-catch performance with an 89-yard touchdown reception. He hauled in the 25-yard pass on a seam route and dashed to the outside for the score. The Colonels (9-0) received excellent run-blocking from Mayer. He remained active on defense, too, and recovered a fumble.

2019 DE Howard Cross III | Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 45, Seton Hall Prep 10: Cross recorded seven tackles, one TFL, 0.5 sack and a forced fumble that led to his recovery. He leads St. Joseph Regional with 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The Green Knights (6-2) will close out the regular season at St. Peter’s Prep on Saturday.

2019 DT Hunter Spears | Sachse (Texas) High vs. North Garland: Sachse’s defense allowed just 60 yards on 32 plays. North Garland converted 2-of-16 third downs and threw interceptions on the first two drives — one of which was returned for a touchdown. Quarterback Derrick Rose shined in his second career start, throwing four touchdowns. The Mustangs (4-3) remain perfect in district play and captured sole possession of first place with the victory.

2019 S Litchfield Ajavon | Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal 12, Bullis School (Md.) 21: Ajavon’s seven tackles were not enough to fend off Bullis. The Maroon defense allowed three passing touchdowns. The Maroons (5-1) suffered their first loss partly because of their offense. Episcopal scored on its opening drive and registered six points for the remainder of the contest.

2019 CB Isaiah Rutherford | Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit 21, Sheldon 27 (OT): Rutherford’s first loss came in excruciating fashion. Still sick with a cold, Rutherford was limited to three carries for 25 yards and one tackle. The Marauders missed a field goal before overtime. A Jesuit interception allowed Sheldon to cap off the victory with a score.

2019 RB Kyren Williams | Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney 7, Cincinnati Elder 48: Williams’ 62-yard touchdown run and interception salvaged his team’s poor collective performance. He finished with 134 rushing yards on 13 carries and hauled in six catches for 46 yards. The Golden Griffiths (6-3) have three losses of at least 23 points.

2019 OL Quinn Carroll | Edina (Minn.) High 0, Eden Prairie 21: Carroll’s blocking was not enough to punctuate promising drives. The Hornets (6-2) moved inside the Eden Prairie 40-yard line on their first five drives but came out empty-handed. Eden Prairie scored on its first two possessions and then leaned on its defense in the Wednesday contest.

2020 TE Kevin Bauman | Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic 14, Rumson-Fair Haven 13: Bauman was limited to one catch for one yard in Red Bank Catholic’s closest game this season. The Caseys (7-0) blocked what would have been the game-tying extra point with 2:50 remaining. After missing a 42-yard field goal as time expired, Rumson-Fair Haven’s first loss of the year was sealed.

2019 OL John Olmstead | Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph 20, Summit 46: The Falcons (5-2) amassed 355 total yards but blew an early 20-8 lead. Senior running back Jordan Davis was limited on the ground, rushing for a season-low 36 yards on 15 carries. Olmstead salvaged the night with his pancake below.

Good night

— John Olmstead (@JOHNNYO_72) October 22, 2018

2019 WR Cam Hart | Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 2, DeMatha Catholic 32: The Falcons (5-3) only score came via safety in the second quarter. They coughed it up on five occasions — three by interception and two via fumble.

2019 OL Zeke Correll | Cincinnati (OH) Anderson 22, Walnut Hills 25: Walnut Hills pulled off the upset thanks to 22 first quarter points. Caleb Streat’s 45-yard pick-six capped off the quarter. The Redskins (7-3) fell to a two-win team that lost in five of the six prior contests.

2019 LB Osita Ekwonu | Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 14, Christ School 21: The Chargers (5-4) fell for the first time since Sept, 7, ending their five-game winning streak. Ekwonu held his own, rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He also caught three passes for 67 yards and recorded nine tackles. 

2019 OL Andrew Kristofic | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 21, Seneca Valley 7: Only throwing three completions on the night, the Rams (8-1) relied on their running game. Kristofic’s push helped Pine-Richland to 356 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries. Junior Luke Meckler paced the Rams with 209 yards and a score on 27 attempts. Sophomore quarterback Cole Spencer added 23 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

Bye week: 2019 DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah, 2019 CB K.J. Wallace.

*Stats were provided by players, parents, coaches, MaxPreps and the following news organizations: Star Tribune, Rowlett Lakeshore Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Edwardsville Intelligencer, Washington Post, North Jersey and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Notre Dame defensive tackle commit Jacob Lacey, a 2019 recruit, recorded nine tackles in his team's ninth win of the season.