Notre Dame commit recap: Isaiah Rutherford, Kyren Williams have career days in playoff wins

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

The season ended for four more Notre Dame commits last week. ND Insider recaps how 19 verbal pledges fared over the weekend.

2019 CB Isaiah Rutherford | Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit 42, Granite Bay 0: Rutherford’s impact was felt in Jesuit’s quarterfinal playoff victory. He ran 14 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns. The scores were of 40, 47 and 52 yards. Rutherford also added a tackle and 35-yard punt return.

Granite Bay downed Jesuit — which was then without Rutherford — 27-12 on Aug. 31. The Marauders (9-3) have won all but one game since. Jesuit advances to the CIF San-Joaquin Section semifinal and will face Del Oro (10-1) on Friday.

2019 RB Kyren Williams | Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney 55, Chaminade 14: Williams had a career day, amassing 248 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. His rushing scores were for 45, 67, 32 and 72 yards in snowy conditions.

Kyren Williams brings in his 2nd TD of the night in the 3rd quarter here at Don Heeb Field. Griffins lead Chaminade 42 - 14

— GriffinsTV (@GriffinsTV_Live) November 10, 2018

Kyren Williams with his 3rd touchdown of the night for the Griffins, now leading the Red Devils 49 - 14.

— GriffinsTV (@GriffinsTV_Live) November 10, 2018

Entering last week, Williams’ season-high in rushing was 162 yards. Williams also hauled in a pass for six yards and collected six tackles. The Golden Griffiths (9-3) will square off against unbeaten Jackson (11-0) on Saturday for a trip to the MSHSAA Class 5 semifinals.

Kyren Williams scores his 4th TD of the night! The Griffins lead Chaminade 55 - 14.

— GriffinsTV (@GriffinsTV_Live) November 10, 2018

Williams now rates as a four-star on 247Sports updated rankings.

2019 S Kyle Hamilton | Atlanta Marist 61, Heritage 20: Only playing in the first half, Hamilton shined with touchdown receptions of 37 and 26 yards. The first came after he broke a couple tackles and juked a defender before finding the end zone. Hamilton hauled in four passes for 68 yards and turned two carries into 27 yards. He also recorded two tackles.

The War Eagles advance to the second round of the GHSA-AAAA playoffs for a Friday rematch against St. Pius X Catholic, which defeated Marist 17-0 on Sept. 14.

2019 OL Zeke Correll | Cincinnati Anderson 38, Troy 35: The Redskins (9-3) rallied in yet another improbable upset victory. Correll helped Anderson outscore three-seed Troy 21-7 in the second half. Set to face one-seed Winton Woods in the OHSAA Division II regional finals on Friday, the Redskins are two wins away from a state championship appearance. Anderson pulled off a dramatic 42-35 win last week over two-seeded Kings, which it lost to 35-14 on Sept. 14.

Blessed to see my 18th year of living today, a victory vs Troy in the second round of the playoffs, and an Irish victory tonight! ☘️

— Zeke Correll (@zekecorrell) November 10, 2018

2019 LB Jack Kiser | Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer 66, Triton 0: Kiser found the end zone six times. He threw seven-yard and 12-yard touchdowns and ran in scores of nine, five and five yards. Kiser also stripped the ball and returned it 58 yards for the game’s final score. He finished 8-of-9 for 68 yards and ran 16 times for 105 yards.

Highlights of Kiser's performance in Pioneer's 66-0 quarterfinal win over Triton can be found here.

— Carter Karels (@CarterKarels) November 13, 2018

ND Insider provided detailed coverage Kiser’s win, which can be found here. The Panthers (13-0) will clash with Adam Central (13-0) in the IHSAA Class 1A semifinals on Friday.

2019 DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah | Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic 63, Trinity Christian 14: Osafo-Mensah wrapped up the regular season in monster fashion, amassing four sacks in limited action. He finished with seven tackles and forced a fumble, which he recovered. By winning the TAPPS Division I District 1 title, the Vikings (9-1) earned a first round bye in the playoffs.

2019 QB Brendon Clark | Midlothian (Va.) Manchester 49, James River 0: The Lancers (11-0) cruised to an opening round playoff victory with Clark’s five touchdowns. He finished 7-of-14 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Clark added 77 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has a 29-0 TD-INT ratio on the year and will face Dale (9-2) on Friday for a trip to the VHSL Group 6A quarterfinals.

2020 QB Drew Pyne | New Canaan (Conn.) High 41, Fairfield Ludlowe 7: Pyne went 11-of-20 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. His three-yard touchdown pass to Quintin O’Connell opened New Canaan’s night. Pyne later connected with Zach LaPolice for a 17-yard score. The Rams (7-2) are off this week before their regular season finale.

2020 TE Michael Mayer | Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic 43, Montgomery County 15: Mayer made the most of his three catches, going for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His two scores were of 55 and 10 yards. Mayer also collected six tackles.

The Colonels (12-0) will take on Highlands (10-2) Friday in the KHSAA Class 5A quarterfinals — two games away from a potential date with Jacob Lacey’s South Warren.

2020 TE Kevin Bauman | Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic 27, Pope John XXIII 0: Bauman’s 41-yard touchdown sealed the win for the Caseys. Red Bank Catholic (9-0) challenges Mater Dei (10-1) in Friday’s NJSIAA Group 3 state title game.

2019 DT Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 55, Grayson County 21: Lacey cooled off but remained productive with five tackles and two TFLs. In the four games prior, Lacey registered 28 tackles, 17 TFLs, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. The Spartans advance to the KHSAA Class 5A quarterfinals, meeting Owensboro (10-2) on Friday.

2019 CB K.J. Wallace | Atlanta Lovett 40, Morgan County 7: An ankle twist suffered in the week before continued to limit Wallace. He still finished with five carries for 30 yards and a touchdown, though. The Lions (6-5) will look to upset unbeaten Calhoun (11-0) in Friday’s GHSA-AAA second round action.

2019 S Litchfield Ajavon | Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal 25, Woodberry Forest 21: Ajavon came up big in the fourth quarter. He first intercepted a pass with about two minutes remaining. On Woodberry Forest’s next and final possession, Ajavon’s tackle forced a turnover on downs. He finished with five tackles and a pass breakup. The Maroons (6-3) season is over.

2019 DE Howard Cross III | Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 16, St. Augustine Prep 8: The Green Knight defense dominated thanks to Cross’ strong performance. He tallied eight tackles, two TFLs, one sack, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery. The Green Knights (8-2) will clash with St. Peter’s Prep (7-3) Saturday in the NJSIAA Group 4 semifinals.

2019 P Jay Bramblett | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest 10, Lanier 3: An ankle sprain suffered in the third quarter only sidelined Bramblett for a series, as he toughed it out in the opening playoff round victory. He went 17-of-22 passing for 89 yards and ran for 60 yards. Bramblett’s five punts averaged 45 yards, with four of the five being downed inside the 20-yard line and three eclipsing 50 yards.

The Patriots (6-5) will be vying for a spot in the AHSAA Class 6A quarterfinals against Wetumpka (9-2) on Friday.

2019 OL Andrew Kristofic | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 46, Mt. Lebanon 16: Kristofic began the night with a fumble recovery, then blocked as Luke Meckler capitalized with a 14-yard touchdown run. The running back finished with six carries for 125 yards. The Rams (9-2) advance to the WPIAL 6A finals — where they will take on Seneca Valley (9-3) Friday in Heinz Field. Pine-Richland defeated them 21-7 on Oct. 19.


2019 WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman | Edwardsville (Ill.) High 14, Lincoln-Way East 50: Turnovers on each of its three first possessions dug Edwardsville into a 20-0 hole. Abdur-Rahman registered a 23-yard rushing score and 13-yard touchdown pass.

Two-seed Lincoln-Way East — which entered the game with three straight shutouts — limited Abdur-Rahman to 19 carries for 48 yards and 7-of-10 passing for 53 yards. The Tigers (8-4) IHSA Class 8A quarterfinal exit brought Abdur-Rahman’s season rushing touchdown total to 19.

2019 OL John Olmstead | Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph 14, St. Peter’s Prep 35: Olmstead’s season came to an end in the NJSIAA Group 4 quarterfinals. St. Peter’s Prep outscored St. Joseph 21-7 in the second half and will next face Cross’ St. Joseph Regional. The Falcons (9-3) scored on Robert Kelly’s 16-yard catch and a nine-yard run.

2019 WR Cam Hart | Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 14, DeMatha 30: Hart’s high school career concluded in the WCAC semifinals. The Falcons (6-4) endured inclement weather all season and ran the ball often, preventing Hart from producing solid numbers.

Injured: 2019 DT Hunter Spears. The four-star recruit learned last Tuesday that he would miss the rest of the season due to an undisclosed injury, the Dallas Morning News reported. The Sachse Mustangs (7-3) dropped Rowlett 48-0 en route to a 6A Region II District 10 title. Spears and his coach did not respond for comment.

Season ended: OL Quinn Carroll, LB Osita Ekwonu.

*Stats were provided by players, parents, coaches, MaxPreps and the following news organizations: New Canaan Advertiser, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bowling Green Daily News, Edwardsville Intelligencer,, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Asbury Park Press.

Jesuit cornerback Isaiah Rutherford, a 2019 recruit, committed to Notre Dame on Oct. 13, 2018.