Commits wowed by opening night

Parker Boudreaux, Jalen Elliott and Julian Love all attended Notre Dame’s rout of Texas on Saturday. They lead the Commit Recap, which also highlights a few targets like Javon McKinley.

Parker Boudreaux took his official visit to Notre Dame last weekend and didn’t hesitate when asked for the highlight.

“It was awesome,” Boudreaux said. “It was such a good time. They killed Texas. The game atmosphere was my favorite part. Seeing the coaches and players out there and just being a part of it all. The offensive line dominated. Malik (Zaire) and the running backs had so many holes the entire night. I know that (Harry) Hiestand was proud of them.”

Boudreaux committed to Notre Dame in June and projects at guard. So does freshman Trevor Ruhland, who hosted the three-star prospect.

“I hung out a lot with Ronnie Stanley and Trevor,” Boudreaux said. “I hung out with Quenton Nelson the first time I visited and I got to hang out with him again. He did a super job in his first start.”

Boudreaux spent ample time with Notre Dame defensive back targets D.J. Morgan and Donte Vaughn, who were both on campus for official visits.

“I was recruiting D.J. and Donte so hard,” Boudreaux said. “There’s a good chance we get both of them. They loved every second of it.”

Boudreaux arrived Saturday and stayed until Monday. He was accompanied by his parents and two younger sisters.

“They loved it, too,” Boudreaux said. “I know my parents liked meeting with academic people and we went to the book store and the entire family bought a bunch of stuff.”

On Friday, Boudreaux helped the lead Bishop Moore to a 200-yard night on the ground. The Orlando program is now 2-0 after the 24-7 win over Lyman with First Academy up next.

Elliott pick six sparks Bird

Last fall, Jalen Elliott threw a 43-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired to lift L.C. Bird to a win over rival Dale.

Elliott did it again on Friday. But this time he returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown, one of three defensive scores for the Skyhawks in a 35-7 win.

“I just kind of sat on the route,” Elliott said. “He threw it up and I jumped up and caught it and I just took off.”

The pick-six helped ease the pain Elliott felt after throwing a pair of interceptions and fumbling in the game. He did break up another pass and recorded several tackles.

“The offense always takes a little longer than defense so we just have to keep getting better every week,” he said.

Bird improved to 2-0 on the season. Elliott raced to South Bend after the game for another unofficial visit.

Love scores in blowout win

Julian Love is used to being utilized for his speed.

But sometime running the ball requires power. When Nazareth Academy got inside the five-yard line Saturday, Love knew what his offense needed.

“We were on like the 4-yard line after a run by Ivory Kelly-Martin,” Love said. “It was just a regular I, pistol formation. It was a straight up lead. Two backers were coming down but I just lowered my shoulder and had to get across any way I can. That’s what happened. Great blocking and great execution by us.”

Love added five catches for 71 yards and about six tackles at defensive back as Nazareth (2-0) rolled to a 42-12 win over Leo. Nazareth hosts St. Patrick (2-0) this week.

Veterans like Love eventually made way against Leo for younger players to get experience.

“We got to spread the love this game,” Love said. “We could get some guys in that need experience. It was one of those. It’ll help us get ready for next week I guess.”

After wrapping up the win Saturday afternoon, Love made his way to Notre Dame for the Texas game. He joined several other commitments and targets in watching the Irish roll to a 38-3 win.

Love has been adamant Notre Dame is a playoff contender. Nothing about the season opener changed that opinion.

“It really showcased our defense,” Love said. “There were maybe a few breakdowns but not many. Obviously, the coaches will get on that to eliminate those mistakes. They’ll get it done. The defense looks great.”

Irish recruiting targets shine in big win

Corona Centennial edged Gardena Serra, 68-64, last season. Friday night’s game was expected to be just as close and exciting.

Notre Dame recruiting targets Javon McKinley and Chacho Ulloa felt differently.

McKinley returned the opening kickoff 84 yards to set up the first of four one-yard touchdown runs for Centennial, which cruised to a 52-13 win. McKinley added a 78-yard touchdown reception and Ulloa picked off one of four passes for the Huskies, who led 35-0 at halftime.


COMMITMENTS

Ian Book 
Book went 18-of-23 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed eight times for 50 yards and one touchdown. El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge (2-0) defeated Vacaville 43-14. 
Parker Boudreaux
Boudreaux and Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore (2-0) defeated Lyman 24-7. Boudreaux arrived at Notre Dame on Saturday morning for his official visit. 
Chase Claypool  
Abbotsford (B.C.) gets the season started Sept. 11 with game against Lord Tweedsmuir. 
Liam Eichenberg 
Mentor scored the decisive touchdown with just eight seconds left in the game to hand Eichenberg and St. Ignatius (1-1) a 63-56 loss. The two teams combined for over 1,400 yards of offense.
Jalen Elliott 
L.C. Bird improved to 2-0 with a 35-7 win over Dale High. Elliott returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown. Bird's defense scored three times and held Dale to 70 yards total offense. 
Dillan Gibbons ‘17
Tampa (Fla.) Northside Christian (2-0) registered a 26-6 win over Calvary Christian. 
Jamir Jones 
Jones caught two passes and recovered a fumble in a season opening 33-20 win for Aquinas Institute. Christian Brothers scored all 20 of its points in the fourth quarter after Aquinas benched its starters.
Tony Jones Jr.
IMG Academy (2-1) traveled to Texas to face DeSoto and came out with a 47-29 win. Jones Jr. had two touchdown runs. 
Tommy Kraemer 
Kraemer helped Cincinnati Elder (2-0) roll to a 34-17 win over Lakota West by paving the way for 355 rushing yards on 53 total carries. Kraemer attended the Texas game.
Julian Love 
Love scored a rushing touchdown and made five catches for 71 yards on offense as LaGrange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy improved to 2-0 with a 42-12 win over Leo. 
Josh Lugg '17 
North Allegheny (1-0) overcame an early 14-0 deficit and the loss of their starting quarterback in the third quarter to pull out their first win of the year. The Tigers scored three fourth quarter touchdowns in 34-24 win over Seneca Valley.
Ade Ogundeji 
Ogundeji picked up a sack but Walled Lake (Mich.) Central took a 27-0 loss to Northville and is now 0-2 on the season. 
Julian Okwara 
Okwara had eight tackles and one sack in Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell’s blowout 68-14 win over Marvin Ridge. In three games, Okwara has 27 tackles and four sacks. 
John Shannon 
Shannon didn't need to play the whole game as Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy took a 49-8 win over Maine South. Loyola is now 2-0 this season. 
Spencer Perry
Perry had five tackles in IMG’s 47-29 win over DeSoto.
Kevin Stepherson 
Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast (0-2) suffered 31-26 loss to Gainesville. Stepherson had five catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. 

TARGETS
Damian Alloway
Alloway had 10 catches for 90 yards in Fontana (Calif.) Summit’s 48-35 season-opening win over Etiwanda.
Daelin Hayes
Hayes racked up eight tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in helping Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline to a 45-6 win over Okemos. Skyline is now 2-0. 
Mique Juarez
North Torrance (Calif.) won 40-14 vs. Peninsula.  The USC linebacker
commitment accounted for six total touchdowns, three on passes and three on the ground. He finished with 378 total yards and also ran in a two-point conversion in the first quarter. North Torrance is 1-1 on the season. 
Cole Kmet '17 
Kmet reeled in five catches for about 97 yards and two touchdowns in leading Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator (1-1) to a 21-7 win over Deerfield.
Justin Madubuike 
In McKinney (Texas) North’s 51-10 win at Little Elm, Madubuike had three sacks and returned a fumbled snap five yards for the score. McKinney North starts 2-0. 
Corey Malone-Hatcher '17
Malone-Hatcher made a tackle and blocked a punt before going down with an ankle injury in the first quarter of an eventual 52-6 win for St. Joseph (Mich.) High. He had to miss the Notre Dame-Texas game because of the injury. 
Javon McKinley  
Corona Centennial (2-0) blew out Serra McKinley 52-13. McKinley returned the opening kickoff 83 yards to the one-yard line and had a 79-yard touchdown catch. 


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