Irish commits come up big

Jamir Jones, Tony Jones Jr. and Josh Lugg all turned in strong weekends. The trio of commitments, plus target Chacho Ulloa, are featured following big wins.

Irish impress Jamir Jones

It was a pretty good Saturday for Jamir Jones.

He saw his future team dominate Georgia Tech then went out and helped Aquinas Institute beat St. Joseph’s Collegiate School, 27-7.

Jones recorded eight tackles, including six solo and two for a loss, two sacks and broke up three passes in the game. He also had a touchdown reception erased due to penalty.

“We did a lot of blitzes they couldn’t pick up,” said Jones, who moved between linebacker and defensive end.

The Aquinas Institute defensive performance was mild compared to what Jones saw the Irish do to Georgia Tech.

“The defense was dominant,” he said. “Coach (Brian) VanGorder is a genius and everyone took care of their responsibilities on the option. It was a great performance.”

Lugg leading his line

Josh Lugg and his North Allegheny teammates sure know how to rebound from a loss.

After a disappointing 28-14 setback at Pine-Richland last week, the Tigers roared back with a 24-17 upset win over Pittsburgh Central Catholic on Friday.

“That was phenomenal,” Lugg said. “That’s the happiest I’ve been since I committed to Notre Dame.”

Lugg said he and his teammates took the loss to Pine-Richland as a wakeup call.

“We couldn’t let that happen again,” he said. “We had a phenomenal week of practice and it showed on Friday night.”

Central Catholic led 14-17 at halftime.

“We had some mistakes in the first half but we knew we could play with them,” Lugg said. “We rallied around each other and picked each other up. We almost beat them last year and this time we just came together.”

Behind Lugg, who recorded five pancake blocks, the Tigers ran for 266 yards in the second half and scored the decisive touchdown with just 37 seconds left in the game.

“Our O-line was phenomenal. Our running backs were phenomenal. Everybody did their jobs,” Lugg said. “Our line is all seniors besides me so our leadership on the line is phenomenal. We told coach to trust us and he ran behind us. We only passed a couple of times in the second half. Our running backs found their holes and they were off.”

Lugg plans to visit Notre Dame in October when the Irish host USC.

Ulloa down to two

Statistically speaking, Notre Dame target Chacho Ulloa is having a down year.

Yet Centennial is having one of its best seasons thanks in part to the three-star safety. The program ranks No. 1 in California and third overall in the nation.

The Huskies improved to 4-0 after Friday’s 52-0 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

“I had two tackles, that’s it,” Ulloa said. “I'm telling you, they're not testing the secondary at all and our linebackers are racking up all the tackles. We have a great group both at DB and linebacker.”

Centennial has rolled over all four opponents this season.

“We’re a team that is doing well both on offense, defense and even special teams,” Ulloa said. “It's a great feeling, especially senior year.”

Ulloa’s teammate Javon McKinley, another Notre Dame target, caught one touchdown pass in the win before the starters departed in the second quarter.

Ulloa had narrowed his college choices to Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt and hoped to make official visits to each of the three this fall but now it appears Vanderbilt is out of the running.

“I don't think I'm going to be able to make it out there on a visit so I think it's gonna be ND and Stanford,” Ulloa said.

Notre Dame’s 3-0 start has been impressive.

“I'm very excited about the way the defense has been playing,” Ulloa said. “I was shocked by how well they shut down Georgia Tech but I also see they need depth.”

Ulloa and McKinley are scheduled to visit Notre Dame on Oct. 17. Ulloa’s visit to Stanford will take place on Nov. 21 or after the season. McKinley visited Washington last weekend.

Tony Jones, IMG travel well

In a battle of high school heavyweights, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy (4-0) traveled to Oradell, N.J. to take on Bergen Catholic (3-1) on Saturday.

Tony Jones Jr. had more than 100 yards rushing and one touchdown in IMG’s 59-47 win.

“It felt great to beat them at their home,” Jones Jr. said. “It was great to shut up their crowd, too.”

LSU quarterback commitment Shea Patterson was 14-of-20 for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Tennessee quarterback commitment Jarrett Guarantano completed 30-of-38 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns for Bergen Catholic.


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