ND Commitments Have Their Ups And Downs

Notre Dame has 19 commitments for the 2008 recruiting class. While the Irish are trying to get to their feet and salvage the 2007 season, those 19 prospects have their attention squarely on their team and teammates. IrishEyes takes a look at how a number of the commitments faired over the weekend.

Two of Notre Dame's top commitments clashed last Friday night as Darius Fleming and his No.1 rated St. Rita Mustangs (3-1) met Steve Filer and the Mt. Carmel Caravan (4-0). St. Rita is the defending 7A state champion and Mt. Carmel is the defending 8A state champion. Fleming was dominating in the first half when he was matched up with one or two blockers. In the second half, Mt. Carmel decided to send multiple blockers at Fleming in order to neutralize his play. Darius finished with six tackles and a sack.

Filer also struggled to assert himself as he was also battling multiple blockers nearly every down. Then Filer did something that he hadn't done since the eighth grade. Filer recognized a pass play. He read the quarterback and then broke toward a spot he anticipated the ball being delivered… and it was. Filer plucked the ball out of the air; he looked up only to see white lines and green grass. 58 yards later Filer delivered St. Rita a crushing blow that they never recovered from. Mt. Carmel went on to post a 35-19 victory.

These two teams will probably bump into each other one more time during the state playoffs. This year both teams are slotted as 8A programs.

Elizabeth High School (1-1) dropped a tough game to Hudson Catholic 14-7. Hafis Williams played on both sides of the ball throughout the contest. At defensive tackle Williams recorded 12 tackles and 4 sacks. On the season Hafis has 20 tackles and four sacks. When asked about his effort Williams said, ‘I don't care about my individual numbers. The team comes first and the win is the most important thing."

David Posluszny and his teammates rolled to their third win in as many games, by beating Ambridge Area High School 32-6. Posluszny had another big night for Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.). On offense he carried the ball nine times for 60 yards. On the defensive side of the ball David had eight tackles and a sack.

Kyle Rudolph had a productive day with two touchdown catches, but unfortunately that wasn't enough as Elder High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) fell to LaSalle 28-19. On the season, Elder stands at (3-1). Elder had been ranked as high as No. 15 nationally.

John Goodman returned the opening kick-off 93 yards for a touchdown, and Bishop Dwenger (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) never looked back as they dismantled Elmhurst 52-14. Although Goodman primarily plays quarterback, he did get a couple looks at wide receiver. He made a 60-yard pass reception that set up a touchdown. John had approximately 300 total yards with two touchdowns. Dwenger is the No.1 rated 4A team in the state.

Jamoris Slaughter got plenty of rest as Tucker High School (Ga.) easily handled Lakeside (Atlanta, Ga.) by a final score of 62-0.

Dan McCarthy and Cardinal Mooney High School (Youngstown, Ohio) throttled Warren Harding 49-0, to move their record to (4-0).

Omar Hunter helped Buford High School (Ga.) move to (2-1) by scorching Avondale 63-6.

Braxston Cave and the Penn Kingsmen (5-0) jumped all over St. Joseph's 28-13. The win was Penn's 140th straight conference win. The streak began back in 1985.

Sean Cwynar and Marian Central Catholic (Woodstock, Ill.) tossed their second consecutive shutout, as Marian picked up a road win against Marmion Academy (Aurora, Ill.). Marian Central Catholic is now (3-0).

Joseph Fauria caught an 8-yard touchdown pass, but Crespi (2-1) wasn't able to hold off Centennial of Corona High School.

Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald are off to a (2-0) start as Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) knocked off Lynwood 35-13. Crist scored on a 23-yard run. He threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

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