Commitment Roundup

If it wasn't for special teams, Tyler Eifert wouldn't know where the sideline is.

The Notre Dame verbal commit plays receiver, tight end and safety for Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger, and hardly ever takes a play off.

Finally, this past Friday, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Eifert was able to sit a whole quarter. The 2nd-ranked (4-A) Saints held Northrop to minus-15 yards in a 41-0 rout. Eifert had a 38-yard interception return for a score, and also added a touchdown reception and a two-point conversion in the win.

"I didn't play the fourth quarter," Eifert said. "That was nice I guess."

Bishop Dwenger is off to a 4-0 start, as they eye a state championship that alluded them last year. Last fall, with current Notre Dame freshman receiver John Goodman at quarterback, the Saints finished the year 13-1 before losing in the semi-state round of the playoffs.

"I don't know if our momentum is better," Eifert said. "We've done about the same as we did last year. Not a lot of difference. We're definitely happy where we're at."

Eifert was happy to be in the stands for Notre Dame's 35-17 rain-soaked win over rival Michigan last Saturday. He has made the 90-minute drive to South Bend for both Irish games this season.

"I thought it was a good time," Eifert said. "Notre Dame just kept making plays and kept the crowd going. It was fun."

Eifert got a chance to meet and hang out with several of Notre Dame's other verbal commits in the 2009 class, but the highlight of the trip was talking with former Irish head coach Lou Holtz, who was in town for the 20-year reunion of the 1988 National Championship team.

"He was a cool guy," Eifert said. "I don't even know him, but it almost seems like he cares about you. I really wanted to meet him and he just started talking to me and telling me I made a great decision, and we talked about Notre Dame a little bit."

*Alex Bullard: The 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman missed Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy's 21-10 victory over Smyrna with a pinched nerve in his neck. The Eagles improved to 3-1 with the win, and Bullard is likely to return next week.

*E.J. Banks: The 6-foot, 180-pound Banks ran for 113 yards on just six carries, including a 34-yard touchdown scamper in Montour's 35-13 win over Ellwood City.

The McKees Rocks, Pa., product didn't start the game because he was late to practice during the week, but the future Irish cornerback also completed a touchdown pass and ran in a two-point conversion. Montour is now 2-1.

*Carlo Calabrese: The future Irish linebacker had a 10-yard touchdown catch from his tight end spot, in Verona (N.J.) High's season-opening 42-0 rout of Kimberley Academy.

*Dan Fox: The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Fox, and his Cleveland St. Ignatius (3-1) teammates defeated Mentor, 28-14, for its third-straight win of the season.

*Jake Golic: The 6-foot-5, 223-pound tight end and his Northwest Catholic teammates lost its season opener to Xavier, 29-9.

*Zach Martin: The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Martin and Bishop Chatard (3-1), lost a heartbreaker, 15-14, to Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral.

Chatard came into the game ranked No. 1 (3-A), and Cathedral was No. 4 (4-A). The Trojans opted to go for a game-winning two-point conversion with less than two minutes to go, but failed on the attempt.

*Marlon Pollard: A long punt return by the 6-foot, 180-pound Pollard set up Cajon's only score in a 20-7 loss to Richard Brehaut and Los Osos, out in San Bernardino, Calif.

Brehaut, a UCLA commit, carved up Pollard and the Cajon (1-1) secondary to the tune of 223 yards and two touchdowns.

*Nicholas Taush: The future Irish kicker had a 23-yard field goal and two extra points in Dallas (Texas) Jesuit's 55-23 loss to South Garland. Taush's team is now 1-2.

*Ben Turk: St. Thomas Aquinas (2-0) had a bye this week.

*Chris Watt: Glenbard West (2-0) saw its game get cancelled because of heavy rain in the Chicago area.

*Cierre Wood: The five-star running back from Oxnard, Calif., returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, and also added two rushing scores in Santa Clara's 28-0 victory over Hueneme.

Wood had scoring runs of seven yards and 78 yards, as the Saints improved to 2-0. Hueneme was the only team to beat Santa Clara last season.


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