Commitment Roundup

This fall, Dan Fox finds himself normally chasing the play, than teams running right at him.

"It's a little frustrating," the Cleveland St. Ignatius strong safety, and future Notre Dame linebacker said. "I get a little mad sometimes, but as long as we're winning I don't care what we do.

"It's tough to get tackles in the defense I'm on. We have some good players, but yeah, it's tough because me and this other kid on my side, Scott McVey, they know in the scouting report, it's tough to run to our side."

It's been tough to do anything against St. Ignatius lately.

On Saturday, the Wildcats cruised to a 49-14 win, their fourth in a row after a season-opening loss to Glenville.

"I only played like a quarter and a half," Dan Fox said. He had five tackles, and helped St. Ignatius hold St. Francis to just 24 first-half yards. "They ran away from me a lot. I had a couple nice plays, some screen plays I kind of stuffed them right when they caught it.

"We lost our first game, it was a tough one to Glenville. They're a good team. There are some things we've changed up since then, and I think we're on the right track now. We have a tough schedule coming ahead of us, and I'm excited about it."

St. Ignatius has upcoming dates with traditional state powers Massillon, Warren Harding, St. Xavier and St. Edwards.

"The first game we lost, and that was kind of tough, and that was a wakeup call for everyone, and now we're playing good football again," Fox explained.

In the back of the 6-foot-3 ½, 215-pound Fox's mind, he knows if St. Ignatius goes deep into the state playoffs, he'll likely have another crack at Glenville.

As far as visiting Notre Dame, Fox won't be able to make it to any games this fall, because his games are also on Saturday. He plans on coming in on an official visit for the banquet.

Another Notre Dame recruit that lost a tough season-opener was Tyler Stockton. He and his Hun School teammates lost 10-0 to Wyoming Seminary Prep. It was The Hun's first loss in 12 games, dating back to two seasons ago.

"Everyone was upset," the 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle said. "A couple people made some mistakes they shouldn't of made, but we forgot about it and moved on, and that's why we had a good game this week."

Stockton and his teammates took out their frustrations on Mercersburg, 38-13 on Saturday.

From his defensive end spot, Stockton had seven tackles, two sacks, and three more tackles for loss. Also playing right guard, he helped The Hun roll up 350 rushing yards.

"I pulled five times, and every time I pulled, we scored a touchdown," Stockton said.

"I get no breaks, so when I come to college I'm only playing one way, and that will be great. I'm on special teams, and I'm long snapping too."

Stockton laughed when he heard that it only took a couple days for rumors to surface about teammate Anthony LaLota reconsidering his verbal commitment to Michigan. None of that was true.

"After Notre Dame won (against Michigan), he was the first person I called," Stockton laughed.

This fall, Stockton has noticed more people at his games, taking pictures of him.

"It's a little different."

It will be more of the same this coming weekend, as The Hun prepares for Penn Charter.

Stockton is going to try and make it back to Notre Dame for the Pittsburgh and or Syracuse games, and hopefully use his official visit for the team banquet.

Here is how the rest of the Irish verbal commits played over the weekend.

E.J. Banks: Banks and his Montour High (3-1) teammates defeated Moon, 24-14, to start the conference season.

Alex Bullard: The 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman returned to action after missing a game last week with a pinched nerve, to help Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy defeat Baylor, 42-21.

Brentwood Academy had 267 yards rushing, and 477 yards of total offense in improving to 4-1 overall, and 2-0 in the D-II standings.

Carlo Calabrese: The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Calabrese had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown, caught a two-point conversion, and helped the defense pitch a shutout in Verona's (2-0), 45-0 victory over Morristown-Beard.

Calabrese, who will play middle linebacker at Notre Dame, had 10 solos and two sacks in Verona's second-straight shutout to start the season.

Tyler Eifert: The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Eifert had two catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns, in Bishop Dwenger's 49-0 victory over Elmhurst. Eifert also had a 14-yard scoring run, as the Saints improved to 5-0.

Jake Golic: The future Irish tight end and his Northwest Catholic teammates lost its second-straight game to start the season, falling to St. Paul, 27-26.

In the loss, Golic caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Zach Martin: Martin and No. 2 (3-A) Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (4-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season last week, to beat previously undefeated Highland, 22-7.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Martin helped pave the way for running back Ari Pappas to run for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

Marlon Pollard: Pollard had a 63-yard scoring reception on the game's third play, in Cajon's 54-21 victory over Sultana. Cajon improved to 2-1 with the win.

Theo Riddick: An ankle injury kept Riddick out of Immaculata's (2-0), 34-13 win over Warren Hills.

Nicholas Tausch: Dallas Jesuit (1-3) lost its third-straight game, falling to Hebron, 39-19.

Ben Turk: St. Thomas Aquinas (2-0) did not play for a second-straight week.

Chris Watt: Thanks in part to Watt and the rest of the offensive line, Glenbard West rolled up 311 yards rushing in Glenbard West's 30-7 victory over Proviso West. The Hilltoppers improved to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the West Suburban Silver league.

Cierre Wood: The five-star running back rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns in Santa Clara's (3-0), 35-7 rout of Channel Islands.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Wood did not play in the first quarter in punishment for a missed practice last week. One of Wood's scoring runs went for 78 yards.


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