Commitment Roundup

Dan Fox was worried that a head injury three weeks ago, would keep him out of the rest of the state tournament, and prevent him from helping his team win a state championship.

As St. Ignatius kept on winning in the Ohio state tournament, Dan Fox's headaches started to clear up, and he was even able to play seven snaps in his team's semifinal victory.

Nothing was going to keep Fox, a Notre Dame verbal commit, out of this past Saturday night's state championship game.

Good thing too, because Fox had an interception on the one-yard line, and also blocked an extra point, in St. Ignatius' 28-20 victory over Elder, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

"I can't truly explain it," the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Fox said on Sunday morning. He plays safety in high school, but will move to linebacker in South Bend. "It hasn't really hit me right now.

"(Two weeks ago), I was still feeling out of it. I was still having pretty bad headaches, but when the time came, I knew there was nothing that was going to keep me off the field."

The win over Elder capped off the 10th state title in St. Ignatius history, and first in seven years.

"Everyone was going nuts, thinking about all the hard work, and that we finally won, and it was over," Fox explained. "It was bittersweet because you love all the guys on your team, so you don't want it to end, but for it to end like this, it's alright."

St. Ignatius (14-1) jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead, and held on from there.

"I expected our offense to score, I just didn't expect them to score that fast," Fox said. "I was glad how the defense held up too, 21-0, you're doing something right, right there."

Fox will take his official visit to Notre Dame this coming weekend for the football team's banquet.

Here is a look at how the rest of Notre Dame's verbal commits played over the weekend.

***E.J. Banks: Season is complete.

***Alex Bullard: Brentwood Academy fell 38-18 to Memphis University School, in Division II-AA state title game. Bullard and his teammates turned the ball over five times, and fell behind 31-0.

Brentwood Academy finished the season 8-5, and Bullard will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend for the banquet.

***Carlo Calabrese: The future Irish linebacker and his Verona (10-1) teammates got the weekend off before next Saturday's date in the state championship with Hoboken at Giants Stadium.

***Tyler Eifert: Eifert and his Bishop Dwenger teammates dropped a heartbreaking 10-7 contest against Indianapolis Cathedral in the Indiana, Class 4-A, state championship game.

"Both teams made plays," Eifert told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. "It was a hard-fought game. It could have gone either way."

Dwenger took a 7-3 lead into intermission, but could only muster 179 yards of total offense. They finished the season 14-1.

***Shaquelle Evans: Season is complete.

***Jake Golic: Golic and his Northwest Catholic (8-2) teammates won its eighth game in a row, a 26-7 victory over Plainville on Thanksgiving.

***Zach Martin: Season is complete.

***Zeke Motta: Vero Beach High (9-3) saw its season come to a close with a 28-13 loss to Royal Palm Beach in Florida's Region 2-6A semifinal game at the Citrus Bowl.

***Nyshier Oliver: Season is complete.

***Marlon Pollard: The future Irish cornerback had two interceptions, including a pick-six, in Cajon's 34-14 second round victory over Ayala. Pollard had a 46-yard interception return for a score, as Cajon improved to 11-1 on the season.

***Theo Riddick: Like Calabrese, Riddick and his Immaculata teammates had the week off before this coming Friday's state title game against St. Joseph. The game will be played at Rutgers, for New Jersey's Non-Public Group 3 championship.

***Tyler Stockton: Season is complete.

***Nicholas Tausch: Season is complete.

***Ben Turk: Turk punted once for 47 yards in St. Thomas Aquinas' (12-0) 49-8 rout of Dillard, in the second round of the Florida state playoffs.

***Chris Watt: Season is complete. Will use his official visit to Notre Dame this weekend for the banquet.

***Cierre Wood: Season is complete.


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