There are several Notre Dame commits that will be coming to the griddle for playoff action during Thanksgiving week. Below is a look at who these players are and a look at their matchup.
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OL Sullivan Absher
Belmont (NC) southern tip (12-1) vs. Gibsonville (NC) Eastern Guilford (9-4) in the Quarterfinals of the North Carolina Class 3A State Playoffs on November 25th.
Remarks: Absher’s side have been a dominant local force this fall, scoring 74 points in their second-round playoff game. Look for more of the same for Absher, who has seen his rankings improve with his play this year.
LB Jaiden Ausberry
Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab (8-3) vs. New Orleans Newman (8-2) in the Quarterfinals of the Louisiana Division II State Playoffs on November 25th.
Remarks: Ausberry also excelled that fall as he totaled 105 tackles in 11 games. His team is looking to defend their state title and is battling the No. 1 overall in the 2023 class – the quarterback Arch Manning. The showdown between Ausberry and Manning will be electrifying.
LB Drayk Bowen
Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean (10-3) vs. Evansville (Ind.) Mater Dei (11-3) in the Indiana Class 2A State Playoff championship game on Nov. 25.
Remarks: Andrean vs. Mater Dei is a reboot of last year’s Indiana 2A title game, a duel in which Bowen led Andrean to victory. It will be a tall order to do it again on Friday but I think Andrean will win.
S Peyton Bowen
Denton (Texas) Guyer (12-0) vs. Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson (11-1) in the third round of the Texas 6A Division II State Playoffs on November 26th.
Remarks: Guyer is the No. 12 team nationally, and for good reason, according to MaxPreps. Byron Nelson is a very good team but Bowen’s squad should roll.
WR Rico Flores Jr.
Folsom (California) High (11-1) vs. El Dorado Hills (California) Oak Ridge (10-2) in the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section Division I State Playoff championship game on November 25.
Remarks: Flores’ senior season was dominant; He has posted 72 receptions for 1,081 yards and 8 touchdowns. Folsom blew up Oak Ridge earlier this season.
WR Jaden Greathouse
Austin (Texas) Westlake (12-0) vs. San Benito (Texas) High (11-1) in the third round of the Texas 6A Division I State Playoffs on November 25th.
Remarks: Greathouse’s team lost once during his four-year high school career. Loss #2 won’t happen on Friday night.
RB Jayden Limar
Lake Stevens (Washington) High (10-2) vs. Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin (10-2) in the semifinals of the Washington Class 4A State Playoffs on Nov. 26.
Remarks: Limar has broken all sorts of school records, most recently a career record for fast touchdowns at 60.
RB Jeremiyah love
Christian Brethren St. Louis (12-1) vs. Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North (12-1) in the Missouri Class 6 State Playoff championship game on Nov. 26.
Remarks: The Christian Brothers’ only loss this season came against a team from a larger classification. Their results have been mostly blowouts this season. Your state title game attracts a tough opponent. Love rushed for 1,080 yards and totaled 22 touchdowns.
CB Karson Hobbs
Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (13-1) vs. Springfield (Ohio) High (12-1) in the Ohio Division I State Finals on November 25th.
Remarks: Hobbs and his team were outstanding this fall, breaking into MaxPreps’ national top 25 this week at number 24.