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Notre Dame Commitment Files: Braden Lenzy JR Film Review

Notre Dame added it’s 11th commitment for the class of 2018 on Wednesday in the form of 4-star wide receiver/cornerback Braden Lenzy.  The Oregon native was recruited on both sides of the ball by various programs, but Notre Dame targeted the speedster as a wide receiver and it’s easy to see why when breaking down his junior year film. Here are some observations from watching Lenzy’s junior year highlights. His straight line speed is elite.  Sideline to sideline he can be a bit hesitant at times, but once he has a crease and has a lane, he’s gone.  His straight ...

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Early Returns on Mike Elko’s Recruiting Are VERY Promising for Notre Dame

Mike Elko - Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator

There were many on the field reasons that the dismissal of Brian Vangorder in September was long overdo, but his lack of effort on the recruiting trail was just as – if not bigger – a reason that VanGorder simply had to go.  Under his “leadership” Notre Dame’s defensive recruiting tanked after experiencing an upswing under Brian Kelly and then defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.  It’s been less than two months with Mike Elko on staff as VanGorder’s successor but the early returns suggest that Notre Dame will not have similar issues on his watch. Notre Dame’s defense under VanGorder rarely came ...

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Notre Dame’s Ridiculous Run Continues: Braden Lenzy Commit #11!

If you thought the ridiculous run of commitments for the Notre Dame class of 2018 was about to slow down, you thought wrong.  Less than a week after picking up commitment #10, Notre Dame picked up it’s 11th commitment of the year in the form a consensus 4-star athlete Braden Lenzy. Lenzy, a native of Oregon, visited Notre Dame two weeks ago in what has become a legendary Junior Day.  That weekend has now netted Notre Dame commitments from Lenzy, Derrik Allen (S), Kalon Gervin (CB), Michah Jones (WR), and Cole Manbry (OT). As all recruits do today, Lenzy announced ...

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Looking Back & Forward with ND Insider

Last week we had a great Q&A on Notre Dame recruiting and the state of the Irish program with Blue & Gold’s Bryan Dryskell.  This week we had a chance to have a similar Q&A with ND Insider Recruiting guru Tyler James.  Tyler was kind enough to answer a host of questions on the class of 2017 that Notre Dame wrapped up just two weeks ago and on the suddenly exploding class of 2018 that the Notre Dame coaching staff has been locking up. Tyler gave us his thoughts on some hidden gems in last year’s class and insight into ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Head Into “Bye” On a High

Last week was another successful one for the Irish men’s basketball squad, with two road victories at Boston College and North Carolina State that boosted the team’s ACC mark to 10-5 on the year and bumped them up to fourth place within the tightly-contested conference. That was good enough to boost Notre Dame up four spots to 21st in the weekly AP poll, yet they were unable to make up any ground on conference frontrunner North Carolina. The Tar Heels still remain 1.5 games ahead with just three conference matchups left in the regular season. Notre Dame Basketball Week in ...

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Notre Dame a Finalist for Clemson DT transfer Scott Pagano

Scott Pagano - Clemson DT Transfer

Over the weekend defensive tackle Scott Pagano announced that he would be transferring from Clemson for his final year of eligibility.  At the time it was reported that Notre Dame reached out, but in our report we noted that it could be more wishful thinking than anything else.  Well, it looks like it might be more than wishful thinking.  On Monday, 247Sports reported that Notre Dame was one of seven finalists for Pagano. According to the report;  Oklahoma, Cal, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Arkansas are among the the finalists for Pagano along with Notre Dame. When Dabo Swinney accounced Pagano’s ...

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Notre Dame Interested Clemson DT Transfer Scott Pagano?

The Notre Dame coaching staff has been busy the last few weeks closing down the 2017 recruiting class and securing commitment after commitment for the class off 2018.  They have also been busy on the graduate transfer route.  Last weekend Notre Dame secured Michigan grad transfer wide receiver Freddy Canteen.  This weekend there are reports that Notre Dame is interested in Clemson DT graduate transfer Scott Pagano – one of the most sought after “free agents” on the market. Scott Pagano just announced on Friday that he will be seeking a graduate transfer for the 2017 season, but according to ...

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Micah Jones Commits, Keeps Up Notre Dame Recruiting Momentum

We’re just past the midway point of February and Notre Dame just picked up their 4th verbal commitment for the class of 2018… this week.  Micah Jones jumped on board the Notre Dame recruiting train Friday afternoon joining 4-star CB Kalon Gervin, 4-star S Derrik Allen, and 3-star OT Cole Mabry in pickups for Notre Dame this week. Micah Jones is a massive target to add to the Notre Dame wide receiving corps.  The 6’5″ Illinois native is a “W” receiver prospect (Equanimeous St. Brown/Chase Claypool position).  He selected Notre Dame over Michigan State, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Illinois, and Nebraska. ...

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Cole Mabry Continues Notre Dame Recruiting Momentum

If you thought the torrid pace at which the Notre Dame coaching staff closed the class of 2017 would slow down after Signing Day, you thought wrong.  Notre Dame picked up its third commitment in two days on Tuesday when 3-star OT Cole Mabry committed to the Irish following his Junior Day visit this past weekend. Like fellow recent commitment Kalon Gervin, things moved fast with the recruitment of Cole Mabry.  Notre Dame just offered the Tennessee native last week.  He quickly scheduled a trip to South Bend for Junior Day and two days later he was the 9th member ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Starts Slow, Finishes Strong over BC: Highlights

For the better part of the first half last night it looked like Notre Dame’s recent turnaround was going to be short lived.  Despite a rough start Tuesday night in Chestnut Hill, Notre Dame won their third game in a row last night with an 84-76 road victory over Boston College. Fresh off a convincing win over Florida State on Saturday night, the Irish were sluggish out of the gate last night against Boston College falling behind by as many as 13 before heading into half time down 10.  The second half was all Irish though as Notre Dame outscored ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Back in Top 25!

After seeing their season on the verge of collapse, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were able to get back on track last week with two big wins, thereby improving their ACC mark to 8-5 on the year and placing them with 1.5 games of the lead. While they’re currently in a tie for fifth place with Syracuse, the race has become so tight that they’re within a single game of second place and have gotten back into the Top 25 by snagging the final spot in those weekly rankings. Home cooking agreed with the Irish as they won both contests ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting Keeps Rolling: 4-Star S Derrik Allen Commits!

Monday was quite the productive day on the recruiting trail for Notre Dame – especially for the second week of February.  After picking up a commitment from 4-star CB Kalon Gervin this morning, Notre Dame’s class of 2018 picked up even more steam Monday night when 4-star safety Derrik Allen pledged to the Irish as well.   Less than two weeks from National Signing Day 2017 and Notre Dame added two 4-star top 100 caliber defensive backs. 🙏🙏COMMITTED ‼️‼️‼️‼️☘️ pic.twitter.com/15cX4wJnIE — Derrik Allen (@DsmoothAllen) February 14, 2017 This is a big time pickup for Notre Dame.   Derrik Allen (6’1″, ...

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Notre Dame Football Lands 4-Star CB Kalon Gervin!

Notre Dame’s Junior Day this past weekend might have had a small list of uncommitted players, but it is already paying dividends for the Irish.  Fresh off his weekend visit, 4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin has committed to Notre Dame giving the Irish yet another 4-star prospect in the early stages of the class of 2018. Things moved extremely fast for Notre Dame with Gervin.  The Irish offered the talented cornerback just a week ago today.  He quickly set up a visit for this weekend’s Junior Day.  A week later, Gervin is the 7th commitment in the Notre Dame class of ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Knocks Off #14 Florida State: Highlights

Notre Dame snapped a four game losing streak earlier this week with a win on Wake Forest.  Saturday night the Irish made it back to back wins with an upset of #14 Florida State in a game they controlled from start to finish.  Led by a career night from Bonzio Colson and aided by some down right horrific free throw shooting by the Seminoles, the Irish prevailed 84-72 on their home court. Bonzie Colson strapped Notre Dame on his back Saturday night and was not going to let Florida State get their second win of the season over the Irish. ...

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The State of Notre Dame Football: Q&A with Blue & Gold Illustrated

With Signing Day all wrapped up and weeks until spring football, we’ve hit one of the dreaded lull periods on the football calendar.  This year, however, there has been so much going on around the Notre Dame program that there is PLENTY for us to dive into over the next few weeks.  So we called in an expert – football analyst Bryan Driskell at Blue & Gold Illustrated. “Coach D” as some of you may know him from his Twitter handle (@BGI_CoachD) is a former coach who provides excellent commentary at BGI and was kind enough to answer A LOT ...

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