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 his commitment to Notre Dame over Twitter earlier tonight.
— Braden Lenzy (@blspeedy21) February 23, 2017
Braden Lenzy (6’0″, 175 lbs) is ranked as the 10th ranked athlete in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the #177 ranked prospect overall – Notre Dame’s 6th commitment in the top 200 already in this fledgling class of 2018.
Notre Dame recruited the Oregon native athelte as a wide receiver, but Lenzy has the ability to play on either side of the football on the collegiate level as a receiver or a corner. As a wide receiver, Lenzy is a straight speed demon in the mold of a Will Fuller. He ran the 100 meters in 10.86 seconds last year.
Prior to committing to Notre Dame, Lenzy held offers from west coast powers USC, Stanford, and Oregon. Michigan State, Cal, Colorado, UCLA, and Purude have all offered as well.
Like 2016 freshman Troy Pride Jr, Lenzy will also run track at Notre Dame in addition to playing football. With Lenzy’s speed, his skills could also be put to use on special teams as a kick returner very easily.
Lanzy is the second wide receiver in the class of 2018 at this point. Last week Micah Jones became commitment #10 for Notre Dame. Unlike Lenzy, however, Jones is more a big & tall wide receiver as opposed to a speed guy at 6’5″, 195 lbs. While Jones projects as a “W” receiver, Lenzy is likely slotted for the “Z” aka the slot. His speed and run after the catch ability makes his game tailor made for what Notre Dame would like to get out of that position.
Notre Dame likely is still not done at the position either with high profile targets like Amon-Ra St. Brown and Brian Hightowwer still very much interested in the Irish along with a host of other elite prospects in a very deep year for the wide receiver position.
The string of commitments has Notre Dame’s class ranked #2 in the country by both 247Sports and Rivals behind only Penn State. With 11 commitments already, Notre Dame is also already likely more than half way full for the class of 2018. NDInsider’s Tyler James told us earlier today that Notre Dame would likely only take 20 commitments this year though that number is always fluid with transfers, injuries, and early departures impossible to predict.