About Brendan R

People who know me best say that I'm sociable, have a dry sense of humor, a predilection for useless trivia, and can obsess about meaningless details. I'm happily married to a woman who thankfully still hasn't figured out that I married up, and we have three great kids, all boys who are trying to destroy our house in stages. They're quite efficient at it, too. In what time I have left over after the various cleanup efforts, I'm a sports nut, a science geek, an unabashed Shakespeare lover, and an aspiring 50-state marathoner.

2019 Recruiting: SDE/DT Hunter Spears Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class picked up its fourth commit and second blue-chip defensive lineman yesterday when Hunter Spears announced for the Irish. The 6'4", 280-pound Texas monster visited for the USC game last season and again for the cycle's first junior day a few weeks ago. Notably, he's the fourth commit from that USC [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Football, Recruiting|21 Comments

2018 Recruiting: Secondary Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Wednesday, we discussed our grades for the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions; Thursday, it was the big boys, offensive linemen and tight ends; Friday, we graded the front seven. In [...]

By | February 17th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

2018 Recruiting: Front Seven Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Wednesday, we discussed our grades for the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions; yesterday, it was the big boys, offensive linemen and tight ends. Today we move over to the [...]

By | February 16th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

2018 Recruiting: OL, TE Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Yesterday, we discussed our grades for the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions.; today, we'll dig into the big boys, the offensive linemen and tight ends. Enjoy! The transcript of [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|3 Comments

2018 Recruiting: QB, RB, WR Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2018 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. This is the first post of a four-part series that will dive into a little more detail on the class, giving each of Eric, Jaden, Tyler's, and my grades and comments [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|3 Comments

Closing With A Bang: The Final Notre Dame 2018 Recruiting Class

The 2017 Close, If It Was On Steroids The Irish staff closed the previous recruiting cycle with a flurry of activity; they busted their tails to snag a few key guys late and avert disaster. That close was impressive, but the way the staff closed elite prospects early and then snagged some potential contributors on [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|33 Comments

2018 Recruiting: CB Noah Boykin Signs With Notre Dame

Noah Boykin joined the 2018 Notre Dame bandwagon when he signed with the Irish today. The 6'2", 170-pound prospect out of our nation's capitol committed to Maryland back in July, but given his actions Maryland was probably a safety net - after that commitment, he visited Notre Dame, Virginia, USC, and Florida. He finally decommitted [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|27 Comments

2018 Recruiting: WR Lawrence Keys Signs With Notre Dame

The 2018 Notre Dame class added one last receiver today when Lawrence Keys sent his letter of intent to South Bend. The 5'11", 160-pound Louisiana speedster took an official visit in January that made a big impression on him and his mother. He had interest for a long time but couldn't work out a visit; [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|1 Comment

2018 Recruiting: OT Jarrett Patterson Signs With Notre Dame

The 2018 Notre Dame class topped off its offensive line haul today when Jarrett Patterson signed his letter of intent. The 6'5", 285-pound Californian chose the Irish over a late push from local favorite UCLA; Jeff Quinn deserves substantial credit here, as former OL coach Harry Hiestand had no contact with Patterson and Quinn had [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

2018 Signing Day Primer

Well folks, it's that time of year again... Even better than Festivus, National Signing Day is finally upon us. Tomorrow morning faxes will start rolling in, and by the afternoon the class of 2018 will be set and we'll all rejoice! No, I'm just kidding, we'll be moderately pleased for about ten seconds and then [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|14 Comments

2019 Junior Day Visitors

Notre Dame will have open the next recruiting cycle in earnest with a 2019 junior day this Saturday. This is Notre Dame's first junior day to fall before signing day for the previous cycle; the early signing period probably helped, but this is also a way of keeping up with the Joneses. Junior days have [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|16 Comments

New OL Coach Announced: It’s Quinn?!?

Well... Brian Kelly found his new offensive line coach, and it's not a name that's going to excite a lot of people. Jeff Quinn, who has a long history with Kelly, was promoted from offensive analyst to fill the position vacated by Harry Hiestand. Notre Dame officially announced the hire via Twitter today. Jeff Quinn has [...]

By | January 23rd, 2018|Football|136 Comments

Terry Joseph To Be Named Notre Dame Safeties Coach

According to 247Sports, North Carolina secondary coach Terry Joseph is on his way to South Bend. The New Orleans native is reportedly the new Notre Dame safeties coach, replacing the not-so-dearly-departed Mike Elko's responsibility. Joseph boasts a track record as both a great coach and an elite recruiter. 247 ND beat guy Tom Loy and [...]

By | January 21st, 2018|Football|14 Comments

Notre Dame Offensive Line Candidates

Goodbye, Mr. Chips Harry Hiestand's move back to the NFL is more understandable than Mike Elko's move to Texas A&M. It's no less of a gut punch to the fans, though, who will watch the replacement process with great interest. We'll take a look here at possible Notre Dame offensive line candidates in a moment; [...]

By | January 12th, 2018|Football|34 Comments

Yahoo: Notre Dame to Name Clark Lea Defensive Coordinator

If your coaching carousel pool had a box for Clark Lea Defensive Coordinator Notre Dame, and you had that box, congrats - you won! Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reports that Brian Kelly will soon end an intense few days of fan base speculation when he promotes Lea to replace the departed Mike Elko. SOURCES: [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|Football|63 Comments