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: Elite WDE NaNa Osafo-Mensah Commits to Notre Dame!

Notre Dame landed one of the most significant recruits of the Brian Kelly era today when blue-chip WDE NaNa Osafo-Mensah announced his commitment to the Irish. Is it really that big a deal, you ask? NaNa is a top-ten player at a position Notre Dame historically struggles to recruit, and he will enroll early in [...]

By | 2018-05-19T18:19:29+00:00 May 19th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|4 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OT Quinn Carroll Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame took another step to a fantastic offensive line class today when elite prospect Quinn Carroll pledged to the Irish. Offensive line coaches all across the country highly coveted Carroll, but it was Jeff Quinn who played name dominoes and got the job done. The 6'6", 295-pound Minnesota mauler made the call after numerous visits, [...]

By | 2018-05-02T10:41:25+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Football, Recruiting|18 Comments

2019 Recruiting: S Kyle Hamilton Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame continued the infusion of talent into the defensive backfield when safety Kyle Hamilton announced his commitment today. Scroll right past the rankings for this kid and watch his film, which is against serious competition in the Atlanta area. He can flat-out play, and coaching staffs around the country chased him accordingly. Hamilton is [...]

By | 2018-04-24T20:00:24+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|11 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OT Andrew Kristofic Commits to Notre Dame

You know how I know Jeff Quinn is butter? Because he's on a roll. Andrew Kristofic became the second lineman to join the Irish fold this month when he announced for Notre Dame today, fresh off an unofficial visit. With Kristofic and John Olmstead on board, and Quinn Carroll likely to join them within the [...]

By | 2018-05-09T22:25:20+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Football, Recruiting|11 Comments

2019 Recruiting: S Litchfield Ajavon Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class picked up a talented defensive back when provisional All-Time All-Name Team member Litchfield Ajavon announced for the Irish today. The 6'0", 185-pound Virginian pushed the lever for the Irish after making his third visit to campus earlier this month; he attended Irish Invasion last June and also visited for the [...]

By | 2018-04-21T17:39:57+00:00 April 21st, 2018|Football, Recruiting|2 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OL John Olmstead Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class picked up its fourth commit (again) when New Jersey lineman John Olmstead announced for the Irish at his school today. The 6'6", 290-pound behemoth was in the "ND lean" bucket for quite some time; his affinity was solidified on an early April visit, after which he scheduled his announcement. Olmstead [...]

By | 2018-04-21T08:46:24+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

2020 Recruiting: Elite QB Drew Pyne Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2020 recruiting class started with a resounding bang when elite signal caller Drew Pyne pledged to the Irish today. Many probably missed this at the time, but Drew's tweet when Notre Dame offered last June left little doubt: Extremely happy and very excited to receive an offer from Notre Dame‼☘🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/VL0vf9dq4u — Drew [...]

By | 2018-04-16T14:02:02+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|19 Comments

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 | 2018-05-09T22:25:31+00:00 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 | 2018-05-09T22:25:32+00:00 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 | 2018-05-09T22:25:32+00:00 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 | 2018-05-09T22:25:32+00:00 February 15th, 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 | 2018-05-09T22:25:33+00:00 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 | 2018-02-07T12:15:32+00:00 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 | 2018-02-07T11:27:31+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|1 Comment