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.

2020 Football Recruiting: DB Clarence Lewis Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame broke the seal on 2020 secondary recruiting today when Clarence Lewis became the 12th commitment in the class. The 6'1", 185-pound New Jerseyan committed less than 24 hours after the conclusion of his official visit; safe to say the staff and the school made a big impression on him. At the New Jersey [...]

By |2019-06-11T00:08:03-04:00June 11th, 2019|Recruiting|11 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: Offensive Big Board Update 6/7

Welcome back to the 2020 Football Recruiting Big Board! Today we're back to looking at the offense. Check out Tyler's recent defensive big board update for our take on the other side of the ball. Position 247C First Name Last Name Temp Hometown State OG 0.9564 Andrew Raym Cold Broken Arrow OK OG 0.9224 Geirean [...]

By |2019-06-07T13:17:10-04:00June 7th, 2019|Recruiting|21 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: Elite RB Chris Tyree Commits to Notre Dame!

Speed freaks, rejoice! Notre Dame picked up its most important skill position recruit in a long, long time when elite back Chris Tyree pledged to the Irish today. Tyree is the kind of home-run threat Notre Dame needs to land to field an offense that can run with the big boys; he ran the fastest [...]

By |2019-05-23T15:13:36-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Recruiting|22 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: Elite OT Tosh Baker Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2020 class got a big boost today, literally and figuratively, when elite offensive tackle Tosh Baker pledged to the Irish. The 6'8", 275-pound Arizonan made his second trek to campus for the March junior day; reading the tea leaves, it seems that OL coach Jeff Quinn more or less sealed the deal on [...]

By |2019-05-09T09:21:22-04:00May 8th, 2019|Recruiting|8 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: DL Rylie Mills Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame continued its recent run of defensive line success when blue-chip prospect Rylie Mills committed to the Irish. The 6'5", 275-pound Illinoisan conducted a round of official visits to his finalists in April and didn't wait too long to make his decision. Mills is ranked as a strong-side defensive end, but in all likelihood [...]

By |2019-05-07T10:59:04-04:00May 6th, 2019|Recruiting|11 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: Return of the Big Board

After a looooooooooooo... [inhale] oooooooong hiatus, we're pleased to bring back the football recruiting Big Board! We knew it had been a while, but we looked at our archives and dayyyyuuummm. We typically wait for a little while after signing day, as we did this year, to launch the Big Board posts; that keeps them [...]

By |2019-05-10T09:57:37-04:00April 26th, 2019|Recruiting|22 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: WDE Jordan Botelho Commits to Notre Dame

The Islands gave another gift to Notre Dame today when blue-chip WDE Jordan Botelho announced his commitment to the Irish. The 6-3, 230-pound Hawaiian profiles perfectly to the drop end position that Julian Okwara rather magnificently occupies today; we'll get into this more below, but position isn't close to the only thing Okwara and Botelho [...]

By |2019-04-25T09:01:15-04:00April 18th, 2019|Football, Recruiting|13 Comments

2021 Recruiting: QB Tyler Buchner Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2021 recruiting class started off with a bang today when elite quarterback Tyler Buchner pledged to the Irish. The 6'2", 200-pound Californian was reportedly one of the staff's top targets regardless of position in this class, which makes this an especially excellent way to kick it off. He didn't playt much in his [...]

By |2019-03-08T21:36:26-04:00March 8th, 2019|Recruiting|14 Comments

2019 Recruiting: DL Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2019 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Then we went into more detail on the offensive skill position guys, because you know they'd be primadonnas if we didn't do them first. Yesterday we looked at the guys who clear [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:31:00-04:00February 11th, 2019|Recruiting|5 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OL Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2019 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Yesterday we went into more detail on the offensive skill position guys, because you know they'd be primadonnas if we didn't do them first. Today we're looking at the guys who clear [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:30:04-04:00February 10th, 2019|Recruiting|2 Comments

A Tree Falls In The Forest: The Final Notre Dame 2019 Recruiting Class

An Irish Zen Koan With tight numbers and the same staff aggressiveness with the early signing period as last year, the final stretch for the Notre Dame 2019 recruiting class almost completely lacked drama. On the upside, the staff closed early on a bunch of guys they really liked. On the downside, there was no [...]

By |2019-02-08T12:01:02-04:00February 7th, 2019|Recruiting|14 Comments

2019 Recruiting: Isaiah Foskey Signs With Notre Dame!

The final piece of Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class fell into place today when blue-chip defensive end prospect Isaiah Foskey announced his signing. The 6'4", 233-pound Cal legacy participated in a signing ceremony at his high school, De La Salle, which is one the of the country's foremost prep programs. The more attentive (and, ahem, [...]

By |2019-02-08T12:01:10-04:00February 6th, 2019|Recruiting|7 Comments