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.

Super Official 18S Season Predictions

As camp enters the stretch run, it's time to get serious about kicking our glue-sniffing habit. Wait, wrong post, sorry... It's time to get serious about our staff's season predictions for the Notre Dame football in 2017. Personally, I'm not sure I've ever been more anxious for a season to start; the memory of 2016 [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Football|49 Comments

2018 Recruiting: WR Kevin Austin Commits to Notre Dame

Elite wide receiver Kevin Austin became the 16th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. Austin has steadily climbed in the national rankings since the Irish offered almost a year ago; the 6'3", 198-pound athlete stands out due to plus ability in multiple categories and the ease with [...]

By | August 11th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|15 Comments

2019 Recruiting: DT Jacob Lacey Commits to Notre Dame

Jacob Lacey became the second commit in Notre Dame's 2019 class when he pledged to the Irish today. Michigan expected Lacey at their summer barbecue event this weekend, but he cancelled that trip and instead became Michigan's second top 150 recruiting loss of the week to Notre Dame. #RememberTheSix   First I give GOD all [...]

By | July 29th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|9 Comments

Projecting 2018 Recruiting Needs

The 2017 football opener against Temple inches ever closer, which of course means it's a perfect time for projecting 2018 recruiting needs for the remainder of this cycle. Right? That's how I read it, anyway... With the recent pledges of George Takacs, Jahmir Smith, Shayne Simon, and Jack Lamb, the 2018 class stands at 15 [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|29 Comments

2018 Recruiting: LB Jack Lamb Commits to Notre Dame

Linebacker Jack Lamb became the 15th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. Conventional wisdom held UCLA would win out for the 6'4", 215-pound Californian due to concerns about distance; despite even further distance, many feared Penn State's pull on the double Nittany Lion legacy. However, Notre Dame [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|17 Comments

2017 ND Insider Magazine Review

We’re just six scant weeks away from Notre Dame football’s 2017 season opener against Temple, which means it’s prime season preview magazine time. The South Bend Tribune was once again kind enough to send over a copy of their preview issue; as usual, it didn’t disappoint. Join us, then, as we dive into our ND [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Football|3 Comments

2018 Recruiting: Rover Shayne Simon Commits to Notre Dame

Shayne Simon became the 14th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'3", 215-pound athlete's star has ascended steadily over the last few months, as he has put in some very impressive camp performances and moved into the top 150 in the 247 Composite. Earlier in his recruitment, [...]

By | July 25th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|35 Comments

2018 Recruiting: RB Jahmir Smith Commits to Notre Dame

Jahmir Smith became the 13th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 5'11", 198-pound North Carolina speedster is a high-academic kid (as a junior, he reports a GPA of 4.43/4.0 and an ACT of 25) who reacted very favorably to his Notre Dame offer, but we never heard [...]

By | July 23rd, 2017|Football, Recruiting|6 Comments

2019 Recruiting: QB Cade McNamara Commits to Notre Dame

Cade McNamara became the first Notre Dame commit of the 2019 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'1", 186-pound Nevadan camped at Notre Dame last month; he clearly made a big impression on the staff, as his performance earned an offer. Brian Polian ran point on McNamara's recruitment, presumably in part because [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|15 Comments

Who Has Notre Dame Football Never Played?

Yesterday's announcement of a home-and-home with Arkansas and its accompanying note that 2020 will be the first time the Irish and Razorbacks meet got us thinking: Who has Notre Dame football never played in its illustrious, 130-year history? We dove into the annals (annals - get your mind out of the gutter, man) to look at [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|Football|18 Comments

2018 Recruiting: TE George Takacs Commits to Notre Dame

George Takacs became the 12th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'7", 236-pound Florida standout opened a lot of eyes at the Nike Opening Regional in Miami recently; he impressed both attached and in the passing game, and in the process earned an invite to the finals in Oregon [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|10 Comments

Trading Places: Notre Dame Transfer Recap

In most football offseasons, we might see a single player head to South Bend as a Notre Dame transfer. Someone like Cody Riggs, or Avery Sebastian - a grad transfer with a single year left and something to prove. This offseason the Irish have proven much more active in the transfer market than at any [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|Football|14 Comments

2018 Recruiting: DT Ja’mion Franklin Commits to Notre Dame

Ja'mion Franklin became the 12th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish at his school today; the 6'3", 306-pound Maryland bull originally planned to announce in July, but after he earned an invite to the Opening Finals he decided to move his announcement up. Despite a lack of love for [...]

By | June 6th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|9 Comments

How Much Can Notre Dame Football Improve in 2017?

Realistically, how much can Notre Dame football improve this season? Here's the Cliff Notes answer: We don't know. Ha! No, but seriously, there's no definitive way to answer the question. If every coach and every starter from 2016 returned for this season, there would still be far too many variables in the 2017 equation to make [...]

By | May 26th, 2017|Football|31 Comments

Notre Dame Draft Picks vs. Recruiting Ranks

In this most recent NFL draft, we saw the Cleveland Browns use a second round pick on 2014 signee Deshone Kizer, who was roughly a top 250 recruit. Compared to other Notre Dame draft picks over the last decade, Kizer did pretty well for himself - top 250 players don't have a great hit rate in the draft. [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|12 Comments