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.

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|18S Reads|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|18S Reads|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|18S Reads|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

Recruiting Update: Blue Gold Game Visitors

Notre Dame will take the field tomorrow for the first time in 2017 for the annual Blue-Gold game, and finally wipe away the last vestiges of the second Season That Never Happened of the last decade. While a substantial portion of the Irish fan base (drink!) understandably remains in show-me mode, the program has unquestionably generated more [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Football, Recruiting|14 Comments

2018 Recruiting: ATH Braden Lenzy Commits to ND

Braden Lenzy became the 11th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. Lenzy and his parents made their first visit to Notre Dame on the first junior day of the cycle; the visit made a big impression, as it moved the Irish from the edge of his radar to right [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Football, Recruiting|47 Comments

2018 Recruiting: WR Micah Jones Commits to ND

Notre Dame picked up its fourth commitment of the week today, and third from last weekend's junior day visitor list, when jumbo wide receiver Micah Jones announced for the Irish. The 6'5", 200-pound Illinois prospect earned an offer after attending Irish Invasion last year and was immediately rumored to be an Irish lean. His recruiting rankings [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|21 Comments

2017 Recruiting: Back Seven Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2017 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. This is final installment of a four-part series that dove into a little more detail on the class, following Monday's recap of the Irish's offensive skill position signees, Tuesday's look at the [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|0 Comments

2017 Recruiting: Defensive Line Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2017 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. This is the third post of a four-part series that will dive into a little more detail on the class, following Monday's recap of the Irish's offensive skill position signees and yesterday's look [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|9 Comments

2017 Recruiting: Offensive Line Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2017 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. This is the second post of a four-part series that will dive into a little more detail on the class, following yesterday's recap of the Irish's offensive skill position signees. Today we look [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|9 Comments

2017 Recruiting: Offensive Skill Position Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2017 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 6th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|6 Comments

2017 Notre Dame Recruiting: The Final Class List

Wild Finish For 2017 Notre Dame Recruiting With two weeks to go until signing day, 2017 Notre Dame recruiting was in a dark place indeed, with only 15 commits in the class. Some knee-buckling late defections, the natural uncertainty around five new assistant coaches, and the negative vibes from a disastrous 4-8 season had most of [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Football, Recruiting|35 Comments

Cutting Through The Coach Speak: Meet The New Irish Staff

Brian Kelly introduced the new Irish staff today in his first press conference since the brutal USC post-mortem presser in November. While positive results on the field are the only thing that can truly erase the putrid taste the 2016 season left in our mouths, the change in vibe between that USC press conference and today's was [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Football|13 Comments

2017 Recruiting: S Jordan Genmark Heath Commits to ND

Tjena, grabben! Jordan Genmark Heath became the 16th commitment in Notre Dame's 2017 recruiting class when he announced for the Irish today. The 6-2, 205 lb athlete had been committed to Cal since early October, but opened things up when Sonny Dykes was fired and the future in Berkeley was uncertain. Notre Dame made a big move [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Football, Recruiting|18 Comments