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: WR Kendall Abdur-Rahman Commits to Notre Dame

Kendall Abdur-Rahman boosted Notre Dame's 2019 offensive skill position group when he announced for the Irish today. The tea leaves suggested Notre Dame made a big move for the 6'1", 180-pound Illinois product on his official visit for the Michigan game; today, it seems like those suggestions were dead on. Abdur-Rahman keeps things extremely close [...]

By |2018-09-09T22:23:58+00:00September 9th, 2018|Football|14 Comments

2018 Preseason Prediction Poll Results

The second annual 18S preseason prediction poll is here. Whee! You may remember our somewhat crestfallen end-of-season review of last year's results; undeterred by experience, we enter once more unto the breach, dear friends. As much of a downer as the final three games were, last season actually exceeded many of our preseason expectations. Our [...]

By |2018-08-29T16:15:29+00:00August 29th, 2018|Football|22 Comments

2019 Recruiting: QB Brendon Clark Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 class added another key piece on offense today when QB Brendon Clark pledged to the Irish. The 6'2", 217-pound Virginian committed to Wake Forest almost a year ago, but backed away from that commitment after his recruitment picked up steam. He picked up a Notre Dame offer in early June and visited [...]

By |2018-07-05T10:27:32+00:00July 4th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|21 Comments

2019 Recruiting: WR Cam Hart Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 class picked up its first wideout today when Cam Hart announced for the Irish. The 6'3", 190-pound Good Counsel (MD) prospect took an unofficial visit to South Bend in early June. The Irish reportedly grabbed a big lead at that point and never looked back. Recruiting Service Rankings 247 Composite -- 3 [...]

By |2018-07-04T12:02:41+00:00July 4th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|0 Comments

2019 Recruiting: RB Kyren Williams Commits to Notre Dame

The Irish finally landed an offensive skill player in the 2019 class when jitterbug back Kyren Williams committed to Notre Dame at his high school today. Michigan hard over the last couple of months; but the 5'10", 200-pound Missourian has had the Irish in front ever since he was offered and didn't waver. In fact [...]

By |2018-06-21T19:08:57+00:00June 21st, 2018|Football, Recruiting|8 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OL Zeke Correll Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame continued its run of outstanding line recruiting with a commitment from blue-chip prospect Zeke Correll. Fresh off an official visit to South Bend, Correll cancelled his final official to Ohio State before announcing for the Irish. Correll joins Quinn Carroll, John Olmstead, and Andrew Kristofic in an offensive line class for the ages. [...]

By |2018-06-18T12:51:31+00:00June 18th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|8 Comments

2019 Recruiting: LB Osita Ekwonu Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame landed the lucky 13th commitment in its 2019 class today when linebacker Osita Ekwonu announced for the Irish. Rumor has long held that the 6'2", 220-pound North Carolinian was a heavy Irish lean, and he finally made it official today. Ekwonu was one of Clark Lea's top targets in the class, and Lea [...]

By |2018-06-14T16:25:06+00:00June 14th, 2018|18S Reads|11 Comments

2020 Recruiting: TE Kevin Bauman Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame landed its second 2020 commitment yesterday when blue-chip tight end Kevin Bauman announced for the Irish. The 6'5", 230-pound New Jerseyan made his first visit to campus just 10 days ago; that first visit made such a big impression that he committed 20 months before his signing day. He has been very familiar [...]

By |2018-06-14T15:30:49+00:00June 14th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|1 Comment

2019 Recruiting: P Jay Bramblett Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame added a critical piece to the 2019 class today when punter Jay Bramblett committed to the Irish. Rigneys, rejoice! I know, nobody (besides the Rigneys) cares about specialists, but hear me out on this one... With punting stalwart Tyler Newsome in his final year of eligibility, it was absolutely critical that Notre Dame [...]

By |2018-05-30T13:02:07+00:00May 30th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|8 Comments

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+00:00May 19th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|7 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+00:00May 1st, 2018|Football, Recruiting|18 Comments