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Spring Football Day 3

I was tempted to just show the first day in pads from 2 years ago. You learn absolutely nothing from watching this. All you see are a lot of guys running pass routes, QB’s throwing and some dreadful tackling. Outside of Nico Fertitta, everyone else just grabbed the runners heads, an excellent way to get run over.

DL Elijah Taylor had his foot operated on further depleting the DL.

Reports that Work Outs are now a lot more demanding leads one to believe that the previous regime was rather a slap dash affair. Here I’m reminded of DE Andrew Trumbetti. He hasn’t gotten much bigger, stronger or faster since his Freshman year – he has actually regressed.

Perhaps the most important player on this team is 2nd string QB Ian Book. I hope they are working extra hard with him, for we are dead if Wimbush gets hurt.

In other news Manti Teo is now with the Saints. He has been hurt every year since he went to the NFL.

Early betting odds ND is just favored by 7 points over Temple in Game 1.

Here is the latest Brian Kelly press conference:

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Kelly Spring Presser

Brian Kelly press conference

ND kicks off Spring Football today. Here is the video of the Brian Kelly press conference:

The only thing you need to really know is that OC Chip Long will have total autonomy running the Offense while Kelly will spread his cheer onto all position groups.

Kelly will also attend the early morning strength workouts.

Other than that it’s basically a rewind of other Spring Addresses.

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Commit Number 11 Braden Lenzy

Braden Lenzy

Braden Lenzy is a 4 Star WR/CB from Oregon. He is 6′ 160 with 4.47 speed and just jumped on the ND bandwagon.

He was wanted by all the Western schools and will also run track at ND. He is equally good at WR or CB. It’s sure nice to have that speed anywhere on the field. Also, it’s rare that ND can pry anyone out of the State of Oregon.

Here is his highlight reel:

Also in the news 5th year DL candidate from Clemson by way of Hawaii, Scott Pagano is visiting ND very soon. It looks like a ND-OKL fight.

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ND Adds 3 New Commits To Class of 2018

The 2018 Class now numbers 9.

Here are the recent additions with highlight videos:

Kalon Gervin – 5’11” 180 CB from Detroit – 4 Star

Here is his highlight video:

Derrik Allen – 6’1″ 205 S from Georgia – 4 Star

Here is his highlight video:

Cole Mabry – 6’6″ 260 OL from Tennessee – 3 Star

Here is his highlight video:

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Signing Day ND Lands 21

Notre Dame just picked up some new commits:

  • Number 19: A real coup steal from USC Myron Tagovailo-Amosa DT 4 Star from Hawaii 6’4″ 270. ND fought USC GT Oregon and Navy to land Amosa.

    Here is his highlight reel:

  • Number 20: CB Jeremiah Owusu 6’2″ 3 Star from Virginia. ND outfought MSU to land Owusu.

    Here is his highlight reel:

  • Number 21: Kofi Wardlow 6’3″ from Washington DC – 3 Star flipped from Maryland.

    Here is his highlight reel:

Strong finish by the coaching staff when things looked bleak.

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Commits Number 17 & 18

Jafar Armstrong

#17 4 Star WR Jafar Armstrong from Bradenton, Florida flipped from Missouri on Sunday.

Here is his highlight video:

Jonathan Doerer

#18 Kicker Jonathan Doerer flipped from Maryland. Reportedly strong legged with 92% of his kickoffs going for touch backs. He is the number 3 kicker in this Class.

Here is his highlight video:

ND also added assistant Strength Coach David Ballou from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

National Signing Day is this Wednesday February 1st.

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Commit Number 16 Jordan Genmark-Heath

Jordan Genmark-Heath

Notre Dame is staggering to the finish line, but were able to flip 3-4 Star Safety Jordan Genmark-Heath from California on Wednesday.

After losing commits, this hopefully will help turn a few others since ND can take 6 more. It looks like a small class and since only about 1/3 actually contribute, this short class will hurt down the line.

Former All American Tim Grunhart’s son is a preferred walk on – really good tough lineman, but is only 6ft 250lbs. Maybe he can play nose guard.

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New QB Coach Tommy Rees

Tommy Rees

Kelly hired his former QB Rees to his Staff Tuesday. Known more for his poise and calm under pressure than physical abilities he played in 30 games passed for 7351 yards, 61 TD’s vs 37 picks.

Rees always had to bail out Golson who crumbled under pressure and his stoic look when addressed by Kelly was fun to watch.

After leaving ND Rees worked as a Grad Asst at Northwestern in 2015 then joined the San Diego Chargers as an Offensive Assistant last season.

Rees knows Kelly’s system (the only ND QB who could pick it up) and should be a calming influence on Wimbush as long as he can keep Kelly away from him.

Other news – Colin McGovern (OG) will take his 5th year to Virginia, so he should get playing time there.

Still recruiting – need at least 5 more.