Commit Number 12 2018 Class – Ja’Mion Franklin

Ja'Mion Franklin

3 Star DL Ja’Mion Franklin 6’2″ 306 Lb. ND finally lands a big interior DL from Maryland. They’ve been working hard to land this guy and now he’s in the fold.

Here is his highlight video:

Big surprise – OL Tristen Hoge transfers to BYU. In his recruiting class, he was the number 1 Center. Hiestand is doing too good a job when this guy can’t crack the line up.

Graduate Student WR Cameron Smith transfers from ASU to ND.

Things will now start to heat up with more visitors over the summer months.


Gold 27 Blue 14 – Recap And Highlights

Kinda dull watching this, but that’s good since Wimbush (Blue) would have been killed without that red shirt. He was going against the 1st team defense which dominated for the most part – 11 sacks. Daelin Hayes beat up on RT Tommy Kraemer and had 3 sacks and 7 tackles.

What do we take from that? The OL needs lots of work, once again. It seems every year we hear it is the best OL, Best OL Coach, Stronger and of course stacked with best OL recruits that 4 Stars have trouble cracking the lineup.

One play particularly drew my attention – the offense was on the 1-2 yard line and the RB failed to gain an inch.

Drue Tranquill has found a home as Rover and he was all over the field. This kid is a real player.

I was pleasantly surprised by the entire Defense. Just about everybody on the 1st team looked good most of the time, although tackling is still an issue. The coaches have a lot of work to do on that.

With just a hand tag to stop the play, we didn’t get to see Wimbush really run the ball – he looks super quick.

His passing is adequate – 300 yards, but 2 picks. At times he looks like he’s aiming the ball and some throws seem to sail. We will just have to wait and see, but I think his running will make up for a lot.

Wow, all the RB’s looked very good, very strong. These guys just wouldn’t go down.

We have a ton of WR’s and finally big TE’s. It’s good to see Alize back.

Ian Book (Gold) – kid looked great, passed for about 270 yards with one long 58 yd TD toss. He reminded me of Tommy Rees with the exception that he can move. We should be ok with him if Wimbush gets injured.

You really can’t gauge from this snap shot, but with the landmines in the schedule we have to win every game in September, even then we might be 6-6. We’ll see, but Kelly looks to me that he’s trolling for a Pro job. I think he’s resigned to the fact this might be his last year at ND.


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:


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.


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.