It is customary to make a Christmas wishlist of all the gifts you are hoping to receive. With 20 recruits committed to Notre Dame and ready to ink with the Irish this week, we can look forward to who will be left on every Notre Dame fan’s wish list.
The person is Braden Lenzy.
The coaching staff have been relentlessly pursuing the former Irish commit who is back on the market. The four-star prospect is ranked as the 212th player in the class by the 247Sports and has elite track speed that could take the top off of any defense. He was a fast kid in his junior year, but he developed into a great football player as a senior. The staff needs to land him because they lost the commitment of another speedster, Geordon Porter. The Irish look like the clear favorites at this point and should have Lenzy back in the class by the end of the week.
Julius Irvin is a person.
Another talented player who shot up the boards with a spectacular senior season, Irvin is a versatile defensive back who could play both as a safety and a corner at the next level. The hometown USC looked like they would land the elite four-star defensive back who currently ranks 149th in the country. The USC staff was slow-played. Notre Dame jumped in front of his recruitment after applying constant pressure and showing him that he was a priority in this class. If everything goes as planned, Notre Dame should be the favorite to land Irvin, as the Crystal Ball shows them as a 73% favorite.
Kyler Gordon is a person.
Gordon is not a sure thing, as Notre Dame has been chasing him for a long time. Gordon is a four-star prospect who is currently rated 180th overall in the class and could be an instant contributor next season. Gordon was going to Notre Dame but a trip to the Washington campus last weekend clouded his decision and forced him to rethink his future. Gordon will likely make an announcement this week, and the longer he takes, the less attention he will get. Gordon would be a great addition and would make a good secondary class.
Petit-Frere was a person.
The offensive line class at Notre Dame is thin and doesn’t have any true elite players with Cole Mabry and John Dirksen as the two lone commits. The addition of Petit-Frere would bolster the class as a whole. Petit-Frere is a consensus five-star prospect and 17th overall in the class, and he would be Notre Dame’s top prospect if he announced. Petit-Frere has been open about his intentions and has said that he might take it to National Signing Day in February. Few scouts have any insight into Petit-Frere, he is a very quiet individual who doesn’t talk to the media often. He is looking for a place that will allow him to balance academics and football and has a good relationship with the Irish offensive line coach, which is why he is leaning toward the Irish. Notre Dame would be a coup if they were to walk away with his signature because Florida, Alabama, and Michigan are all in the running.
Amon-Ra St. Brown and Solomon Tuliaupupu are related.
The pair of Southern Cal natives are the hardest to get on this list, but would be difference makers in this class. The Irish have a better chance of landing at USC than most people think.
St. Brown is the younger brother of a current Notre Dame player. St. Brown is a player who could make a big impact at wide receiver in his freshman year. Notre Dame was thought to be favorites to land him before and after his official visit to USC, but the Irish’s struggles with the passing game have put them behind. Kelly and company have been relentless in their pursuit of St. Brown and both he and his father were impressed by Kelly and the staff in a recent home visit. St. Brown will make his decision at the Army All-American Bowl on January 6th, so a decision is not too far away.
Tuliaupupu is one of the players that Notre Dame would be willing to include in the class. Tuliaupupu is ranked four stars and 88th overall, and will be a difference maker in the linebacker class that already includes Jack Lamb, Bo Bauer, Ovie Oghoufo, and rover Shayne Simon. With the departures of Morgan and Martini, there will be plenty of playing time available and Tuliaupupu is a player who could see the field right away. Tuliaupupu and his father felt that USC wasn’t as important to them as Notre Dame was, and that USC had pressed all the right buttons. Solomon’s visit to South Bend was his best all year and he and his father came away very impressed with Notre Dame, a school that they can see Solomon playing at. If Notre Dame can get him on campus again in January, they have a chance to pull off a big upset.
Extra points are given.
A bowl win.
The season started out very promising but ended with a bit of a disappointment. Notre Dame can get that 10th win and right the ship. A 10th win against LSU would change the perception of the program. Notre Dame played a tough schedule and are 3-3 against teams that finished the regular season in the top 25. A win against LSU would give Notre Dame a much needed boost going into the off season and on the recruiting trail.
What is a Christmas without a present that includes new clothes? Under Armour has provided a breath of air when it comes to Notre Dame’s uniforms, but it has also added some new twists and nuances to the classic uniforms that accentuate Notre Dame’s values, history, and tradition, but it has also been without the occasional fashion faux pas. The Under Armour uniform changes color with the amount of water in it, and the players look like they wet their pants after the warm ups. This has been an embarrassment for the program in marquee games such as Georgia and Miami because nothing looks worse when playing a ranked opponent as a team that has wet themselves in anticipation. The Under Armour deal has had its ups and downs, but they have to this wardrobe malfunction going forward.
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Excellent job by always Solon. I say screw St. Brown. If you are committed to play, you should pick your college by now. It is a blessing to be wanted by a school. Don’t make them beg for him. He is doing a Labron James and making a big deal about himself by first posting on the internet, now we have to wait for the under armor or army or whatever game he is in. I am not watching because I can see him flip the hat of the team he is going to. Amon Rah enjoy the weather all year round. The fact that Wimbush is throwing the ball makes the ND a top 3.
Great point about the pants. I never thought of it until now, and it’s disgusting that the sweat actually shows up and makes the pants go from gold to brown. I know that the gold pants will never be changed, but they can change the material they use. If you catch my drift, you will see Quiton Nelso with a wet line going down the seat of his pants. I think that’s correct.