2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Braden Lenzy
The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 21 players from 13 different states last month during the inaugural “early signing period.”
News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit leading up to the traditional National Signing Day (Feb. 7).
Here is the first of the 21 recruiting profiles:
Lenzy is a 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver from Tigard (Oregon) Senior High School. He helped his team to a 10-win season last fall as Tigard advanced to the Class 6A semifinals.
He played both ways and totaled over 1,000 yards from scrimmage, as well as made seven interceptions and 35 tackles.
Lenzy earned the Three Rivers League co-Offensive player of the Year honors, as well as was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Lenzy was committed to Oregon, but flipped to Notre Dame once former Ducks coach Willie Taggart left to take the same position at Florida State.
Lenzy brings some degree of height, but most importantly, he brings elite speed to the Irish program.
He won the 6A state title in the 400-meters as both a sophomore and junior, as well as finished second in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100 meters as a junior.
Lenzy has run a 10.62 in the 100 meters, as well as a 21.34 in the 200 meters, which is the sixth fastest in Oregon state high school history.
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Lenzy is rated as the 10th best athlete nationally and third best in Oregon by 247Sports.com.
Rivals.com has him rated as the 13th best athlete nationally, while ESPN.com ranks him athletically as the 23rd best in the nation.
There will be open competition for passes to be caught in August after Notre Dame lost leading receiver Equanimeous St. Brown to the NFL. Another possibility is the departure of oft-troubled receiver Kevin Stepherson, as well as the graduation of Cam Smith and graduation/transfer of C.J. Sanders.
The Irish do return Chase Claypool (29 receptions), as well as Miles Boykin (2018 Citrus Bowl Player of the Game), Chris Finke, Michael Young, and possibly Freddy Canteen, as well as other young players such as Jafar Armstrong and Javon McKinley.
BRIAN KELLY SAYS
“We identified those kids that were committed to this university and we went to work on that. For me, that’s resonated in this process.”
“We’re hoping to add to that position in this (early) cycle to balance off the receiving crew.”
Kelly signed Lenzy two days later.
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