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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

WR Braden Lenzy Excited For The Future

May 25, 2018

Braden Lenzy‍ is fresh off a State Title in the 4x100m relay, and it took all of two days for the 6-foot, 175-pounder to get back on the gridiron as he prepares for his arrival in South Bend in a couple of weeks. 

“I haven’t been able to do football-related stuff since track started, but I did start football stuff back up this week,” Lenzy told Irish Sports Daily. “I had been doing the lifts and everything, so it was really only the last three weeks that I stopped because I was preparing for State. 

“I’m sore getting back into lifting and getting the cleats back on was good. It feels natural. There’s no way to fully go into the track and train for the 400 while you’re doing other things.” 

The four-star prospect has also taken the time to dive into Chip Long’s playbook. Lenzy has appreciated the head start on the offense, but he also believes things will really start to click once he gets on campus. 

“It’s going well,” Lenzy said of learning the playbook. “We have a cool app, and it’s been helpful to learn the formations and motions. I don’t have it down and I probably won’t until I get there. It’s been nice to get a preview and a sense of what I’ll be doing when we show up.” 

The Tigard (Ore.) star was asked to play multiple positions in high school, so learning one position and seeing a more significant emphasis on throwing the ball has been a welcome sight. 

“They incorporate many of the things we did at Tigard, but also do a lot of things we never did,” explained Lenzy. “It’s a more pass-friendly offense compared to my high school. I never caught over 40 balls in a season, so to see the different schemes and how much longer the routes are nice. 

“It’s not just the deep ball, but the shorter routes are longer with comebacks and stuff. It’s been interesting, and I’m really excited. I think my speed will benefit from learning all this new technique.” 

Lenzy is also excited about the future of the Irish offense as he is coming in with a strong receiver class, and five-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec‍ will join them.

“It’s been great ever since I recommitted,” Lenzy said of his relationship with Jurkovec. “We’re going to be roommates and that bond will get stronger. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish over the coming years.” 

Jurkovec’s stats have made headlines in Western PA for the last three seasons, and Lenzy is well aware of the potential the duo could have at Notre Dame. 

“He’s probably a top three quarterback in the nation in my opinion, so it’s always a blessing to have someone of that skill toss you the rock,” Lenzy stated. “I’ll probably see a lot of good matchups because people have to respect his speed too. I’ve had some good quarterbacks, but I’ve never really had a quarterback of that caliber. 

“People like that are special and hard to come around.” 

As for his fellow receivers, Lenzy is looking forward to competing against a wide variety of skill sets once he gets to South Bend. 

“I’m very excited,” Lenzy said. “They have a lot of good guys there currently, and we have a lot of good guys coming in. There are a lot of different types of receivers, and I think it’ll be a good mix.”  

Lenzy states he’ll miss his mother the most once he leaves home, but he also has eyes on winning the kickoff return job over the next few months and would love nothing more than to receive the opening kickoff on September 1st.  

“I haven’t given much thought about the tunnel,” said Lenzy. “I’ve been thinking about the kickoff return for quite some time now. I’m excited.” 

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