Braden Lenzy will be an oddity among Junior Day visitors at Notre Dame this weekend.
Among the five uncommitted targets expected on campus, only Lenzy hails from outside the region. Lenzy, a four-star athlete from Portland, is catching a flight to the Midwest in the hopes of gaining more perspective on one of the programs recruiting him hardest.
“I just want to get a feel for the campus and the environment because I’d be living there for four or five years,” Lenzy said. “That’s huge to me. Just how I feel with the players and coaches, if I feel comfortable and it’s a place I could see myself being.”
Irish coaches have made Lenzy one of their top priorities since a December scholarship offer.
Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght visited Tigard High School before National Signing Day to keep expressing interest. New wide receivers coach Del Alexander has been in contact on the regular since taking the job.
Hearing from Lyght and Alexander is a window into how the Irish view Lenzy, meaning he could end up at cornerback or receiver.
“They like me at both positions so I’ve been highly recruited by both coaches Lyght and Alexander,” Lenzy said. “I’m pretty close to both of them. We talk pretty often, especially coach Alexander. We’re talking on almost a daily basis. He’s a great dude. Both of them are. Great coaches, great university. I’m looking forward to keeping up the relationship.”
Lenzy arrives in South Bend on Friday and will stay into Sunday. Taking a more extended trip will allow for quality time with the coaches and to see how Notre Dame matches up with some of his main criteria.
One of the first things Lenzy will look into is academics.
“Definitely the business school,” Lenzy said. “A nice business school because I want to study something corresponding with business. I haven’t decided what I want to major in yet. Just the campus feel. Different campuses have a different atmosphere. I want to be able to feel like I could be there. That’s the main part. One thing that they do really well is they let people also run track. That’s also big for me. They have a good track program there. It’s a huge benefit.”
Heading to Notre Dame kicks off a busy stretch of visits for Lenzy over then next couple months.
Next weekend brings trips to Oregon and USC. Oregon State is scheduled to play host March 18. Lenzy plans a return to the Midwest on April 1 for Michigan State’s spring game. Oregon’s spring game is also on the schedule for April 29.
“Right now it’s kind of just information,” Lenzy said. “Of all those schools, the only one that hasn’t offered is USC. We’ll see. Things could change hopefully soon in that aspect. As far as places that I can go see, the only other offer I’m hoping for is USC. I would not be surprised if there was a cut down later this year.”
Other offers in hand include Stanford, Cal, Colorado, Purdue UCLA and Washington State. In general, Lenzy feels good about his offer list moving forward.
“I’m not really trying to rack up offers,” he said. “I’ve always kind of seen myself in the Pac 12 then there’s a couple exceptions for schools like Notre Dame and my dream school has been Michigan State. As far as being content, more opportunities are obviously great but as far as I’ve envisioned this is how I thought it would be.”