Braden Lenzy saw something different on Saturday. He also connected with something familiar.
It was all part of a productive Blue-Gold Game weekend for the four-star wide receiver from Oregon, who returned to South Bend to both watch Chip Long’s new offense in action and do some recruiting to enhance it moving forward.
Lenzy was excited to see the impressive group of receivers in action and ponder his future within the offense.
“For me, it was really great seeing the new offense and how the receivers fared,” Lenzy said. “What I noticed is that most of them were these big 6-3, 6-4, 6-5 receivers. I saw myself out there complementing them really well, because there wasn’t many speed-types of guys out there.”
The new offensive scheme intrigued Lenzy, both schematically and with how prepared the players appeared for it.
“I really like how faced-paced coach (Chip) Long had them going and I liked how coach (DelVaughn) Alexander had the receivers warmed up prior to the game,” Lenzy said. “It was great to see the changes they’ve made.”
The defense got Lenzy’s attention too.
“It was really great,” Lenzy said. “I heard, although I hadn’t watched them that much, that their secondary is a little bit weaker, but from what I’ve seen, I’d say the secondary did a pretty good job.”
Prior to the weekend, the big talk regarding Lenzy’s Blue-Gold Game attendance was that fellow Oregon receiver Chase Cota would be visiting as well. The two talented pass catchers were familiar with each other before Saturday.
“I think the weekend went great for Chase,” Lenzy said. “I definitely see him playing with us. As far as fitting in with the players, commits, all that stuff, he was so smooth. It didn’t feel like there was any difference in where we had come from. It was like we had all been friends for a long time, especially when me, Micah (Jones), Kevin (Austin) and Chase were talking. It was just a really great atmosphere.”
Ohio four-star linebacker Dallas Gant was another prospect Lenzy worked on. A tight battle between the Irish and Gant’s home-state Buckeyes is one of the hottest topics in college football recruiting this week.
“With Dallas, I think everyone kind of knows that it’s between us and Ohio State,” Lenzy said. “He said that he’s made his decision in articles, I guess, and just trying to figure out if he made the right one. I’m really hoping that it’s Notre Dame. He was saying it was the best visit he’s had yet, so I think we have a good chance. But, you know, we just have to wait.”
Back at receiver, Lenzy also connected with Austin and believes the Irish are in strong shape for the Florida product and ticketed finalist for The Opening.
“He’s a really good kid,” Lenzy said. “He definitely had good things to say about Notre Dame. He was really interested and I think his visit made us shoot up his list very high.”
All in all, Lenzy felt confident about all aspects of his visit, from the Blue-Gold Game itself to the recruiting that went along with it. Now the Oregon product will keep working those connections, trying to make sure some of the talent with him in South Bend last weekend will also be there during his Irish career too.