Committed to Notre Dame

Offensive lineman Christian Lombard of Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) was the first prospect to commit to Charlie Weis' 2010 recruiting class, but now he'll likely play for another head coach at Notre Dame.

Christian Lombard (6-foot-5, 280-pounds) isn't happy that coach Weis was fired on Monday, but he understands that it is part of being a college football coach.

"All I know is that coach Weis got fired and that coach Ianello is the interim coach right now," Lombard said. "I'm still fully committed to Notre Dame, and nothing has changed. That's why I committed to Notre Dame. I committed to the school, not to the coach. I felt like, if there were to happen, then I wouldn't have a problem, so I'm happy I committed there.

"I kind of looked at the trends of coaches who had been fired when they had bad seasons and I kind of expected it to happen. That's what they want, they want winning coaches in there. I would have wanted him to have another year, but that's how it goes. That's college football.

For now, Notre Dame and the recruiting class are without a head coach. Wide receivers coach Rob Ianello has been named the head of football operations until Charlie Weis' successor has been named.

"I did get to talk to coach Ianello," Lombard explained. "He told me what was going on and told me what they were going to do moving forward tomorrow. There wasn't any surprising news, just what was going on.

"There have been a couple schools here and there that have gotten in touch with me, but I'm just I'm just relaying the message that I'm fully committed to Notre Dame."


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