Brian Kelly is planning on taking his in-home recruiting visits during January, but Blake Lueders (6-foot-5, 250-pounds) didn't want to wait that long to meet his future head coach. Lueders and several players from Notre Dame's 2010 recruiting class made their way to South Bend last Saturday to introduce themselves to Kelly.
"I think everything went well," Lueders said. "I liked him. He definitely seemed like a high-energy guy. That's great and any football team needs that. He seems really hands-on which is great. He seemed like a guy that was really going to turn the program around. He seemed like a guy that knew what type of player I was. He said that I was a big athletic guy that can move, and he said that that's a hard combination to find.
"I asked him if I fit into his system and where I'd fit in. He said that I'm definitely the type of guy that he wants. He said that he saw me possibly playing the "cat" linebacker position, which is kind of a hybrid between the defensive end and linebacker position, so he said that's where he plans on putting me."
The former Notre Dame coaching staff had recruited Lueders to play defensive end in their defensive scheme. Blake played linebacker throughout his high school career, so he certainly welcomed Kelly's news with open arms.
"I wasn't really expecting him to say that," Blake explained. "I love playing linebacker and its sounds like a great position to play. I wasn't shocked though. The ‘3-‘4 is different than the ‘4-3'. It sounds like a great position to play, so I'm looking forward to it. I'll be happy at whatever position gets me on the field fastest, really."
Lueders Likes Kelly's Plan
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