Lombard Awaits O-Line Coach

Christian Lombard met with Notre Dame's new head coach last weekend. The offensive linemen from Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) is on hi9s second head coach and third offensive lineman since committing to the Irish, but he is as solid as ever.

Christian Lombard (6-foot-5, 280-pounds) doesn't know who his offensive line coach will be as of yet, but he did get a chance to sit down and speak with his future head coach last Saturday.

"It was good to get the chance to meet him," Lombard said of his conversation with Brian Kelly. "He's a winner at heart. His positive attitude rubbed off on me. He made a good impression on me. I'm excited. He's very personable guy, so everything was good. I really enjoyed the trip. It was really good getting to meet him and I'm excited about the future with him."

Kelly hasn't been on the job very long, but it is imperative that he focuses on closing out the 2010 recruiting class. A big part of that is retaining the commitments from prospects like Lombard.

"He took a day out to watch film of all the recruits," Lombard explained. "He said he liked my footwork. He said that I was pretty athletic. He said that he was going to start me out at tackle when I get there, so it was good. It was really surprising with everything that he has going on that he had time to sit down and watch all of our film.

"He said that he's going to fit the offense around the personnel, which I think is a good thing. He's not going to try and force something that his players can't do.

"He stressed, being a part of a class to gets Notre Dame back on top," Christian said. "That's one of the things that he was trying to convey to me and that's what I've really been thinking of too."

With the meeting with Kelly out of the way, Lombard is waiting to hear who will be named as Notre Dame's offensive line coach. Despite this being the third offensive line coach for him already, Christian is taking everything is stride.

"You have to understand that it's a business, and people come and go," he said. "The sooner you come to understand that the better off you'll be. I still have to take my official visit, so I'll be back there pretty soon (to meet the new coaches)."

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