Christian Lombard just needs to finish a couple weeks of his senior year of high school and then he'll report to Notre Dame with the rest of the 2010 recruiting class. It will be a big moment for Lombard, a day that he has been dreaming of for a long time.
"I look at the calendar from time to time and it's just getting closer and closer," Lombard said. "I just think back to January of 2009 when I committed and think about how long it's been. I do kind of pinch myself sometimes, because I do lose track of time and it's coming up.
"Nothing new has happened lately, it's just the thought and the anticipation of getting to Notre Dame. I've just been working hard and enjoying the last few days of my high school career. It's been kind of calm and I'm waiting for everything to come together in June.
"I can't really put my finger on one thing," he said. "I'm just looking forward to getting there and getting settled... just being there. I'm looking forward to everything really."
Lombard got a glimpse of what Brian Kelly's Notre Dame would look like this spring. Christian made a couple visits to Notre Dame for spring practice.
"The practices, they do a lot of things in two hours, which I really like," he said. "It's kind of different from Weis' offense and Weis' practices. They get a lot of production out of their practices and it's exciting.
"I'm going to go in there and I‘m going to have the mindset that I want to compete and that I want to play and that I want to get on the field. I think that's the biggest thing that you have to have for an incoming freshman. You can't go in there thinking you're going to get red-shirted, because what's the point? You have to be competitive from day one and I think that's what I'm going to have and what I'm going to bring to the team."
One of the aspects of Brian Kelly's program that nearly everyone has noticed is the tempo of his practices and the conditioning required to compete. Lombard is doing everything that he can do to be prepared for his first day at Notre Dame.
"I asked some of the guys what the biggest things I needed to work on from now until I report and they said to just stay in shape and be able to run," Lombard explained. "I've been working on that. With the coaches, it's coming in shape. They don't care what you weigh. They're look at body fat, but it's more ‘just come in and get ready to go'.
"I've been working out. The last four years I've been doing the same kind of stuff that coach Longo has incorporated into his workouts, so a lot of the stuff I was doing is the same. It's not too bad, but I like his philosophy, and I've been doing it before I got coach Longo's program from them.
"I'm sore almost every single time I wake up but it's a good thing," he said. "I'm getting work and I'm getting better. It's a good thing to know that you're getting something out of the workouts every day.
"I've lost some body fat and changed my body structure. I credit that to the things that I'm doing and keeping constant with it. It's good to see those results."
Lombard About to Realize His Dream
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