Portland (Ore.) Tigard athlete Braden Lenzy announced that he has committed to Notre Dame, becoming the 11th member of Notre Dame’s 2018 class, and the fifth addition since Feb. 13. Lenzy is the seventh Rivals250 player to join the Irish class.
Lenzy knew when he visited South Bend Feb. 11 that Notre Dame was the place he wanted to be. It felt like home.
“The family feel, honestly,” Lenzy said of why he chose Notre Dame. “When I was there, I felt so welcomed and it was just so easy to see myself there.”
Lenzy is a big addition to the class. Rivals rates him as the No. 21 athlete and No. 238 overall player in the nation.
Following his junior season, Lenzy was named to OregonLive.com’s 6A all-state second team as a defensive back, and a was an honorable mention as a wide receiver. Notre Dame is recruiting him to play the X position in its offense, and it sold him on the opportunity for early playing time and touches.
“Outside receiver and to get the ball in space and play early,” Lenzy said, referring to what Notre Dame sold him on from a football standpoint.
A two-way player, Lenzy built strong relationships with wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. He will begin his career on he offensive side of the ball, and taking him away from that spot could be difficult.
Oregon and Indiana obviously have significant distance between each other, but Lenzy and his family have deep ties to the Hoosier State, and he stated from the beginning that distance would not play a factor in his decision. His father, Melvin Lenzy, is a native of Ohio and a Purdue graduate.