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Brent and Trumbetti enroll at Notre Dame early

Jan 13, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

Andrew Trumbetti

With the second semester just getting under way, freshmen Justin Brent and Andrew Trumbetti have enrolled early and begin their student life at Notre Dame today. The freshman duo will live together in St. Ed’s dorm, start classes and begin conditioning with the football team.

Brent should head into spring workouts capable of making a dent in a wide open wide receiver depth chart. As physically developed as any young receiver on the roster, and with high end speed and athleticism, where Brent lines up, whether in the slot or outside wide, remains to be seen. (Brent spent some time at running back during his senior season as well.) Rarely does a freshman remind you physically of David Givens walking onto campus, but the comparison seems apt after seeing Brent’s lifting regimen.

Trumbetti enters college after an impressive week at the Under Armour All-America game. With the departure of Stephon Tuitt, Louis Nix and Kona Schwenke, he’ll be a part of a defensive line that’s a great unknown, with injuries still likely limiting Tony Springmann and Chase Hounshell for the spring as well.

With a listed recruiting height and weight of 6-5, 250, it’ll be interesting if those numbers become a bit more modest now that Trumbetti is on campus. But as a high motor pass rush player, if the Irish do spend part of spring working into more four-man fronts, Trumbetti could be the beneficiary of those changes.

As you’d expect, both took to social media to commemorate the occasion. Trumbetti revealed he’ll be wearing No. 98 for the Irish, while Brent made sure he got his daily workout in, only this time in a much nicer location than the basement he did his weight training in.

My locker

A photo posted by Andrew Trumbetti (@andrewtrumbetti) on

  1. onward2victory - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Nice to see some top talent coming out of Indiana.
    Jaylon Smith – ND’s best defensive player
    Sheldon Day – Best D-lineman
    Holmes – Sounds like he could be the best WR next year unless DD comes back with a vengeance.

    • onward2victory - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      And by Holmes I mean Brent.

  2. nudeman - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Interesting you refer to the WR depth chart as “wide open”.

    TJ Jones leaving creates some space, but there is a LOT of talent already at ND. Corey Robinson, Torri Hunter, Daniels, Fuller, Onwaulu, Prosise and Brown (I’m sure I’m forgetting someone) all had their moments this past year and look poised to break out.

    Brent sounds great but it won’t be easy breaking into this lineup.

    • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      So of the 7+ names you listed, which are locks to be the Top 5 right now?

      Hence, it’s wide open.

      • nudeman - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        My point, however poorly you think I was in expressing it, is that there are 7 guys who have a year or more under their belt, and therefore are ahead of him right now.

        Wide open?
        Yes, in the same way the Kennedy Exp’y. is wide open at 6pm on a Thursday.

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        That’s what wide open means. 7-8 unproven players competing for 3 starting WR spots.

    • onward2victory - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      My point is simply that Indiana is actually producing some top notch football players.

    • irishpuma - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      I agree and disagree he will have to beat a lot of receivers but I think it is wide open. When you take DD out of the picture you have Chris Brow with 15 catches and all of the rest of the receivers are under 10 catches for a whole year. You have one on the list Hunter with no catches out all year, one with one catch, Onwallu with 2 catches etc. Pretty inexperienced WR depth chart but I do agree they all have a head start on him.

  3. regionirish - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I hope none of the talented freshmen get MaxRedfield’ed.

    MaxRedfield’ed = You are better than the experienced player ahead of you, but your coordinator and/or head coach says you don’t “know” the position yet.

    Farley missing tackles and taking poor angles, with Max on the bench was one of the most frustrating things for me this past season.

    • regionirish - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Clearly it must have been Diaco who keep Max on the bench. Because as soon as he was gone Max started. See you later Bob. Good luck.

      • ndfaithful - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Kelly talked about this prior to the bowl game and shortly after. He commented that he felt they needed to see Max on the field and he basically told the staff to play him prior to the bowl game. He commented about not having enough tape of him playing in games and that it would be good to see how he does on the field.

        As for him not playing much until then, I wouldn’t assume it was just Diaco. It’s quite possible that the position coaches, coordinators, and even Kelly agreed that the other players had earned the right to start. What a silly concept for any coaching staff to adopt.

        Go figure. Go IRISH.

    • ndfaithful - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Yes! Let’s hope the new OC and DC do the smart thing. They should ignore the facts and observations during practice and pay attention to the star-rating the new guys have and listen to the fans more.

      I mean really, for crying out loud. The whole concept of earning your way onto the field has always annoyed me. I hope ND leaves that old-fashioned way of thinking behind when the new coordinators step in.

      GO IRISH!!! Play who we want you to play!

    • mtndguy - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Ahhh yes, you’re the Max Redfield conspiracy theorist. So regionirish are you Max Redfield? Are you related to him, or just a friend? I know you’ve posted about this conspiracy theory before. As I’ve said before, it seems odd that the coaching staff wouldn’t play the best player available for the position. Just doesn’t seem logical. So why do you think that they buried him in the depth chart?

  4. andy44teg - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    WOW that’s a lot of tattoos for an EE frosh!

    • papadec - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      That’s a lot of tattoos for anyone – I thought it was a shirt, until I read andy’s post, and went back for another look. What the hell – kids today!

      • bearcatirishfan - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Maybe it’s those skin tigh sleeves that some people wear as hollowed costumes. But I had the same thought.

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      He’s parents must be proud. How can you work for a corporation looking like this? Not like the companies I worked at. He can be a security guy at the Carwash Shepard works at

      • jmset3 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        It’s called a long sleeve shirt. And I really doubt McDonald ever cared if you had tattoos or didn’t.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        That’s why mcdonalds fired me , that and I was banging 3 mild customers at once in the walk in cooler while on clock which I totally regret. Shoulda just done it w 2. 3s a crowd

      • papadec - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Good Grief Dick, wake up & join the 21st century! I can’t see them clearly, but they sure look like damn nice ink. Corporate wise – if he plans on working for a NFL team, I don’t see a problem. Even more conservative corporations will just ask him to cover up, if he has customer/client interactions – if that.

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I can’t tell you how many parents are telling kids son, when you grow up I want you to have full double sleeves.

      Focker better be good, I can forgive n forget if he plays good n stay out of trouble but most double sleeved people act like double sleeved people.

      • jmset3 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Oh, please go explain what a double sleeves person acts like. I need to go remind my double sleeves friends that work at IBM, Google, and as an attorney on how they are supposed to act.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Tell ur friends that I think they’re weak minded, attention starved, degenerated weirdos. I’m not saying they’re not smart, just weird.

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Especially ones that take selfies.

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      I wonder why he left his face blank? He should’ve gotten something on his face to match cuz he’s already crossed the “buffoon” line.

    • irishpuma - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Clearly comes from a rich family the new signs of wealth. He has 5k worth of tatts on him and a neat iphone case. I think his eyebrows are threaded as well.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        I do believe he was recruited by Ohio State…

  5. mediocrebob - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Greg Bryant is pretty tatted. People have been crying over him not playing all year. And guys…he’s not at a job interview. He’s going to school and trying to make it to the NFL. Time to leave the 1960s. It’s what kids these days do. And his degree from ND will speak louder than his tattoos.

    Welcome to the Bend, fellas. Go Irish.

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Yeah he is. I bet he’s hung like Visanthe Shiancoe too! I’m so jealous right now.

  6. fnc111 - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Let’s not talk about the defensive line. Doing that too much could make us vomit. It’s time to win games like Texas AM does. It’s the only way to a 9-3 record next season. It’s a scary thought, I know, considering how bad the offense has struggled under Kelly. We have to have a great offense finally. Earn your money CBK!

  7. fnc111 - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    1960’s? Better have them covered up or coverable or he/she won’t get a good job.

    • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Name one major company that’s worth working for that won’t hire because of tattoos.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        C’mon getsome a lot of companies will not hire you when you show up double sleeved. He could go work for Vivid or Naughty America or Mikes Apartment right now though

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Name one.

      • irishaggie - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        If the tattoos are completely covered then you are likely to be hired. If they are visible and there are other candidates with the same talents then you’re out. When you get hired you represent the company and if you like to show your tats you will get asked to cover them and if you don’t they’ll push you out.

        Bottomline is if you are behind the scenes and clients or customers don’t see you it’s okay. If you are the face of the company of have lots of clients they will not allow you to show tattoos because it’s bad for business. The majority of wealthy professionals today are older and the tattoo thing doesn’t fly. Unless your companies enjoy breaking even you hire guys that look professional.

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM


        And if your g-string is covered up, then you should be ok as well. Singling out “tattoos” as inappropriate versus overall professional appearance and decorum are two very different things. To say that a legitimate company will not be successful because they employ people with visible tattoos is about as ignorant as any comment I have read on this blog.

        I don’t remember reading any comments about Manti Te’o’s tats and how it could prohibit him from getting a job some day. Just plain ignorant.

      • irishaggie - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Slow down there buddy. Let me clarify that I am not anti-tattoo. Some of them can look pretty cool and in Manti’s case that is his culture, and when he dressed up for the Heisman ceremony you couldn’t see any of it. Now let me say, ALL important companies that require to dress professionally have verbiage in their employment agreements and codes of conduct for appearance. You’re calling me an ignorant for stating a simple fact but it’s okay, not all folks are intelligent and we need guys like you. Mohawks are also cool and you can be really bright person but try sporting one as a lawyer and see how much business you’ll have regardless of how good you are. Piercings are cool too, but wear one to an interview for a CEO position and call me when you get the job, I’ll buy you a beer. I’m out my IQ is dropping talking about common sense.

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        You’re talking out of your ass. Read the article from Forbes that I posted for you below.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        But Manti’s not black. He’s Asian so he’s bit smarter.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        University of Notre Dame for one. They better not because I will stop donating my $$$

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        I dunno. Maybe I’d take Vivid out. Vivid is such a classy Jewish organization…

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Get some, can we just agree that having double full sleeved by age 18 maybe isn’t the most smartest thing to do? And I mean this is coming from mr dick Asman, the devil himself. It’s a bit much even for me.

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        What about that target tattoo on your lower back? You didn’t seem to have a problem with getting that done when you were 18.

    • 1hoss - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Oh for God’s sake, corporations are hiring homos to work for them these days, you think they’re going to care about a little ink.

      • dickasman - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Will they hire a double sleeved homo? Getsome, what about the poo c tattoo I have on my kok. Your thoughts?

  8. kcoral - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Trombetti is too small. Was eaten up by the tackles in the AAA game. Has good quickness and plays super hard but red-shirt would be best for him…

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Don’t worry, BK will move him to cornerback.

  9. kcoral - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Sorry, meant Trumbetti

  10. getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Daily mile? I applaud my wife for making this a part of her daily routine but I would think a 4 star WR should be doing daily mile runs if he’s going to tweet about it. Oh well, hope he has better hands than Daniels.

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Getsome Is ur wife hott? What size bra/panties? How old? Does she swallow? Or at least attempt to?

      • irishpuma - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Dickas we can work out a payment plan if you want me to send some “game day” panties your way. My lady is in her twenties.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Fuggggyyyyaaaaaaaa, HOTT! Puma, I prefer the 3 days worn ones where the white crusty creamies are blended in w the urine yellow, soooo hotttt! Better than cocaine no sht

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Puma what’s her twatter, sho me wat u workin wit

    • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Haha. Sorry. Meant “5 mile” runs if he’s going to tweet about it.

      • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        She must be fat n ugly just as I had imagined

  11. getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Here’s an article from Forbes regarding Tattoos in the workplace today. Granted, this article is already a year old but it clearly shows that visible tattoos does not prevent a qualified candidate from getting or job or promotion.

    Basically, other than employers who generally just wants sall employees to look and act professional at work, the only groups of people who seem to discriminate against tattoos are those intolerant to diversity. Aka “good ol’ fashioned bigots”.

    • irishaggie - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Getsome Incorporated is proud to present new leadership in upper management. Effective tomorrow our new CEO will be Lil Wayne. We are very excited to promote JR Smith as our CFO. The new HR director will be Birdman and the head of our PR department is Dennis Rodman given his knowledge in foreign affairs.

      Success baby!!

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        So every career person who has tattoos is Lil’ Wayne or Dennis Rodman? Nice touch throwing Birdman in there so you don’t give away your true agenda here.

        News flash “buddy”. Not everybody has to look like you anymore to get a job.

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        And take it out Forbes, not me. They did the actual studies and interviews. I’m just telling you that you’re wrong.

    • dickasman - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Well since forbes says ok, I’m going to get my kok tattooed. Forbes has 0 bearing on my life or workplace. They don’t know sht about sht.

      Get some ru one of them double sleeved douches? I have upper 1/4 sleeve that is easily coverable and still can wear tight short sleeved shirts in summer that all summer interns wanna bang.

      I dunno too many double sleeved rich asholes. I know a lot of poor ones.

      • getsome99 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        The point is not ALL employers think like you. Not even the majority of them. Just like they probably don’t hate Blacks, Asians, Jews, etc either.

        Business professional means suit and tie. If we’re really talking about interviewing for an Executive position that is. If we’re talking about working at your grandma’s nursery, than it doesn’t matter there either. Unless she too has a personal distaste for black guys with tattoos. But that’s not what I heard.

      • dickasman - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        You’re wrong they do care. They certainly would not ever say “we are not going to hire black, etc”. But they do care believe me

  12. ajw21 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Really tattoos? The off season just started! Pace yourself guys!
    Go Irish!

    • danirish - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      You beat me too it. Let’s hope for the rest of the off season, tattoos are all we are talking about. No more suspensions, fake girlfriends, cheating scandals, coaching departures, or defections.


  13. danirish - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    I’m not a fan of tattoos but I don’t care if he has a few. Heck, T’eo had a pretty wicked one on his left arm.

    I just hope he is fast enough that when he runs by you can’t see his tattoo!

    I also hope that at least 2 or 3 of the wr’s on roster can separate from the rest and bot have a committee like we did at rb last season.

    What do y’all think:
    QB – Golson (Zaire plays a lot)
    RB – Folson starts, McDaniel and Bryant get lots of carries
    TE – Koyack & new kid for 2 TE sets? Who is going to be the next from TEU?
    WR – Robinson (size), Brown (speed), & Procise (TJ’s replacement – possession receiver)
    OL – five monsters who will destroy you!

    • mattymill - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Zaire playing a lot implies Golson is struggling – which I don’t like the sound of. BK isn’t going to employ some kind of 2 QB system – he wants 1 guy to take control. The only other issue I have with your starting lineup is the absence of DD. Sure he’s suspended for the Spring, but assuming he’s enrolled in the fall – he will be in the starting lineup for sure. But I do like the abundance of young talent at the WR position.

      • danirish - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Let me clarify: Zaire plays a lot because the Irish have HUGE leads by the end of the 3rd quarter.


      • getsome99 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        I hope Zaire does play a lot. He’s a lefty and can make it very difficult for defenses to prepare for us. A lot of successful teams do it and it also give Kelly the option to ride the “hot hand” in case one is struggling. If Zaire works his way into playing time, it most likely means they can’t keep him off the field. It is possible that Golson regresses from his level of play to end 2012, but not likely.

  14. fitz79 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Update: following the poor examples of role models like Troy, Stephan and George, Brent and Trumbetti have decided to fore go their final 4 years at Notre Dame to test the “murky waters” of the NFL draft.

  15. ndnapa - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Just a pause to talk about Brent’s talent. Since I first viewed Brent’s tape about 9 months ago, I’ve thought he plays exactly like Terrell Owens, without the drama. He’s big, physical, fast and competitive. Daniels better get his act together, because once Brent hits the field, he’s never coming off.

    • dickasman - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Personally too many tattoos to root for a guy. Sending a wrong message. I hope he transfers but that’s just me. I with hold my right to change my mind but for now this is my thought.

      Sorry gang, bang…I would like to start a tattoo removal fund for this moron.

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