Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the class the Fighting Irish signed Wednesday reflects their return back to the college elite this past season.
Kelly says he won't argue with analysts who call the recruiting class his best, saying the recruits fill some holes. The Irish added running backs Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston , four defensive backs and five offensive linemen. The class also includes highly touted linebacker Jaylon Smith from Fort Wayne. The Irish were still waiting to hear from defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes.
The Irish are expected to be at the 85-player scholarship limit for the first time in recent years, which Kelly says adds some much-needed depth. He says the Irish were limited in how hard they could practice this season because of depth problems.
Notre Dame 2013 football signing class
Notre Dame's 2013 signees announced Wednesday, with position, height, weight and school:
Hunter Bivin, 6-6, 290, OL, Apollo HS, Owensboro, Ky.
Greg Bryant, 5-11, 200, RB, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.
Devin Butler, 6-1, 180, DB, Gonzaga Prep HS, Washington, D.C.
Michael Deeb, 6-2, 235, LB, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Steve Elmer, 6-5, 300, OL, Midland (Mich.) HS
Tarean Folston, 5-10, 190, RB, Cocoa (Fla.) HS
William Fuller, 6-1, 180, WR, Roman Catholic HS, Philadelphia
Mike Heuerman, 6-4, 225, TE, Barron Collier HS, Naples, Fla.
Torii Hunter Jr., 6-0, 180, WR, Prosper (Texas) HS
Rashad Kinlaw, 5-11, 185, DB, Absegami HS, Galloway, N.J.
Cole Luke, 6-0, 180, DB, Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
Jacob Matuska, 6-4, 255, DL, Bishop Hartley HS, Columbus, Ohio
Mike McGlinchey, 6-7, 280, OL, William Penn Charter HS, Philadelphia
Colin McGovern, 6-5, 280, OL, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
John Montelus, 6-5, 305, OL, Everett (Mass.) HS
James Onwualu, 6-1, 210, WR, Cretin-Derham Hall HS, St. Paul, Minn.
Doug Randolph, 6-3, 230, LB, Woodberry Forest HS, Richmond, Va.
Max Redfield, 6-2, 195, DB, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
Corey Robinson, 6-5, 190, WR, San Antonio Christian HS, San Antonio, Texas
Isaac Rochell, 6-5, 265, DL, Eagle's Landing Christian HS, McDonough, Ga.
Jaylon Smith, 6-3, 220, LB, Bishop Luers HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Durham Smythe, 6-5, 230, TE, Belton (Texas) HS
Malik Zaire, 6-1, 190, QB, Archbishop Alter HS, Kettering, Ohio
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