2013 Recruiting: Big Weekend for Notre Dame

By patmercadante
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

There will be a buzz around the Notre Dame campus this weekend, as not one, not two, not three but fourof the top players in the country while be touring Notre Dame Fighting Irish facilities this weekend. Eddie Vanderdoes, Kylie Fitts, Durham Smythe and Deon Hollins all are star recruits and will no doubt make significant impacts if they wear the blue and gold.

As National Signing Day approaches on February 6, what a way for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly to improve his already very impressive recruiting class. Kelly already has 22 of the top players in the country committed to come to Notre Dame.

Five of the players of this year’s recruiting class quarterback Malik Zaire, offensive lineman Steve Elmer, tight end Mike Heuerman and wide receivers James Onwualu and Corey Robinson have already enrolled at Notre Dame to get a jump start on their studies and get their Notre Dame career underway.

Kelly still has work to do with this year’s class and this weekend could be crucial for Notre Dame with the talent that can be added to this year’s class.

Vanderdoes is a top defensive tackle that had a dominating performance at the U.S. Army All-American game against some of the best offensive lineman in the country. Vanderdoes was committed to USC but had a change of heart leaving the Irish in the mix to attain his services.

Fitts, defensive end, who is another former USC recruit, who thanks to Lane Kiffin and his tactics is looking for a new home and what better place than South Bend. Fitts would be a great addition to the Irish and Kelly would be very happy to land another piece of the puzzle for defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

Hollins, outside linebacker could be a key addition to an already outstanding group of linebacker recruits, Jaylon Smith, a five-star recruits and one of the top linebackers committed to Notre Dame in June. Hollins could come to South Bend and with Smith become a force on the Irish defense for years to come. Hollins is committed to UCLA but could change his mind after spending time at Notre Dame.

Tight end Durham Smythe could be another key addition to Notre Dame  for what has been known in recent years as, “Tight End U” . Many tight ends that have come to Notre Dame have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL and Smythe has the ability to keep that tradition alive. Smythe has great size and his quickness gives him versatility as a blocker or he can lineup as a wide out.

All of the recruits can bring something special to Notre Dame and hopefully this weekend they will see how special of a place it is at Notre Dame and make this their college choice.



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