It still doesn’t seem real to Notre Dame fans and it shouldn’t. A magical 12-0 season full of nail-biters and a ton of moments that were almost labeled with “what if?” came to a crashing end in the BCS National Championship Game. Of course, making it to the title game as the No. 1 team in the country after two 8-5 seasons under head coach Brian Kelly is one heck of an accomplishment for a team like the Fighting Irish, but they want more and so do their fans. Well, they’re off to a great start in 2013 with a top-five recruiting class that is sure to keep Notre Dame relevant for at least another couple of years.
National Signing Day is now over and Notre Dame landed not one, but two five-star recruits in linebacker Jaylon Smith and defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. These players are two of many looking to keep Notre Dame’s defense an elite college football unit, especially after the departure of studs like Manti Te’o, all girlfriend hoax jokes aside.
Of course, Notre Dame’s offense has some holes to fill as well after the running back duo of Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood both used up all of their eligibility during the title chase last year. The No. 2 running back recruit in the nation will certainly help to keep Notre Dame’s running game from going completely under in 2013. Four-star recruit Greg Bryant brings a southern flair from Florida that is sure to breath some life into the Irish on offense this year.
Overall, the Irish received 24 commits, including the pair of five-star recruits, 18 four-star players and handful of three-star recruits to round out their 2013 recruiting class. As if their 2012 season wasn’t enough, the Irish are just getting started.