Is it too early to be excited about the recruits Notre Dame has already garnered verbal commitments from? Considering how superficial college recruiting can be, that question can be answered in one word—yes.
But there are also some important recruiting trends that are hard to simply dismiss as a coincidence.
Even after losing two offensive coaches—Tim Hinton and Ed Warinner (running backs and offensive line coaches, respectively)—to Ohio State and after making major changes to the staff—including shuffling coaches around like chess pieces and bringing in three new coaches—Notre Dame is well on its way to a very solid and possibly great 2013 recruiting class.
With the help of experienced offensive line coach Harry Hiestand (first year at Notre Dame) and a young, energetic recruiter in Scott Booker (first year with the team) who is coaching tight ends, high school players aren't hesitant to commit early.
In fact, four of the five most highly rated recruits so far play either along the offensive line or at tight end (and seven out of 12 overall). Offensive linemen and tight ends always flock to Notre Dame, and this year is no different.
So, who are the top commits from the Irish's 2013 recruiting class so far?