Between the start of the 2011 season and national singing day in February, with Notre Dame football, when it rained, it poured. A turnover led to more turnovers. A blown coverage led to more blown coverages. Decommitments led to more decommitments.
A head-scratching six months finally came to a close in late February when Scottsdale, Ariz., wide receiver Davonte Neal signed with the Irish after an announcement day that resembled something straight out of Hollywood. Since then, it's been mostly positives in South Bend.
Granted, no games have been played, but Notre Dame fans are staring at a top-10 and potentially a top-five recruiting class in 2013.
The headliner of the class by a wide stretch is linebacker Jaylon Smith from Fort Wayne, Ind. He pledged his name to the Fighting Irish on June 2, becoming the 13th of Notre Dame's 14 current commitments.
Here are 10 things to know about the prized jewel of the 2013 class.
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