With depth at linebacker becoming an issue following the conclusion of last season, Brian Kelly and Co. were charged with reeling in a quality group of linebackers. They did just that.
The first linebacker commit in the 2013 class was 5-star prospect Jaylon Smith, a native of nearby Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to Rivals.com, Smith is the nation's best linebacker, and fourth-best prospect regardless of position.
Smith's commitment sparked a string of recruiting successes for the Fighting Irish, as linebackers Michael Deeb and Danny Mattingly, as well as defensive end Isaac Rochell, each committed to the Irish.
The Notre Dame coaching staff isn't done with what is shaping up to be the nation's premier group of linebacker commits. Alex Anzalone, a 4-star linebacker and former Ohio State commit, has whittled down his list of schools to Florida, Penn State and Notre Dame.
As for Anzalone's destination, nothing is for certain at the current moment. For what it's worth, Rivals.com recruiting director Mike Farrell recently tweeted that his gut feeling for Anzalone is Notre Dame or Florida.