Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Biggest Remaining Targets Irish Must Land

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIDecember 13, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 11: Brian Kelly attends a press conference where he was named new football head coach at Notre Dame University on December 11, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana.  Kelly most recently led the University of Cincinnati to two consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances including a perfect 12-0 record this past season. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
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Head coach Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have had an excellent year so far, and I'm not even talking about on the field.

Sure, the Irish have gained a ton of attention because of their 12-0 regular season and spot in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama, but Kelly and his program have also been dominant on the field of college football recruiting as well.

Kelly's 2013 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 3 overall by, so that goes to show you just how successful Notre Dame recruiting has been as well.

Also, consider that out of Notre Dame's 22 current commitments, 13 of them are 4-star recruits and two of them are 5-stars.

5-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith and 5-star running back Greg Bryant are the two marquee players of Kelly's class as it stands right now.

For as good as Notre Dame has been on the recruiting trail though, it is not done quite yet.

There are still some major recruits on Notre Dame's target list, and if Kelly wants to have a truly memorable recruiting year, he's going to need to bring them into the fold:


Max Redfield, 5-star Safety, Mission Viejo High School (CA)

First and foremost, 4-star safety Max Redfield has to become the main priority. Redfield is a former USC commit, but after he decommited from the Trojans it appeared as if Notre Dame had become his top choice.

He recently stated that at this point it's 50/50 after a visit to USC, though, so Notre Dame has to do everything it can to gain back the advantage over Lane Kiffin's program.

Redfield is considered to be the No. 3 safety recruit in the nation by Rivals, so locking him up is integral for the Fighting Irish.


Alquadin Muhammad, 4-star Defensive End, Don Bosco Prep (NJ)

Notre Dame is Muhammad's No. 1 team according to his 247Sports interest list, so it would be a major disappointment if Kelly can't land his commitment.

Bringing Muhammad in would also go a long way towards fortifying Notre Dames' pipeline with New Jersey, and Don Bosco Prep is a great school to have a connection with.

From a talent standpoint, Muhammad could be a huge commitment for the Fighting Irish. He has great size at 6'4'', 230 pounds and excellent speed—running a 4.65 40 according to 247Sports.

After Redfield, Muhammad is the must-have recruit for Notre Dame.


L.J. Moore, 4-star Cornerback, Central East High School (CA)

L.J. Moore isn't a name I've brought up much, but he's definitely worth mentioning here. Moore is the No. 20 ranked cornerback in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, so he would be an extremely talented defensive back for the Fighting Irish to pick up.

Moore is 6'2'', 185 pounds and he runs a 4.5 40 according to 247Sports. He has the size to be a lock-down corner, and he possesses the speed to stick with wide receivers in coverage.

Landing Moore would be a huge recruiting win for Kelly and his staff, and they have a great shot to do just that.

Notre Dame is one of his top-two schools along with UCLA according to his 247Sports interest list.

This is a recruiting battle that Notre Dame must win.

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